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February 6, 2009

Things I Noticed, February 6, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 9:42 pm

Today is February 6, 2009, the anniversary of the death of Charles II of England.  Today is sponsored by the word “landfall”, a sudden translation of property in land by the death of a rich man.  Today’s neologism is “sportscashter”, one who roots against their own team because they’ve got money on the game.

Here’s what I noticed today:

  • I really like Whitney Matheson’s Pop Culture blog on USA Today.  Every week following a new episode of Lost, she opens up a comment thread to fans of the show to discuss, then culls out the best 10 comments in a digest on Friday.  This week’s is here.
  • I’ve thought about trying to get involved with Yoga, but have never quite gotten around to it.  This documentary sounds kind of interesting, though.
  • Could you run a bank for 500k a year?  James Boyce thinks he can.
  • That mom who had octuplets back in January?  She’s single, on disability, and has six other kids, and all sixteen kids have been born via in vitro fertilization.  Does that change your opinion of her “miracle”?  It sure does mine.  As do the comments here.
  • You may not be able to buy next week’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at Wal-Mart, but it won’t be for the reason you think.
  • With the news that Supreme Ruth Baded Ginsburg is recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, Esquire magazine revives an old profile of the woman who could be President Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee.
  • AMC Theaters is repeating its Best Picture showcase the Saturday before the Oscars (Saturday, February 21 this year).  It’s a great chance to catch up on films you might’ve missed, and if you sign up for one of their MovieWatcher cards, you can get $5 off the $30 entry fee.  I’m planning on attending at the Chesterfield Mall theater (so that I can hit the food court during the dinner break).  See you there?
  • We have good friends that have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, but I never associated him with The Big Bang TheoryUntil now.
  • The CEO of Netflix objects to President Obama’s plan to restrict executive pay, but not for the reason you’d think.

This weekend is the Feast Day of St. Meingold, a patron of bankers sponsored by the word “clocking-hen”, a sum of money put out to interest in a bank, from Aberdeenshire.


1 Comment »

  1. Dear Sir

    I wondered if you might like a link to both my Foreign word site and my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)


    or wish to include:

    When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
    to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English
    equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in
    Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on


    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine
    coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under
    and elsewhere).
    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew,
    such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and
    petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
    dry spell.
    Delving passionately into the English language, I also discover why it
    is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow
    seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and
    why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else. See
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    with best wishes


    Comment by Adam Jacot de Boinod — August 13, 2009 @ 3:17 am | Reply

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