Dulce, utile, et decorum est pro patria scribere
W--t g--s a----d the i------t c---s a----d F------k
Get it? How about this, which showed up yet again, on Facebook:
OK, you can read this, because all the letters are there. I don't believe your brain reads only the first and last letters. If that were true, you'd have no problem with that sentence full of blanks, which I constructed to prove a point. While you can read the second sentence, you don't read it "perfectly" but you read it rather easily (despite the faulty punctuation also) because all the letters are there, and in the words of two or three letters they kept the middle letters in the correct position. Meanwhile, your brain is working to sort out the middle letters in the longer words. You are reading them, you can't block them from your vision, so your brain can use them. But if your eye and brain couldn't pick them up at all, you'd have that first sentence and the title.
Figured out the headline yet? Anyone who gets it will receive a book from somewhere in our bookshelves.
Also gleaned from Facebook (but better than the spelling flim-flam) was The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man, which includes archaic vocabulary such as:
A useful reference if you read anything published before the 20th century.
Chris Stephens wrote about bad selling techniques in his blog Minddynamite, but follow the link about how to learn to speak with a Middle Eastern accent. Chris also mentioned Indiglish (also known as Englian), which is what you get when you call a service tech in India. Sounds like it’s what you say when you’re indignant (or possibly indigenous). Anyway India is not Middle Eastern, it’s Asian. It looks like it’s in the middle of Asia, whereas what we call the Middle East looks like it’s Western Asia. Sort of like the U.S. Mid-West is really Mid-East.
I don’t think we have Middle Eastern service techs yet. Personally I don’t want to be hearing “Allahu Akbar” when I’m trying to find out why Yahoo Mail is screwing up again.
The Slow No
A Canadian caller to the Dennis Miller show said his mother had cancer and was being given the “slow no”, meaning delays in treatment, meaning no medical treatment. He brought his mother to the States for medical care.
From Vigilance to Completion
Since ancient times, monks have had regular hours for prayer, which are called:
Prime: 6 a.m., first hour
Terce: 9 a.m., third hour
Sext: noon, sixth hour
Nones: 3 p.m., ninth hour
Compline: before bed
I went to camp for a week when I was a kid, where we had prayers at vespers, so that’s the only word of this list that fixed itself in my memory. I had to look up the rest.
Vigils: Of course we all know vigilant — wake, watch. The night watch makes sense.
Matins: From Matuta, Roman goddess of morning. Ever hear of her?
Lauds: Praises, like the song “Morning Has Broken”.
Prime: Obviously, number one.
Terce: Obviously, number three.
Sext: Ditto six.
Nones: Ditto nine.
Vespers: Means evening.
Compline: Related to Latin completa/completus.
Fred says he thinks Vigils may be Anglican. In Catholic monasteries, Vigil is the watch over the body of a dead monk before burial. Daily, after about five hours sleep, Lauds directly follows Matins and together they last about three hours. Prime, Terce, Sext, and Nones are about half an hour each. Vespers is long, and is followed by Compline.
Jobs You Can’t Get Anymore
Mike Sykes sent along another old poem from his stock, “I Was a Bustlemaker.” There probably are still a couple of bustlemakers around, though, making bustles for movies and theater companies.
Terms of Engagement
Ryan Scott Welch, in writing about controlling your own terms of political argument, said:
That hadn’t occurred to me. I always thought the term distinguished between poor people who work and those who don’t, which makes another though equally valid point.
Marriage Agency Albatross
I received an e-mail from a Russian lady who wishes possibly to marry me, which I must decline, but perhaps some of you will be as charmed by her writing as I was (I can send you her e-mail address). Here are excerpts:
The Weekly Gizzard: Moi on Examiner.com
About my March 16 item below on Obama’s promising 3,000% reduction in costs: It was rightly pointed out that this was a straw man argument since he probably just flubbed it or his teleprompter writer did, though he wasn’t thinking and the audience applauded. Nevertheless, I’ll put my straw man up against your straw man any day. That particular piece was quoted, much to my surprise, on Special Report with Bret Baier on Tuesday.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Obama says 3,000% lower insurance payments are possible
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, Obama said that if his health care bill passes, American employers could wind up...
Billions for projects stimulate more questions than jobs
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Below is a list of 102 projects to be funded by the stimulus package. There will be a lot more questions created by...
ACORN goes underground for the time being
Thursday, March 11, 2010
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is leaving Ohio. Maybe. The 1851 Center for...
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