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"The word “pumpernickel” has an interesting derivation. In German, “pumpern” is “intestinal wind,” while “nickel” is a demon or sprite. Let’s just leave it at that."

Someone write this before I do.
You know what I'll do with it.

too late.
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The temperamental, spirited, fast steed that changed horse racing forever. The greatest racehorse of the 18th century was allegedly born during the 1764 solar eclipse, which tracked from Iberia to Scandinavia, at noon on April Fool’s Day. He was named, appropriately, Eclipse.

The 1760s and 1770s were some of the louchest years in Britain’s history. One woman in five made a living selling sex. Gambling was similarly rife through every level of society. At its tamest, this involved cock fighting and horse racing. When a man collapsed outside the posh gentlemen’s club Brooks, members staked money on whether or not he was dead. Even high-society women were involved.


superlative adjective: louchest
disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.

Origin -
[French, from Old French losche, squint-eyed, feminine of lois, from Latin luscus, blind in one eye.]
1810–20; < French: literally, cross-eyed
Adj. 1. louche - of questionable taste or morality; "a louche nightclub"; "a louche painting"
disreputable - lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance


Jul. 14th, 2017 05:37 pm
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So the topic of chyrons streaming over Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer led to:

/ˈkīrän/ noun

an electronically generated caption superimposed on a television or movie screen.

a text-based graphic overlay displayed at the bottom of a television screen or film frame, as closed captioning or the crawl of a newscast.

Origin of chyron
after Chyron Corporation, the manufacturer of a broadcast graphics generator

I'd just heard it referred to as word streaming. huh. Interesting


Jul. 9th, 2017 08:23 pm
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plural noun: cicatrices

the scar of a healed wound.
a scar on the bark of a tree.
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The word was used in

Lancelot du Lethe, J. Robert King 2001

The title stirs things in my mind.

Lethe was also the name of the Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, with whom the river, in Hades, was often identified. In Classical Greek, the word lethe literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment".


Jan. 7th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Discovered here: Article content for new special on FX. Taboo - uncivilized Which is worth a read and the show just might be too intense for me.

Louche [loosh]

1. dubious; shady; disreputable.

origin: 1810-20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye

"dubious, disreputable," 1819, from French louche "squinting," from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) "cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided," from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.

Behind drawn curtains, playboys, courtesans, and curious wealthy ladies donned elaborate costumes and partook in bawdy activities such as drinking from goblets etched with erotic scenes, delivering off-color toasts, viewing nude books, and enjoying the company of naked "posture molls", who lay on tables and performed explicit poses.

Um, about those nude books... no dust jackets?
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"bezoar" - hairball of cat fur

You diseased infested flea ridden bezoar.
You phlegm* encrusted bezoar.

*laughing* bezoar

A hard indigestible mass of material, such as hair, plant fibers, or seeds, found in the stomach or intestine of animals, especially ruminants and sometimes humans. Bezoars were formerly considered to be antidotes to poisons and to possess magic properties.

[1470–80; bezear < Medieval Latin bezahar < Arabic bā(di) zahr < Persian pād-zahr counterpoison]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

*the thick mucus secreted in the respiratory passages and discharged through the mouth, esp. that occurring in the lungs and throat passages, as during a cold.


Nov. 8th, 2016 08:12 pm
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The art of Danish hygge

Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word 'hygge' (pronounced 'hooga') translates roughly to 'cosiness'.

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.
Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

Technology and modern day busy-ness has removed so many of us from ourselves, our homes and ordinary tasks, making them feel as though these things are chores, have no meaning/importance or are too time-consuming so they’re skipped or not enjoyed. It’s stopped us from being authentic and conscious of how we live and interact. Hygge is about celebrating reality and being present and transforming the ordinary into a moment to recognise instead.

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A student asked me for help on a work sheet, this was interesting.

True or False -- A birthday is an example of something temporary.

The word transient came into the discussion. And he and I went to look up the meaning in Roget's.
We decided on False because we still celebrate George Washington's, Abraham Lincoln's, and Martin Luther King's birthdays. All of them are no longer among the living. So birthdays aren't temporary but they are celebrated for a short time on the anniversary of their birth each year. Then again we only celebrate with a holiday for one day, usually.... so temporary could have some basis.

The glass has water within it, is it half empty or half full or is it upside down drying in the rack? Or is the water pitcher hovering above it about to pour more water into it or held at the lip about to be drunk from? .... Transitory ?

This reminds me of a past year's lesson with the kids. It was a science lesson and they were choosing various animals to put into a computer program to create one creature that would then be described for its appearance and abilities. The word of the year learned was 'abominations'. They loved it.

That was the same year that we had to carefully explain to one young student that among the endangered animals they could chose to study, the unicorn was not real and didn't qualify.

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In "It's getting close to the end of the year" where I mentioned:
Last evening during the afterschool program that I did not attend there was an incident in the computer lab. Some people started feeling a burning sensation in their throats and airways. One student who has asthma went to the hospital and the school nurse after looking in peoples mouths said that there were white spots in the backs of throats of those complaining of burning. Has anyone heard anything to substantiate a parent's info that some new monitors give off a gas that causes these type problems?

The Computer lab is now closed until the school district can do an investigation. Which is not of high priority right now per what is being said. Of course this is the busy computer usage time when every students NEEEEEEDS to type up their year long project reports. Usually the district's computer servers go down about now too. It is going to get interesting.

The Computer Science Teacher sent out this......
Fellow colleagues:

The air quality in the computer lab tested great! We took the suggestions and advice from the air quality guy from the district which was to change the monitor out to a different monitor. I believe all is good.

The computer lab printer does work. Before printing, please come see me and I’ll show you what you have to do to make the printer work.

Please do not allow students to put paper in the tray. That is one of the parts of the printer that is on its last legs. It has been repaired twice.

Things do work… we just have to be patient and try to be smarter than the equipment…. which I’m not most of the time. I get lucky sometimes.

12 minutes later

…. Never mind…. Printer is dead…. Putting in a heat ticket now….

Sorry…. Have a nice day….


Found out today that there's a student who has an again 'interesting' quirk. He and his identical twin are in the same class period of a certain class. Maybe one of them is made of negative matter to the other's positive matter but they have to be seated away from each other. So one is seated by the classroom's computer color printer. Everyday; until the teacher taped closed the paper loading draw of the printer and put a note on it that specifically read, Do NOT open the drawer student's name; that student would open the paper loading draw and stick his hands inside. Even when the teacher caught the student before he'd done it one day and told him not to do it and then watched as he pushed the button to open the drawer while looking at the teacher to then stick his hands inside.

These Twins will be in the Library to complete a project next week. They've somehow lost their individual project for this 6 week grading period and have nothing to show for it. So the teacher is giving them a special project that she can then give them their grades on.

Our computer printer is behind the counter where I sit.
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There is in his espousal of memory and affection belonging to another human being something characteristic of his seriousness. He had a conscience, and it was a romantic conscience.
-- Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, 1899-1900

Yes, espousal is the word used in this example.
Here it's, adoption or advocacy of a cause or principle but still what?


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