Posts Tagged ‘words’
Better Than English: Untranslatable Words defines the Yiddish word farpotshket as “Something that is all fouled up, especially as the result of attempts to fix it–repeatedly making something worse while trying to fix it.” It is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable.
This term rather well described me when I took wood shop in 7th and 8th grade. Read the rest of this entry »
Bereft of an appropriate topic for the week, I went to the Wordfinder Words that Start with Z, which “can help you score big playing Words With Friends® and Scrabble®.”
I started with the one two-letter word, za: Shortening and alteration of pizza.
Our Living Language: When people speak casually of ordering a za, “pizza,” they are unwittingly producing an expression Read the rest of this entry »
You may have read about the studies dealing with the “swooning magic of head-over-heels love.” Researchers “found high amounts of activity in a ‘reward’ part of the brain when the smitten subjects were shown photos of their honeys. That part of the brain has previously been linked to the desire for cocaine, chocolate and money. Read the rest of this entry »
John Scalzi on Hurricane Katrina, and poverty. “Being Poor,” Ten Years On.
The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’: “They are NOT asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives.”
Mr. Frog linked to Here’s How New Texas Public School Textbooks Write About Slavery.
No, Mount McKinley’s former and new name, “Denali,” does NOT mean “Black Power” in Kenyan. Or Swahili. Denali means “the great one” in the local Athabaskan language of Alaska.
Leslie, part of our ABC Wednesday team, posted this on Facebook. I’m lazy enough to stretch it into a whole blog post.
“The last name game: Use the first letter of your last name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, things, nothing made up.”
1. Last name? Green.
2. An animal? Giraffe. I could have gone with one of these, but it was the first thing I thought of.
3. A boy’s name: George. The obvious choice Read the rest of this entry »