Wednesday Words – Which Is Better?

Would you rather be bitten by a poisonous snake or a venomous one?  Which would you set down to dine upon? Continue reading

Wednesday Words – No Truer Words Were Spoken

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All I’ve ever wanted was an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.

~Steve Martin

Wednesday Words – Is Marriage That Bad?

Bride and Groom from the George Eastman Museum on Flickr Commons. Shared as there are no known copyright restrictions

Bride and Groom from the George Eastman Museum on Flickr Commons. Shared as there are no known copyright restrictions

Well I have to say marriage was the best thing that I ever did. Still amazed I found the half of my soul. BUT I think possibly this groom would agree with this Grouch Marx quote.

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
~Groucho Marx

Wednesday Words – That Gap Has a Name

When I see a front gap between teeth I think of David Letterman and Lauren Hutton. Showing my age aren’t I? But did you know that gap has a name? It’s diastema.

In general that means a gap in teeth. If you are speaking in zoological terms it is the space that occurs between types of teeth say incisors and grinding teeth. BUT when you are referring to humans it means that gap… you know that one in the front there… that’s a diastema.

Wednesday Words – Orwellian Truth

At 50 everyone has the face he deserves
~ George Orwell

As I age quotes that once held nothing for me now hold more meaning. This one sent me to the mirror. I think I did okay. Not bad, not bad at all. Thanks George.

Wednesday Words – Don’t Dot Your I Tittle It

This is no news to my fellow geeks that love fonts. That’s not a dot on your i it’s a tittle. Yep, that’s the real word for it. Why it is call that I don’t know. Maybe when putting the tittle there it’s titillating for some? Sorry, I had to have fun with this word for an object we all know we use a generic word for, but has a very real specific name. So font geeks I tip my hat to you for teaching us about our own language. Thank you.

Wednesday Words – There’s a word for that

That cardboard sleeve you get to keep the hot coffee in comfortably in your grasp has a name. It’s a Zarf. That’s a cool word. Fun to say. Starts with a Z. English doesn’t have enough Z words so please don’t let it die. Don’t ask for a cardboard sleeve ask for a Zarf… keep the word alive. Without use words dies and Zarf is too cool to suffer such a fate.

Wednesday Words – Musical Mnemonic

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I enjoy playing instruments. I am lousy at reading music. Show me a note and I’ll struggle to name it. However I can show you its location on the piano, keyboard, claranet, and guitar. but the name… I’ll have to struggle remembering the mnemonics of my early musical education. If the note you showed me is on a line I’ll have to think Every Good Boy Does Fine while counting the lines upward.  Just as Roy helps me remember the rainbow those good boys help we remember the name of notes.