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Miscellaneous thoughts from Farthing Party (which was wonderful, as usual)...

A ukulele is just like a guitar... if you're missing two fingers.

A dyskulele would be kind of the opposite of a ukulele — it would look and sound terrible.  (Ukukeke haters need not comment here.  As with any other instrument, it may be played well or badly.)

Triggered by a comment by [livejournal.com profile] elisem... is it "lurèd"?  Or "lurid"?

This afternoon, while I was walking down a sidewalk in Montreal with a couple of others, an unkempt guy accosted us, asking for money.  We told him "no, sorry"; he kept talking at us.  We told him "no"; he pulled up his shirt to show us a (nasty) vertical scar on his abdomen (he used to have a Trill?).  We told him "No!" and walked away.  A few minutes later, as we walked back along that street, he accosted us again.  We told him "no", he kept talking at us; we told him "NO!" and he reached for his shirt.  At that point, I turned my back on him and pulled up my shirt and said "Moi aussi."  I think it's the first time I've ever shown my scar with intent, so to speak.  (See also: Miles Vorkosigan in Memory.)
 

Disease

Jul. 13th, 2011 10:16 pm
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Timbitis: abdominal swelling caused by excessive incremental absorption of dietary fats and sugars.
 

[X]ohol

May. 20th, 2007 05:08 pm
bunsen_h: (Tuxbert)
So what is this "chocohol" I keep hearing about?  What about "shopohol"?  "Workohol"?  And so on.

Implicitly, they're things that one can be addicted to, just as an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.  At least, that's what I assume is the implication when I hear people referring to workoholics, shopoholics, and so on.  But as a form of word retroconstruction, this "[X]oholic" really doesn't make a lot of sense when one is describing a compulsion for [X].  An alcoholic isn't addicted to alc.

Please: "shopping fiend".  "Chocolate fanatic".  "Compulsive worker".

I have the same twitch reaction to "[Y]gate" being used to refer to "a scandal involving [Y]".  The Watergate scandal had nothing to do with water; it's the name of a hotel.

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