Since I have a live-in computer technician, it will take slightly longer for me to get this issue addressed than it would those of you who have to call someone in. Nostalgic blog entries involving nifty old pictures from my albums will have to wait until I can
In the meantime, some observations of the Cranky Old Mare variety.
My Dad was fond of the word "codswallop". I don't know where he heard it, but when he encountered a word he liked, he adopted it for his own. As near as I can figure out, it means "used beer". Think about it. If you're in Texas, get prepared to drink it. Again.
|No one cares about me,|
no one cares about me at all
What shows her that we care is a crunchy bit of toast, preferably peanut-buttered, or a smackerel of honey.
People who are paid to talk ought to learn how. If they're paid to talk "news" at us, they should, at the very least, be able to convey whether something is happening, already has happened, or will be happening at some time in the future. Have you noticed how newscasters like to say "We're back right after these messages" ? I got news for yews...you're not back until you're back. So you can't say "we're back later". Stop it. And don't say "NEPA" as if it were a two-syllable word. Acronyms shouldn't be wordified in speech.
I have a handy "pocket" dictionary that I keep beside my reading chair in case I need to look up a word when I'm reading. Every time I look for a word and don't find it in there, I write it on the inside of the back cover for future reference to a larger dictionary. The list is so long now, I think I may as well just donate the useless tome to a library book sale or something. Clearly it only contains the words I already know how to spell and define. And since it weighs 2 pounds and measures 7 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches, it has no business being called a "pocket" dictionary anyway.
Recently I had occasion to send a sympathy card to the family of a co-worker who had lost his father-in-law. I thought I'd check the internet for some etiquette tips on how to address the envelope. In the process I found this incomprehensible advice: "If you are attending the funeral with someone who could not make it, offer to take a handwritten note from the absentee..."
Oh, and back to those pesky newscasters...I heard one tell us this morning that there is a new piece of legislation that will make it against the law to be in this country illegally. What? Mule fritters.