From Anne DaBee:
I agree with Anne. Don’t know why Herb H. called people blue noses who used the term necker knobs. According to Fred, the people who used the term were usually jocks who used the knobs, but oddly enough, not the car guys, the street drag racers, car modifiers, and so on.
And from Bill R:
A variation on “Death before dishonor.”
Floy Floy Revisited
I could make an entire career writing about floy floy. Somewhere in the world right now, someone is thinking about floy floy and may find the Parvum Opus columns about it. Here’s the newest entry and a most interesting one, from new reader Ben W.
Ben’s second note:
A lot to chew on here. Again, here’s a link to the song by Slim Gaillard. And another one, the complete recording by Slim and Slam. And here it is by The Mills Brothers and Louis Armstrong. It’s just too good.
Idiots Are the New Dummies (She Screamed)
Contribution from another new reader, Rebecca R.:
Bee & Flower
Perhaps you’ve used Bee & Flower soap from Shanghai, China. I first saw it when my brother brought a box home as a gift from Vietnam. It seemed wonderfully exotic then; I’ve since bought it in Chinese groceries here. Beautifully packaged in flowered paper with a pretty paper band around it and a gold seal, it has a charming promotional insert in four languages, Chinese, French, Spanish, and English. So often packaging material from abroad features some pretty entertaining English, but this is almost perfect, with only a couple of dubious constructions:
First, it should be “recommend to you”. Perhaps the writer confused the indirect with the direct object construction (“we recommend the soap”), or confused the verb with tell or sell (“we tell you about the soap”; “we sell you the soap”). I also thought you’d have to be convinced before you buy the product, but that’s just quibbling. You may have doubts, and still purchase.
The Sandalwood Bee & Flower soap description on Amazon.com tells us the manufacturer is Prince of Peace, and is even more seductive, in a refined way, with no discernable errors though again the convincing time line is a little confusing; that is, using the soap is convincing after you’ve bought it, but the promo must convince before purchasing, except that the printed material is sealed inside the wrapper:
Lately I’ve heard Los Angeles pronounced with a hard G in movies from the 1950s — Ang-el-es, which must have been in common use then and there, keeping in mind that those movies were made in Hollywood. Los Angeles grew from a small town founded in the 18th century and of course the Spanish pronunciation is An-hel-es. Since the ‘50s, pronunciation seems to have stabilized in the Anglicized version with the G sound of the City of Angels: An-jel-ez.
Friday, September 11th, 2009
Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli created a monument to 9/11 called “To the Struggle Against World...
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
In Great Britian Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvir Hussain have been convicted of plotting terrorist...
Sunday, September 6th, 2009
An arithmetic thought problem: If you divide 270 dead people into 900 million pounds, how many of the dead...
Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Green Czar Van Jones is gone, forced to resign by smears, he says. Actually he was forced to resign because of...
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Whither Spooning? asks whether synchronized spooning can be admitted to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Humorous sports article.
Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Cats: One woman's tale of menopause, in which I learn that the body is predictive; I perceive that I am like my cat; and I find love. Autobiographical essay.
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Trivium pursuit ~ rhetoric, grammar, and logic, or reading, writing, and reckoning: Parvum Opus discusses language, education, journalism, culture, and more. Parvum Opus by Rhonda Keith is a publication of KeithOps / Opus Publishing Services. Editorial input provided by Fred Stephens. Rhonda Keith is a long-time writer, editor, and English teacher. Back issues from December 2002 may be found at http://www.geocities.com/keithops/; 2009 issues are at http://cafelit.blogspot.com.. Feel free to e-mail me with comments or queries. The PO mailing list is private, never given or sold to anyone else. If you don't want to receive Parvum Opus, please e-mail, and I'll take you off the mailing list. Copyright Rhonda Keith 2009. Parvum Opus or part of it may be reproduced only with permission, but you may forward the entire newsletter as long as the copyright remains.