Dulce, utile, et decorum est pro patria scribere.
Put on Your NerdCaps
Mike Sykes explains how CamelCase is useful in programming:
*That extra cap is also on upshift (which we just call Shift in the US).
Remember when PC file names had to be no more than eight characters long? And no spaces.
Wikipedia says “this article calls the two alternatives upper camel case and lower camel case. Some people and organizations use the term camel case only for lower camel case.” But wouldn’t lower camel case be a broke-back camel?
Other synonyms are:
· BumpyCaps or BumpyCase
· CamelBack (or camel-back) notation
· CapitalizedWords or CapWords for upper camel case in Python
· ClCl (Capital-lower Capital-lower) and sometimes ClC
· HumpBack (or hump-back) notation
· InterCaps or intercapping
· LeadingCaps for upper camel case
· mixedCase for lower camel case in Python
· Pascal case for upper camel case
· WikiWord or WikiCase (especially in wikis)
My favorite is NerdCaps, which would make a great name for a new line of head gear.
Bad Sex in Fiction Award
A new literary contest! I didn’t know about the Bad Sex Award (at least in literature). Jonathan Littell, who won the Prix Goncourt in 2006 for The Kindly Ones, has won the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for the same book. This is the kind of writing that earned Littell the prize:
The physiology alone…
Should I have added a warning at the beginning of that paragraph? Could that passage be considered in any way adult, or conducive to lustful imaginings? You can find more at the Literary Review web site, and (warning) it is much more graphic, as they say, and also very bad writing. But could it be called pornographic when it’s so much more likely to make the reader become celibate than lustful? “Why does your god deny you this?” asks someone in one of the rejected literary samples. Because it’s lousy writing, which means lousy thinking, which makes for lousy sex. It makes one long for the old days of the line of asterisks that indicated a steamy literary interlude.
Rich Lederer wrote:
“I looked up the chimney” is also different from “I looked up Mary when I was in town”; these are idiomatic. But somehow phrases like “Up the word I looked” me of Pennsylvania Dutch (or Deutsch/German), where you might see something like “KEEP THE PAINT OFF” (wet paint)!
Herb Hickman asked this:
I would just call it repetition for emphasis, but perhaps there is a rhetorical term. Rich? I don’t think the Five-Oh writers invented it, but at the moment I can’t come up with earlier examples. I’m sure you’d find them in all the old cowboy movies, which I watched devotedly as a child. In fact it sounds nearly Shakespearean.
On the Radio
At the end of a computer radio program: “Happy computering!” — not computing. Ordinarily I would think this is a case of using an invented verb and forgetting the perfectly good verb already available, but not so. “Computing” means either calculating, or whatever it is that the computer does faster than you do. “Computering” here means using the computer and its applications.
On a radio segment discussing an odious pair of child molesters, a prosecutor said “mopery” is the correct police term for such crimes, and a “mope” is a molester. These terms are rarely used in ordinary conversation or literature, and are not found on my usual online dictionaries. Wikipedia gives them a different, more general definition. But I’d believe the police when they talk about their own words.
Another crime report: A man busted for operating a meth lab faces “enhanced charges” because a child was present. “Enhanced” almost always means improved rather than increased but apparently the distinction between quality and quantity isn’t always clear with this word in some people’s minds, and indeed a greater penalty can seem like a better penalty.
Tim Bazzett writes:
A former student of mine from an African country I don’t recall wrote this on his Facebook page (not to me):
He also speaks English and French. I don’t know what this language is and there’s no online translator for it. It seems to have been a comment on a photo of three rather glamorous young African women. Intriguing.
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. After WWII, my dad returned from the South Pacific after a few years on the aircraft carrier Intrepid, and brought home some souvenirs, one of which was a doll-sized pair of underpants imprinted with “Remember Pearl.”
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