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Immortal Beloved
31 March 2013 @ 06:54 pm
I wrote a little ditty for my kitties today...

Oh, Catnip Bag
(to the tune of O Tannenbaum)

Oh, catnip bag! Oh, catnip bag,
I lick you and get high.
Oh, catnip bag! Oh, catnip bag,
The craziness is nigh.

I can't play with you by myself,
So Mommy keeps you on the shelf.

Oh, catnip bag! Oh, catnip bag,
I lick you and get high.
Immortal Beloved
03 June 2012 @ 11:14 pm
I went to the Philadelphia Comic Con this weekend.  During the Q&A, this is what happened.  I figure that somebody is bound to post this on Youtube, so I'm beating them to the punch.  If I'm to be embarrassed, I'll be the one to do the embarrassing. :-P

Feeling: embarrassedembarrassed
Immortal Beloved
01 May 2012 @ 05:39 pm
Hideeho, y'all.  Today is my posting day at Seasonal Spuffy.  They are no longer crossposting to LJ, so I'm posting my offering here on my journal.


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Feeling: sicksick
Immortal Beloved
12 April 2012 @ 01:54 pm
Step One: Watch video.

Step Two: Read article.

Step Three: Choose from the following options:

A) Become outraged.
B) Laugh your ass off.
C) Purchase Clean and Dry Intimate Wash (not FDA approved).

Seriously, I'd be outraged if I weren't laughing so hard. :-P
Feeling: amusedamused
Immortal Beloved
10 April 2012 @ 03:24 pm

paronomasia \,pa-rə-nō-‘mā-zh(ē-)ə, ,pa-,rä-nə-‘mā-\ n : a play on words : pun
No matter how hard Willow tried to program the Buffybot with effective verbal wit, its attempts at paronomasias were incoherent at best.

Essentially, puns are humorous uses of words to suggest more than one interpretation.  “Paronomasia,” which derives from a Greek verb meaning “to call with a slight change of name,” can simply be a synonym for “pun.”  But it can also be used, somewhat playfully, to suggest an uncontrollable urge to make puns, as if it were a disease, rather than word play.  For example, William Safire announced in The New York Times (July 6, 1980) that “an epidemic of paronomasia has raced around the world.”

Anybody have anything punny add?
Feeling: rejectedrejected
Immortal Beloved
09 April 2012 @ 04:00 pm

Double Bonus Word Day!

At the sight of Buffy’s moue, Spike couldn’t resist the urge to osculate her.

moue \‘mü\ n : a little grimace : pout

“Moue” is one of two similar-sounding words in English that refer to a pout or grimace; the other is “mow,” which is pronounced to rhyme either with “no” or “now.”  “Mow” and “moue” share the same origin (the Anglo-French mouwe) and a distant relationship to a Middle Dutch word for a protruding lip.  (They do not, however, share a relationship to the word “mouth,” which derives from Old English mūth.)  While use of “moue” in English traces back only a little more than 150 years, “mow” dates all the way back to the 14th century.  “Moue” has also seen occasional use as a verb.

osculate \‘äs-kyə-,lāt\ v : to kiss

“Osculate” comes from the Latin noun osculum, meaning “kiss” or “little mouth.”  It was included in a dictionary of “hard” words in 1656, but we have no evidence that anyone actually used it until the 19th century, except for scientists who used it with the different meaning “to contact.”

Feeling: frustratedfrustrated
Immortal Beloved
06 April 2012 @ 05:59 pm

kittel \‘ki-təl\ n : a white cotton or linen robe worn by Orthodox Jews on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and at the Passover Seder
Determined to earn an A in Mr. Whitmore’s health class, Willow spent all night sewing a tiny kittel for her egg baby to demonstrate that she taught it religious values.

Kittels have long been made of cotton, and if you follow the threads of the words “kittel” and “cotton” back far enough into history, you will find that both seem to have come from quţn, the Arabic word for “cotton.”  In the case of “kittel,” we can follow the thread with relative certainty back through Yiddish to the Middle High German work kietel, meaning “cotton or hempen outer garment.”  However, “cotton” can be traced directly to quţn.

Feeling: aggravatedaggravated
Immortal Beloved
05 April 2012 @ 10:58 pm

nychthemeron \nik-‘the-mə-,rän\ n : a full period of a night and a day
At the suggestion of Mr. Bogarty at the magic shop, Tara purified the moonstone by burying it in sand for one nychthemeron before using it for spellcasting.

This 24-hour term brings together the Greek root nykt- or nyx-, meaning “night,” and the Greek word hemera, meaning “day.”  Another English descendant of nykt-/nyx- is “nyctalopia,” meaning “night blindness” (adding alaos, meaning “blind,” and op- or ops, meaning “eye”).  Hemera has other English offspring, including “hemerocallis,” another name for the daylily (from hemera plus kallos, meaning “beauty”).

Tidbit: The red hemerocallis is one of my favorite flowers.  Here's a pic. :-)

Feeling: anxiousanxious
Immortal Beloved
05 April 2012 @ 12:50 am

Why I love Ringer:

  • The plot has so many twists and turns that you barely recover from a bad case of whiplash by the time the next episode airs.
  • It's managed to surprise me, whereas with most shows, I guess what's gonna happen next before the writers do. :-P
  • Bridget is an ex-stripper drug addict, who's on the run from an organized crime lord, got her nephew killed, steals her sister's identity, and bangs her brother-in-law--and she's the GOOD twin!
  • Siobhan is nicknamed "Shiv" (slang for a makeshift knife usually found in prisons), a moniker I find fitting since she's a back-stabbing, diabolical fiend.
  • In a dream sequence, Siobhan wonders why Andrew loves Bridget when he didn't love her.
    Siobhan: What do you have that I don't?
    Bridget: Um...a soul?*
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar kept calling it "Ring-ger" in the promos, but eventually started pronouncing only one "g", presumably having gotten my telepathic signals that two "g's" was annoying the crap outta me.
  • It's resurrected the over-the-top, soap-opera-iness of the prime-time dramas of my childhood, like Falcon Crest, Dynasty, and Dallas.
  • The costumers take great pains to dress SMG in the finest couture, but she's so short that she inevitably winds up looking like she's been playing in mommy's closet.
  • After double-crossing Mr. Carpenter, Catherine leaves him a sticky note with a post script that says, "You're an idiot!"
  • Andrew wears suspenders.
  • There's not a single character who hasn't lied, cheated, stolen, manipulated, and/or committed murder.
  • It's decadently ridiculous, and I eat that shit up like double chocolate cake. :-P

*Okay, she didn't really say that, but she would have if I'd written the script.

Feeling: chipperchipper
Immortal Beloved
04 April 2012 @ 04:00 pm

taciturn \‘ta-sə-,tərn\ adj : temperamentally disinclined to talk
“For a taciturn, shadowy guy,” Angel told Wesley, “I got a big mouth.”

A descendant of the verb tacēre, meaning “to be silent,” we first find “taciturn” in a satiric drama written in 1734 by James Miller, a British clergyman educated at Oxford.  Other words from the tacēre family include “tacit,” an adjective meaning “expressed without words” or “implied,” and “taciturnity,” meaning “habitual silence.”

Feeling: rushedrushed