Word Hoard

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

So today is Fat Tuesday-Mardi Gras-Carnival-Pancake Day and the like. What I didn't know about was Collop Monday

Lent begins tomorrow, forty days of sacrifice (fasting and penitence). The word means Spring and comes from the OE lencten which hypothetically comes from West Germanic langitinaz, lengthen--for the lengthening of days.

I think I'm going to fast a bit on sound. There will be more about this tomorrow in Herman's Honeytown.

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Monday, February 12, 2007


I often listen to Mike and Mike in the Morning, on my local ESPN radio station. It is hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Their schtick is that Golic is a troglodite former defensive lineman in the NFL, and "Greeny" is a metrosexual Jewish intellectual. So there are plenty of interchanges where Golic talks about his hygiene or eating habits and Greeny expresses his disgust. Occasionally, the disgust will be so great that Greeny will say something like, "I'm so disgusted, I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth." or just "I just threw up a little bit in my mouth."

It is a pet phrase of his, along with "At the end of the day, . . . ." I don't know how I feel about this phrase. I've noticed it other places, sometimes with variations on the concept, and it is still effective. However, I'm afraid it might catch on and, with increased use, lose its effectiveness. I know Greeny isn't the progenitor of the phrase, just a propigator of it, but he's my propigator.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Out of Whack

Is "out of whack," or "all out of whack," a phrase that doesn't have a positive like some negative words don't? I never hear anyone say, nor have I read the phrase "in whack," "mostly in whack," or "back in whack." I like that last one; it might serve the same purpose as copasetic.