“Dictionaries are like watches the worst is improved than none, and the ideal simply cannot be anticipated to go very legitimate.”
― Samuel Johnson
Welcome again to Professor Bill’s University of Wayward Phrases.
I continue on to be surprised by the text in the English language that I did not know existed. As anyone who has go through and edited for many years, I am usually amazed, not by the complex words and phrases or phrases, but by a very simple combination of letters that reveals a little something I might in no way viewed.
I help save these on my computer system laptop computer and am now up to 112.
Listed here are some of the latest.
Cossetted – It signifies “pampered.”
Chiasm – An intersection or crossing of two tracts in the kind of the letter “X”. I like to imagine of it this way: It truly is the reverse of a “chasm” – that separation amongst two bodies, these types of as a canyon. A chiasm (“chi” is the Greek phrase for “X”) is exactly where two bodies link.
Heuristic – In mathematics or determination generating, a heuristic is basically a shortcut. You sacrifice accuracy for speed and say, “Close ample.” (Which is the way my wife says I figure out income taxes.)
Porphyry – “A textural term for an igneous rock consisting of significant-grained crystals these types of as feldspar or quartz dispersed in a wonderful-grained silicate.” (I assumed it was that things you set in modest bowls to make a room odor fantastic.)
Koan – It arrives from Zen Buddhism and is a paradox or riddle that illustrates shortfalls in logical reasoning. One particular of the examples provided is no matter whether a tree falling in the woods produces a seem if there is no one particular to hear it.
A different Assortment: Yes, I am also continue to “amassing” license tags, keeping keep track of of unique states in my travels considering the fact that previous summer months. I was down to two until past 7 days when I noticed Hawaii on a dark grey Honda in entrance of me at the stoplight. Now I am down to a person – Rhode Island. Providence, I hope, will enable me out.
BASEBALL Starts: Major League Baseball returns Thursday with the Braves opening in Philadelphia.
I like to feel this implies my existence will return to a tiny little bit of ordinary, but regular is tough to outline any more. Take our local expert team, the Augusta GreenJackets. They don’t start their period until eventually Could.
No April video games, which utilized to be my favorites. The players had been all new and the nights ended up not as humid.
Present day JOKE: A male goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he has just about anything to treatment hiccups.
The druggist leans ahead and abruptly slaps the man’s deal with.
“What was that for?” the startled gentleman asks, rubbing his jaw.
“Properly,” stated the pharmacist, “you do not have the hiccups any longer, do you?”
“No,” mentioned the man, “but my spouse out in the car still does.”