Wednesday Words – Orwellian Truth

At 50 everyone has the face he deserves
~ George Orwell

As I age quotes that once held nothing for me now hold more meaning. This one sent me to the mirror. I think I did okay. Not bad, not bad at all. Thanks George.

Wednesday Words – Don’t Dot Your I Tittle It

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This is no news to my fellow geeks that love fonts. That’s not a dot on your i it’s a tittle. Yep, that’s the real word for it. Why it is call that I don’t know. Maybe when putting the tittle there it’s titillating for some? Sorry, I had to have fun with this word for an object we all know we use a generic word for, but has a very real specific name. So font geeks I tip my hat to you for teaching us about our own language. Thank you.

Wednesday Words – There’s a word for that

That cardboard sleeve you get to keep the hot coffee in comfortably in your grasp has a name. It’s a Zarf. That’s a cool word. Fun to say. Starts with a Z. English doesn’t have enough Z words so please don’t let it die. Don’t ask for a cardboard sleeve ask for a Zarf… keep the word alive. Without use words dies and Zarf is too cool to suffer such a fate.

Wednesday Words – Musical Mnemonic

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I enjoy playing instruments. I am lousy at reading music. Show me a note and I’ll struggle to name it. However I can show you its location on the piano, keyboard, claranet, and guitar. but the name… I’ll have to struggle remembering the mnemonics of my early musical education. If the note you showed me is on a line I’ll have to think Every Good Boy Does Fine while counting the lines upward.  Just as Roy helps me remember the rainbow those good boys help we remember the name of notes.

 

Wednesday Words – The Real Root of Evil

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Money by Keith Cooper on Flickr. He has graciously shared the image under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

We all know the saying “Money is the root of all evil.” But that’s a famous or should I say infamous misquote of the King James Bible. The real quote is

For the love of money is the root of all evil. ~1 Timothy 6:10

Money itself is just a thing it’s what you will do to satisfy your lust for it that can be the evil.

Wednesday Words – Names of Things

We are all familar with the sideways eight representing infinity. It has become popluar in tattoos and jewelry. So much so we refer to it as the ‘infinity symbol.’ But saying that is going the long way around the barn, the symbol acutally has a name lemniscate. So next time you want a tattoo or bracelet ask for the lemniscate.