People who didn’t grow up speaking English usually try to use a plural unit in phrases like “five-minute walk”. TIL why. Inflectional Survivor
My neighbor across the street is shoveling snow off his driveway. He has a 10-year-old son; my father would have regarded that as a failure of parenting.
Working on my New Year’s Resolution. So far, I’ve got, “Whereas…”
Rest ye merry, everyone!
|Should move||No Problem||WD-40|
|Shouldn't||Duct Tape||No Problem|
Which is the best idea?
- Wheeling, West Virginia
- Licking, Missouri
- Flushing, New York
- Banning, California
Reverse list test #2: 3. Use HTML pre tag 2. Put in newlines manually 1. Fix autocorrect when it splits “newlines” into two words
- This line starts with a “4” because the list is in reverse order.
- I typed this line with a “3” at the beginning.
- This line starts with a “2”.
- Number 1 comes last, in traditional Letterman style.
Leaderboard: most boring pop lyrics of all time. 🎶
- “So therefore”: Dexy’ s Midnight Runners, “Come on, Eileen”
- “Et cetera”: The Turtles, “Elenore”
- “…”: REM, “Lotus”
Oh please, just stop.
Could someone please invent a wine basket for the outside of a car, so that the champagne is chilled by the time I get home?
Bleg 📚 I recall reading a science-fiction story (1970’s?) about robotic child-care workers that were as close to human as could be. Adults were fooled, but the children developed a new sense that enabled them to see the difference. Who wrote it?
Now my dream is in reach. I can set up a small shop where I produce hand-crafted, artisanal benefit-cost analyses. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaff…
The plan is to surreptitiously replace all the shopping-mall Christmas music with Telemann concerti, and see how long it takes for anyone to notice. 🎶
“Grading on the steep curve by which he is judged…” …and there’s no need to read any further into that column. 🗑
Enthusiasm for John Crowley’s Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr. 📚 www.idiosophy.com/2018/12/n…
The better your paper-shredder is, the harder it is to clean up after you drop the basket.
Looked up “gammon” in the OED. “1601 P. Holland tr. Pliny Hist. World II. 332 In the pestle and gammond both of a swine, there be certain ioint whirlbones.”
Forget gammon. I’m going to try to use “whirlbone” in conversation today.
For some reason, this post from my blog gets hits every day. www.idiosophy.com/2017/08/a… 📚
Graphical representation of how the Inklings influenced each other. www.idiosophy.com/2018/11/f…
Today a woman in a niqab told me how much she regretted missing her chance to tour with Prince.
I had a tweet go viral last week. It was nice to meet a thousand new, interesting people, but I’m glad to be back in two-fave obscurity.
Blue jays foraging in the cornfield after the harvester went through. They swallow kernels whole.
Gave the cat a bath. Initial assault repelled with heavy losses. Reprise of the attack succeeded. 🐱🐅
TIL the Russians have a version of the polka that’s danced in threes. Delightful, until I realized why it was invented. youtube.com/watch