It’s back … fun with headlines!
Spotted (ha ha) today in wikiHow:
How to Make Luggage Easier to Spot
What comes to your mind?
Here’s what came to ours:
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Since we were around to see the Apollo 11 Moon Mission 40 years ago, we’re following the coverage of its anniversary with piqued interest. What exciting times to be alive!
We came across a great headline today, from wired.com:
“Things to Do on the Way to the Moon”
What comes to your mind?
Here’s what came to ours:
And, not just any road trip … the ultimate. So, to avoid the almost inevitable “Are we there yet?” the astronauts should have some games to play and songs to sing along the way, don’t you think?
Here are a few items we put together for their entertainment …
To start, a scavenger hunt of sorts …
Next, what about a new twist on an old favorite …
And, to round out the trip, there must be a theme song. We thought this might be appropriate …
As a bonus, we started building a soundtrack for the journey. Our initial thoughts …
Now those tunes ought to keep you entertained for a while. Enjoy!
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Please join us in our daily devotional …
Our grammar, which art in English, respected be thy style.
Thy rules become, thy laws be done online as they are in literature.
Give us this day our daily tips and forgive us our goofs as we forgive those who gaffe against us.
And lead us not into frustration, but deliver us from faux pas.
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Posted in General, GrammarGab (quotes), Vocabulary Builders, tagged advertisement, brand, canned, commercial, confusion, definition, dictionary, email, English, fun, grammar, ham, Hormel, language, market, Monty Python, name, noun, spam, SPAM®, spiced, usage, verb, vocabulary, Web, words, writing on July 6, 2009 | 8 Comments »
From The Writer’s Almanac 7-5-09
It was on this day in 1937 that SPAM came onto the market. The canned meat product from Hormel Foods Corporation was given its name by a contest winner; the prize for his ingenuity was $100. On one occasion, a Hormel spokesperson said the name was short for ‘Shoulder of Pork and Ham’; on another, a company official said it was a conflation of the words ‘spice and ham.’ All sorts of parodic acronyms have circulated over the years, including ‘Something Posing As Meat.’ The original recipe, still sold as the ‘Classic’ flavor, contains pork shoulder and ham meat, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrate. There’s a gelatinous glaze on top, which forms like that after the broth cools down.
Spam sold in the Americas is mostly produced in Austin, Minnesota — ‘Spam Town USA’ and home of the SPAM museum. Hawaii’s residents consume more Spam per capita than the residents of any other state, and the canned meat has been nicknamed ‘The Hawaiian Steak.’ Spam is the main course in the Israeli Defense Force’s combat meal kits, but the pork is replaced by beef so that it’s kosher.
There’s a Monty Python sketch that came out in 1970 where the actors go into a cafe; and try to order breakfast, but almost everything on the menu contains Spam. One woman doesn’t want Spam in her breakfast and gets into an argument with the waitress, who tells her that the menu consists of ‘Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam, and Spam.’ It’s from this Monty Python sketch that ‘spam’ acquired the use so familiar today: unwanted or unsolicited e-mail. The first recorded use of the word in this way is in 1993. It’s also become a verb in the English language, for the action of sending out spam.
And the word ‘spam’ itself, untranslated, is now a noun in French, Portuguese, and Vietnamese. The verb ‘to spam’ in German is ‘spammen’; in Czech the verb is ‘spamovat’; and in Italian it’s ‘spammare.’ There’s a new Monty Python’s musical, SPAMALOT, currently playing in San Francisco.
And now, for our word of the day:
Spam. noun, verb, spammed, spamming.
1. Trademark. a canned food product consisting esp. of pork formed into a solid block.
–noun 2. (lowercase) a disruptive, esp. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.
–verb (used with object) 3. (lowercase) to send spam to.
–verb (used without object) 4. (lowercase) to send spam.
Origin: (def. 1) sp(iced) + (h)am; 1990–95; referring to a comedy routine on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Brit. TV series.
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Sources: The Writer’s Almanac, dictionary.com
Posted in General, GrammarGag Reel (fun stuff), GrammarGarnish (wordplay), tagged administratium, clever, email, English, fun, governmentium, grammar, heaviest element discovered, language, non-original, usage, Web, words on July 1, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Rarely do we come across non-original material that we feel compelled to post … here’s something that’s going around in email of-late. We think it’s clever and we want to pass it along. Enjoy!
HEAVIEST ELEMENT DISCOVERED
Research has led to discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that normally takes less than a second to take as long as 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neurons and deputy neurons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization causes more morons to become neurons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, which has half as many peons but twice the number of morons.
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