I did better the second time I took the quiz.
I did better the second time I took the quiz.
How do you have a battle of wits with an unarmed person?
Can you influenza public opinion?
A mask–is it more effective at masking the man behind it or unmasking the man not wearing it?
What is the difference between a lie, a statistic, and an alt-fact?
What is the difference between a trumpet and a strumpet? A trumpet is a brass instrument usually tuned to B flat. A strumpet is a brassy woman who is instrumental in not having things B flat.
We now spring forward in winter but still fall back in autumn.
Did you hear about a yachtsman who crossed the ocean twice without taking a shower? He was a dirty double-crosser.
If the accomplished, evil stepmother was from Massachusetts would she be wicked good?
A castrated male sheep is called a wether, whether ewes believe it or not.
From Rolig Loon: “My 1889 Century Dictionary has only one definition for DEADLINE: “A line drawn around the inside or outside of a military prison, which no prisoner can cross without incurring the immediate penalty of being shot down. Used during the American Civil War with reference to open-air enclosures or stockades.” I remember learning the word, and that definition, as a child from my grandmother, whose own father had been imprisoned at Andersonville during the Civil War.”
How did a line drawn on the ground meaning that if you crossed it you’d be shot immediately, become much less lethal term meaning that something was due? Merriam Webster traces the “Bloody History of Deadlines.”
For many years, I worked for the U.S. Army as a librarian. Deadlines were called suspenses and usually appeared at the top of a document highlighted in red or yellow.
S: 3 November 2020, at 2000
The term “Suspense Date” is one I heard frequently while I was in the Army. Any time someone wanted something to be DONE no later than a specific DAY and TIME, they would simply issue the order with a Suspense date.
In libraries,date dues are when your materials are due or need to be returned to the library.
Narendra is brilli-ant with photography and insights into bird in his native India (nt). Now he has written a charming tale, laden with ant puns. You are in for signific-ant pleasure. Maybe he will write enough for an Ant-hology.
Enjoy the story. via A(i)n’t Just a Rant!
Sometimes, if you stare at a word with your eyes squinted just enough, and spend a long time thinking about it, you can figure out where that word might have come from. Other times there is really no way to tell. The words in this quiz are a combination.
This one is difficult. See how well you do.
Have you gotten your just deserts as you wend your way through all of your kith and ken?
Read how 12 old words have survived by being embedded in common idioms.
Have you ever had the dreaded 404 error: Page can not be found.
The HTTP 404, 404 Not Found, 404, Page Not Found, or Server Not Found error message is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol standard response code, in computer network communications, to indicate that the browser was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested–from Wikipedia
Merriam Webster, the dictionary people, have put their wordsmithing talents to create one of the more delightful 404 errors.
Have you ever found a fun 404 page?
A week ago Friday, I prepared a 20-minute Powerpoint for the weekly Zoom meeting of USS Midway (CV-41) Library volunteers. The group established the weekly Zoom meetings as a way to remain in touch while the Midway is closed because of the Coronavirus.
My topic was copying deck logs for the USS Midway from the National Archives in College Park MD. In a ‘normal’ year I usually go up once a month and copy one or more months of deck logs to a thumb drive. When I get home I upload the deck logs to an external hard drive.
Other volunteers on the Midway transcribe the deck logs. It is a good source of what happened on the ship each day and the names of the crew assigned to the Midway.
By looking at the recording of that presentation, I learned:
What are your Zoom experiences?
I knew the results of some, guessed on a few and missed an obvious one early which tripped me up on another seemingly obvious answer later in the quiz. See how well you do.
Is Donald Trump worthless or priceless as president? Do you think his personality adds value to the office or politics? Is he iconoclastic or bombastic?
How about the news?
If you do comment, please keep it civil.
When someone runs off at the mouth, do you feel like time has stopped while you wish you could just run away?
Has time run away from you while you are having a good time and maybe running up your credit card?
Do you check to see if your Fitbit is running while you are on your morning run?
From The Most Complex Word in the World: If asked to pick the most complex word in the English language, what comes to mind? Maybe something long and intricate like “antidisestablishmentarianism” or “honorificabilitudinitatibus.” Maybe it’s a medical word, or one with silent letters like “pneumonia.”
Chances are you wouldn’t automatically pick out a three-letter word that you use in everyday conversation. But that’s just it — the richest word in English is “run.”
Happy Birthday to the Bard
We really can’t send you a birthday card
Your rhymes are better and more renowned
Than the rhymes, I’ve read on the cards I’ve found.
Why do rhymes today sound so trite?
Is it the modern way that we write?
Our vocabulary may have gone astray
by using emojis to mean what we say.
Is an emoji worth a thousand words?
The very thought seems so absurd.
We couldn’t use an emoji to write a sonnet
even if we stumbled upon it.
Our rituals can
Hold us up or hold us back.
How do yours hold you?
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.” by T.S. Elliot
Many of us have entered our second month of social isolation. The early euphoria that we are all in this together and we’ll get through this has long waned. It has become Ground Hog Day where we need visual cues like what’s on television to help us remember what day of the week it is. Weekdays and weekends have blurred for most of us.
April is NOT the cruelest month:
1. In many states, we are flattening the coronavirus curve by successfully maintaining social distancing. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map
2. For most of us, the weather is getting better and we have the time to observe Spring’s progress.
3. We have time to spend with our families.
4. We have time to read, write or pursue hobbies
5. We can get to those chores we have been putting off.
April IS the Cruelest Month:
1. Unemployment is at an all time high.
2. The weather is getting better and we can not go anywhere.
3. Unless we get on the computer, there are no new conversations to be had.
4. You are bored, bored, bored.
5. I’m reduced to making this a blog post
In 2020, you can relax
You have ’til July to pay your tax
July 15th is the new due date
Procrastinators will still be late,
Since many of you are sitting at home
Go over your taxes with a fine-toothed comb
So when this is over you can go have fun
Because your tax work will already be done.
Is it a Harry Potter spell or a constellation?
My score is below:
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“As Karl Marx once noted: ‘Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.’ Michael Schermer.
Who do you blame?
Who do you not?
Who speaks the truth
and who tommyrot?
Is it conspiracy
or is it a fact
Is it for real
or is it an act?
Science or hunch
The two are opposed
One or the other
Has been supposed.
From my friend and fellow retired NDU Librarian, Alta Linthicum
I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don’t know whose side I’m on.
When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, “Why, what did you hear?”
I don’t remember much from last night, but the fact that I needed sunglasses to open the fridge this morning tells me it was awesome.
When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
When I ask for directions, please don’t use words like “east.”
It’s the start of a brand new day, and I’m off like a herd of turtles.
Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.
That moment when you walk into a spider web suddenly turns you into a karate master.
Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life outta nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops.
The older I get, the earlier it gets late.
My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.
When I say, “The other day,” I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.
Interviewer: “So, tell me about yourself.” Me: “I’d rather not. I kinda want this job.”
Cop: “Please step out of the car.” Me: “I’m too drunk. You get in.”
I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any of your containers.
If you’re sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say “Did you bring the money?”
When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing,” it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 is new midnight.
I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
I run like the winded.