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01/24/2023 “Word Play”   Leave a comment

The snow has finally stopped here in Maine, and I just finished blowing my driveway clear for the fourth time since yesterday afternoon. I sure hope that we get a break before the next one hits. Maybe the next storm will hold off long enough for my bruised ass cheeks to heal. I’m crossing my fingers . . .

How about a little fun wordplay today. I’ve always loved palindromes and here are a few of my favorites:

NO LEMONS, NOMELON

STEP ON NO PETS

ED IS LOOPY POOLSIDE

MADAM, I’M ADAM

RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR

How are you with tongue twisters? The rumor that women can say them better than men just might be true.

SAM SHAVED SEVEN SHY SHEEP

NAT’S KNAPSACK STRAP SNAPPED

A PROPER COPPER COFFEE POT

FRED’S FRIEND FRAN FLIPS FINE FLAPJACKS FAST

A SKUNK SAT ON A STUMP.

THE STUMP THUNK THE SKUNK STUNK

THE SKUNK THUNK THE STUMP STUNK

Here are a few words that have faded from use, and you’ll see why. Do you still use any of them or know someone who does?

BEES KNEES – “cool”.

BESOT – “give”

SHAN’T – “will not”

THITHER – “over there”

ZOUNDS – “surprise”

EWER – “water pitcher”

DAPPER – “fancy dresser”

If you want to have some fun, use a few of these words when speaking or texting your friends.

10/31/2022 Word Play   Leave a comment

Languages are interesting. Many books have been written about the use of words, but it seems they appeal to only a small portion of the population. I love learning new words and their odd uses, it’s fun! Let’s get started on some fun for you on this fine Monday morning.

  • Check out these three sentences:

A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.

Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.

Now is the time for all quick brown dogs to jump over the lazy lynx.

They each use every letter in the alphabet.

  • The 1939 novel, Gadsby, doesn’t contain a single word with the letter “e”. That quite some accomplishment in a fifty-thousand-word book.
  • The longest palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary is “tattarrattat”. Coined by James Joyce in his book, Ulysses, as a knock at the door.
  • The word “honorificabilitudinitatibus” at 27 letters is the longest word to appear in a work by Shakespeare from Love’s Labor Lost.
  • The longest palindrome in any language is “saippuakivikakuppias”. It’s 19 letters long and means “soap seller” in Finnish.
  • Poets love to rhyme words but in some cases it’s very difficult or just plain impossible. No words rhyme with orange., silver, elbow, galaxy, and rhythm. The words wasp, purple, and month are also very hard to rhyme.
  • Here are a few more very cool palindromes:

A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal. Panama

Madam, in Eden I’m Adam

Was it a bar or a bat I saw.

THERE’S YOUR ENGLISH LESSON FOR THE WEEK

10-28-2013 More Useless Facts   4 comments

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I love the English language.  I jut wanted to put that out there to help readers understand this blog is not TWITTER.  Here at Every Useless Thing we need way more than 140 characters to make a point.  The Twitter language which has been developing for the youngest of the sound bite generations leaves me #effingcold.  If you’re a constant Twitter user then you’ve already begun to think in their terms as well as write that way.  Twitter is in too much of a hurry for me which results in a blog here that’s comfortable to read and comment on.  Relax, enjoy and don’t stress out trying to get all of your thoughts on a complex subject jammed into 140 characters. Let’s begin.

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One of the more interesting things for me in the language are palindromes. For those of you who don’t know, palindromes are words or phrases that spell the same forward and backward.  The palindromic words are cool but the phrases are mind boggling.

Two Words

Dump mud.

Party trap

Stack cats.

Short Phrases

Never odd or even.

Live not on evil.

Pa’s a sap.

Pull up, Bob, pull up.

Crazy Phrases

We panic in a pew.

Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.

Did Mom poop? Mom did.

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I’ve always been a big fan of Harry S. Truman.  A down-to-earth president who had the unique ability to cut right threw the normal political BS and get to the point.  Reporters in those days must have loved covering him.  Here’s one of my favorite Truman quotes:

“Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day”

Another of my favorites was H. L. Mencken.  I’m especially awed by anyone who can become so famous that his words and phrases are quoted endlessly by millions of people.  He was something I’ve aspired to be my whole life.  A genuine “wise ass”.  Here’s a few of his more interesting thoughts:

“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

A statement more true now than ever before in our history.  Here’s another:

“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”

I’ve been called a cynic by some and I wear that as a badge of honor. Without we cynics everyone would be an idealist.  Mencken had a thought about them as well.

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”

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Here’s an interesting Star Wars factoid.  The name of R2-D2 came about while George Lucas was filming American Graffiti. During a sound-mixing session, editor Walter Murch asked him for R2, D2 (Reel 2, Dialogue 2) of the film. Lucas liked the name so much  that he made a note of it, and eventually found the right character for it.

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What famous Hollywood comedian said the following": “I learned about sex watching neighborhood dogs.  The most important thing I learned was: Never let go of the girl’s leg no matter how hard she tries to shake you off.

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That’s enough of this mind numbing useless crap for today.  There’s much more to come in the future and I’m sure you’re thrilled to death knowing that. Over and out from a cynical wiseass.

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