- It is one of the mini-tragedies of the English language that there is no prefix adverbial option for "early"."The test allows us to earlily detect..." Bzzzt! Sorry, you must put "early" *after* the verb, where it fails to convince as an adverb and interferes with other things.
- May peace prevail upon the Earth.But if peace does not prevail, may my team win.(This more or less sums up my feelings after every time I read a newspaper, or for that matter surf my usual Internet sites. This is probably not healthy, right?)
- In the phrase "the exact same thing", the word "same" is an adjective. So why don't we write "the exactly same thing"? It sure seems like "exact" is modifying "same", and an adjective that modifies another adjective should be transformed into its adverb form, right?English.
- Conversations I am ready to have:Anti-vaxxer: "The state shouldn't be in the business of protecting people from their own decisions!"Me: "How do you feel about state-mandated building codes? Especially lately?"
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I would go for the erectile dysfunction angle. Cleveland Clinic is still trying to nail down definitively if there is a link between COVID-19 and follow-on erectile dysfunction. Why take the chance? Get the vaccine and not wreck the blood vessels in all the organs in your body.
- Prediction:Now that the word "inequity" is being used all the time to mean something that's sort of a superset of "inequality" (not criticizing this, btw -- it's complex), the word "iniquity" will first disappear for a while and then start to be used as a synonym of "inequity".
- If Twitter wanted to play this game honestly, they'd offer a second mark (say, the Mauve Checkmark) that means "This account rejects the concept of Twitter verification and will refuse a Blue Checkmark if offered". *Any* account automatically gets the Mauve Checkmark on request.
- In case you hadn't noticed, the Chicago Justice Project (@CPJJustProj, https://chicagojustice.org/) has been rocking the house lately. They do a ton of good work on a shoestring budget. I donated $100 last night -- can some of y'all please make me look miserly? Thank you.
- Very nice historical point in a wide-ranging piece by @pbkauf (paraphrased): "Foundations and universities have come together before to underwrite massive projects to systematically examine why so much balderdash is in the air."Good to remember!
- If you thought (as I did) that the free speech legal tradition in the U.S. all comes from the First Amendment, take the time to read this amazing article by @glakier! Turns out there's a lot of non-1A free speech law and precedent -- and courts are intermittently aware of this.
- Who made the scrollbars so narrow?Just tell me. Tell me, that I may TP their whole front yard -- with dental floss.
- I think of myself as someone who's good at English spelling. But then yesterday I discovered that a supposedly familiar word is originally spelled "impostor" and that "imposter" is a recent variant......ah, I think you can all finish the rest of this joke yourselves!heh :-)that got me wondering whether 'impost' exists as a verb in English. I can't imagine what 'imposter' would derive form otherwise. turns out impost is only a noun, and impose is the verb, but impost[oe]r carries not only the sense of imposition that associates it with impose, but also that of false pretenses. AFAIK only the latter meaning survived in pt and es; I was surprised by the non-fraudulent sense it can have in English. I wonder whether it is etymological or accidental.FSFLA has had this campaign against imposed tax software, a lossy translation of the "softwares impostos" pun: impostos is plural for both imposed and tax, and we chose plural because somehow the pun didn't seem to work in the singular form. I might have suggested "imposed impost software" for the English translation, had I known the word "impost" back then :-)
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- It's mid-June and the award for Least Surprising Headline Of 2021 is already in:"Virtual reality ads make their way to Facebook's Oculus headsets"I'm not even going to bother to link to the story, because, really, do you need it? You can Google it on DuckDuckGo if you want.
- I just started a new Emacs and it got process ID 1532027. I think it might be time to finally reboot.
- Sometimes I'm re-reading code I wrote a while ago and I run across a comment and I'm like "Oh, wow, yeah, my gosh, I totally remember shaving that yak and IT WAS AN ENORMOUS YAK..."
- IFMusk's company were to publish a series of short stories about grey metamorphic rock, on paper a surprisingly fresh shade of cyan-green, and were to market them so aggressively that everyone else stopped using that color,THEN:"Tesla 'Slate Tales' steal least stale teals."
- Hi, @WFMT. It happened again: at 6:58pm tonight a lovely keyboard piece ended and the announcer went right into a Wintrust advertisement, without saying what the piece was or who had played it.This happens a lot lately. Help? "Outros" are even more important than intros...
- The logical outcome of the Monty Python sketch.