19 Jun 2009
John M. J.
A long time ago a Professor of some arcane aspect of our language (I forget which one for it was a long time ago) at my University told me, and I have no reason to doubt him, that the total number of words available to English speakers numbers well over three million if one is prepared to accept all words since our language began to emerge from its root languages over a thousand years ago.
So, for me, all this fuss about about a millionth word - and it's not a word, anyway, but a phrase - is naught but some babbling baragouin (yes, that's an English word: no, I'm not going to define it - look it up for yourself).
Oh, alright! I will define it. 'Baragouin' means any unintelligible language or impenetrable and meaningless jargon; any self-important use of a meaningless form of words. Satisfied?
20 Jun 2009
By all means, let us fashion, not some tower of Babel, but an edifice to, not Barzun, but Baragouin, compleate with feet of clay pidgins.
Attempting to answer "wtf?" (it's not like shooting pigeons in a barrel of sapajous), I believe that Mary's title is intended to read something like, "Millionth word in my bloomin' arsenal in this war."
And in this war NER had earlier cited works standing in diametric opposition to Hugh's list of kiddee favorites:
1. Millions of Cat Stevens
2. I Like Madeleine "Countries of Concern" Albright
3. Thidwick The Big-Hearted Muslim
4. Goodnight Crescent Moon
5. The Little Rocket Engine That Could Reach Tel Aviv
-left off for obvious reasons: from The Colour of Arab Oil Money series (hat tip to Artemis), by Barbara Fritchie, I Don't Like Green Flags & Islam.
While Iran's "Supreme Leader" is "sloughing off charges of vote-rigging" [ht RB] and ungrateful Afghans tell us that "We Must Pay And Keep On Paying – Or Else,"[ht JMJ], we can still treasure what's left of our civil liberties even if they allow dreadful English doggerel such as [apologies to Thornton Wilder] -
Come friendly bomb
Slumming in Slough
Please drop on Qom
Make waste enow
From hedge and heath
Aid's not enough
Make skin of teeth
Sizzle and slough
I suspect that Mary used "umpteenth" to needle Hugh given his rant over that word and I can only imagine what he might think of
I spent most of today snoozing and getting outside a bit, but it was a good day for that and what is so rare as Cornish hen's teeth, Dolly Pentreath or a day of Juneteenth?
20 Jun 2009
Of This Enow Or Enough
(Because, "This is stupid stuff")
Jeepers, forgot a title for the above post. How about "Mixing Pathetic Fallacies"? And there should have been quotes around "not enough."