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Irony

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 19 Nov 2018, 00:06

Most people think 'irony means irony' and so it does.

But a lesser-known word, 'irony' means 'like iron'. Just as 'steely' means 'like steel'.

Other metally examples are silvery, coppery, leady, tinny, bronzy, brassy.

But suppose this was extended to other metal species. Then we'd have some tongue twisters such as

  • Aluminiumy
  • Molybdenumy
  • Neodymiumy

Plus the surprising and beautiful

  • Mercuryy
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Heard Down The Local

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“I'm ambidextrous with both hands”.

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Mistaken Identity

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A Disputation

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A. You can argue for and against anything.

B. You may say that, but I disagree. 

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What Would You Call This Couple?

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What Would You Call This Woman?

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Collective Noun

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Question. What do you call a collection of hens?

Answer. A peck of hens.

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Design check

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Unfortunately the designer misunderstood what pawnbroking is about.


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Macbeth has murdered sleep

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A Memory

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When Winter came we thought of course of snow.

In that far dreamland long ago.


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Dinosaur Eggs

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I was amazed and delighted today to read that dinosaur eggs were coloured, see

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/dinosaur-egg-colour-1.4888009

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Dawn Boat

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To what shall I compare
this transient world we live in?

White retreating waves behind a boat
that vanishes, rowing into the light of dawn.

Sami Mansei, 8th century, translated by Meredith McKinney

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What Would You Call This Woman?

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Autumn Cat Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 5 Nov 2018, 23:05

Wants in, then wants out.

Playing with leaves, next sleeping by the fire.

Autumn cat.

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Let's Get Phersunal

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 5 Nov 2018, 23:53

The Etruscans are mysterious. They flourished in what is now northern Italy for half a thousand years, always in close contact with the Romans. The name Rome was itself probably from Etruscan. But from the 4th century BCE Roman influence was overwhelming. Many Romans traced Etruscan descent, but the language was gradually lost as Latin took over and Etruria was assimilated.

In the 1st century CE the Emperor Claudius (as in, the brilliant Robert Graves novels and even more brilliant TV series I Claudius) is supposed to have compiled an Etruscan-Latin dictionary, and to have gone out into the Tuscan countryside and interviewed the last few native speakers of the language. Modern opinion generally agrees that this dictionary really existed, but it hasn’t survived. So the language is essentially lost.

But all modern English speakers know at least one Etruscan word. Person. It's from Etruscan phersu, mask. This was probably a mask someone wore in a religious or dramatic performance. In other words, the just like the modern word persona - an assumed character, or a facade. The word was borrowed into Latin as person.

The words person, person, personal, personality and so on, all derive from the same phersu, via Latin and later intermediate languages. And that’s remarkable, because a remnant word from the languages prevalent in Southern Europe before the more recent modern Indo-European language group arrived still survives and has the same basic meaning. A word caught in linguistic amber.


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Autumn Crow

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Git Along Little Pawn, Git Along

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 2 Nov 2018, 23:03

I had this dream, in which I was a cross between a chess pawn and a cowboy singer. It was very sad, because I was heading for the last square up.

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Mondegreen

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 2 Nov 2018, 20:48

A. I had German measles.

B. Not very nice?

A. No they were lovely. Pork and beef. The mushroom sauce was delicious.

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Sad News

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My second cousin thrice removed invented a new kind of candle. We weren't close, but I was sorry to hear he'd snuffed it.

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A Comparison

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A Fishy Tale

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LostInTheStars 1 hour ago

Sorry God, none of my business.

I know I'm a bore.

But could you explain a little more.

About this "is-ness"?


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One Liner

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Deserts. That's dry reading.

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Dangerous Statistic

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The Moving Cursor

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The moving cursor | writes and having wrote,

Goes off to find another thing to quote.

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