Monthly Archives: July 2006

Today’s Vocabulary Lesson

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Optionally mandatory (adj.) def: when you are given an assignment by a superior to be worked on outside of work, which is presented as voluntary, but the underlying truth is that if you do not complete the assignment its your, (think math), “assignment – ignment.” Goose poop (n.) def: colorful tubes of whatever it is that geese eat and feel they must place in our walking pattern along sidewalks and other highly-traveled paths. A side note about geese: they walk really slow, especially when crossing the street. Time to get back to my necessary elective.

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Is There A Ghost

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My favorite cartoons have and will always be those I watched with my cousins and siblings at Bemo and Popo’s house growing up. Bemo (n.) def: a nickname assigned to my grandmother by a previous relative who was not linguistically aerobic enough to pronounce: Elaine (my grandmother’s real name). Popo (n.) def: the nickname assigned to my grandfather by a previous relative, who also had underdeveloped tongue muscles, and perhaps a bit of a stutter, for Paul – my grandfather. My two nouns had all sorts of VHS movies for us children to sit and watch; however, sleep and watch may be a more appropriate theme considering the four-degree-cooler downstairs was where the VCR was located, and when I’m cold, I sleep. Just before dozing off, or after peeling my sweaty cheek off of the cigar-wrap brown vinyl couch and opening my eyes, I would catch just enough of popular titles such as Casper the Friendly Ghost (even then, producers…

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Txt Msg Fragmnts

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The increasing reliance on the capability of the telecommunications industry has improved communication to the point where it is almost instantaneous. At the same time, it can also be very impersonal – i.e. text messages. Our human nature of wanting to make things faster and more reliable has brought about the use of shortcuts with text messages. One of my least favorite being fragmenting sentences and words into easily recognizable squibs. The constant use of text messages for communicating has brought about symptoms I have recently become aware of. The declining trend in correct grammar and usage – most notably my roommmate Derek. His sentence fragments are so small, you could pick locks with them. As much as I dislike text messaging, I usually take the time to call him out on it so he knows what rule he broke. I do this by sending a text message reply with the correction. Recently, he used an incorrect word. Nevermind what…

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Who Invented? (again)

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I got so many compliments on my previous “who invented” post that I figured I should write another. However, this time I will tackle an invention I know everyone uses, or has used at one point. In a society characterized by the continual paranoia of new germs, why do some builders/architects still insist on using the hated, disgusting, waste-of-paper, pull-open bathroom doors? Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem touching everyone else’s post-potty hands? I know we all feel obligated to thoroughly wash our hands, (light sarcasm), but I still feel uncomfortable gripping the door handle, or even worse – the doorknob, on my way out of the bathroom. The doorknob is worse because I dip back to the teachings of my early ancestors and use a foot or an elbow to pry the door open. If I am wearing a long-sleeve shirt I will pull use cloth between the knob and my skin, but sometimes…

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