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Given several untimely celebrity deaths of-late, and the content of our yesterday’s blog post on the multiple definitions of words, this post is eerily related.

We saw this People Magazine news headline today, and it just reinforced the fact that our English language is complex. Many words have many meanings and perceptions can frequently transport us among those meanings …

“Quincy Jones Tears Up When Hearing Michael’s Music”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

quincy jones tears up

We are truly not trying to be irreverent here … let’s just take a look at an interesting four-letter word: tear.

1. tear.  noun. pronounced [teer]

  • a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid, serving to moisten and lubricate these parts and keep them clear of foreign particles.
  • this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief.
  • something resembling or suggesting a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance, esp. having a spherical or globular shape at one end and tapering to a point at the other.
  • Glassmaking. a decorative air bubble enclosed in a glass vessel; air bell.
  • tears, grief; sorrow.

tear. verb (used without object)

  • to fill up and overflow with tears, as the eyes.

tear. Idiom

  • in tears

2. tear. verb (used with object). pronounced [tair]

  • to pull apart or in pieces by force, esp. so as to leave ragged or irregular edges.
  • to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force: to tear wrappings from a package; to tear a book from someone’s hands. 
  • to distress greatly: anguish that tears the heart.
  • to divide or disrupt: a country torn by civil war. 
  • to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate.
  • to produce or effect by rending: to tear a hole in one’s coat. 
  • to remove by force or effort: to be unable to tear oneself from a place. 

tear. verb (used without object)

  • to become torn.
  • to make a tear or rent.
  • to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy: The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway; I was tearing around all afternoon trying to find sandals for the beach. 

tear. noun the act of tearing.

  • a rent or fissure.
  • a rage or passion; violent flurry or outburst.
  • Informal. a spree.

tear. Verb phrases: tear at, tear down, tear into, tear off, tear up

tear. Idioms: tear it, tear one’s hair, tear one’s hair out

More coincidence …

Rip is a synonym for tear [tair], as in to break, split, or shred. And, R.I.P., as you likely know, stands for Rest In Peace, which is what we wish for all who have met their mortality.

Source: dictionary.com

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Here’s our latest contribution to Austin Post:

Austin cartoon map

Austin is batty every day, but the sum of the parts makes up the Whole Foods gourmet this town has to offer, and you don’t even have to go beyond The County Line to experience it.

Austin is a great place to Relax The Back as your home to come to or Om Yoga To Go to(o). It is UT-terly delightful!

If you haven’t Applied Materials, maybe you’re Dazed and Confused or just a Slacker who loves Austin.

Austin sounds presidential on KLBJ radio.

If you’re into cycling, you may not have to wait for the knight to see Lance – a lot.

Austin has plenty of trees and Bushs. And, you can go the Lakeway if you want water.

In the mid 90s, Austin became the Apple of our technology eye, but it remains a Dell of a town!

On the map, we’re SXSW, which means an XLent Hole in the Wall filled with music and movies more live than DOA (see it for a Quaid-lude).

You don’t need a Virtual Alert to the life here … but, in Amy’s words, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first,” and stay tuned for future installments of this feature.

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More fun with headlines … this time from a magazine headline:

“All About Axe Man” (and Death Cheese)

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

axe man death cheese

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