Previous posts in the Standard Dictionary of Facts series: HISTORY, LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, BIOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY, TRAVEL, ART, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, INDUSTRY, INVENTION, COMMERCE, SCIENCE, NATURAL HISTORY, STATISTICS AND MISCELLANY The Standard Dictionary of Facts– Give it a try! I have already read the Prefaces of both the Question Book and the Dictionary (citations below). I am a
Nothing written by Socrates remains extant. That’s redundant, right?
“Ruff??” ‘”Good Lord, Missy!” Sigh. “Can’t you look it up yourself?” “Ruff!” “Well, I suppose I could but I just assumed you knew what the word meant.” “I guess I do, but why do you ask?” “ruff?” “Um. Duh. Marica. I am not hard of hearing. I just heard Mr. Big Food say that that
http://www.playbuzz.com/jonb10/how-many-english-words-do-you-actually-know Folks, this is what’s wrong with the world today. Twenty-four correct of 30 possible is NOT an A+ and certainly does NOT deserve a gold star.24/30 = 0.8 = 80% = B-.Talk about grade inflation.
Believe it or not, we have resumed the Word of the Day Can You Use It in a Sentence game. (You can view all 54 “word” posts by clicking on “words” in the label list.) We had an especially good word– left over from December 18th!– to begin again. Especially good as we read our
Oh what profound ignorance doth exonerate our mighty president. –A. Leland We commented that this might be one of A. Leland’s shortest sentences. He didn’t give her a chance to exonerate him– he called her back straight away to apologize. –Daughter C To err is human, to exonerate, divine. –Mr. Big Food Having learned of
Those incapable of thinking beyond pecuniary concerns are worthy of spiteful disapprobation. –Mike I disapprove of Alex’s handling of pecuniary issues. –Marica His objections were ostensibly pecuniary since he was not lacking in time or interest. –Daughter C To place a pecuniary value on friendship is to misunderstand its value altogether. –A. Leland. That’s rich.
A human being born with a tail suffers from atavism. –Marica Recent studies of the progressive mind provide strong evidence for atavism among the more liberal population, although it is not yet clear whether this devolution has found its terminus in its current reptilian form, or if this segment of the population will revert still
Until today, I had no idea those beautiful fine webs in the pasture that I take so many photos of in the fall were gossamers. –Marica His thesis, which he thought so deep and profound, collapsed like gossamer under the slightest critical scrutiny. –Mr. Big Food With gossamer strands of spider’s silk strung with artful
[Miss M] ruled by royal fiat that I could not use the word “commercial” in this sentence. –Daughter C I just gave Missy & Rocky a fiat to get the heck out of the dining room. –Miss M Rule by whim coupled with fiat is a true mark of tyranny. –Mr. Big Food Constitutional authority,
My colleague is immune to feelings of impropriety.–A. LelandThere was a certain impropriety in the manner in which he handled challenges to his reading of the literature.–MaricaThe alleged impropriety of how college football determines its national champion is greatly exaggerated.–Mr. Big Food Can you believe he answered his phone during dinner? The impropriety of some
He was the devil incarnate. –Marica Even omnipotence incarnate would not be enough to salvage healthcare dot gov. –Mr. Big Food [Miss M] may well be the incarnate expression of an occasional friend. –A. Leland Dog ownership is happiness incarnate. –Miss M
Tonight we had 100% participation in our Word of the Day Can You Use it in a Sentence activity! Please do not efface my doorstep with your presence. –A. Leland I would like to efface the tense of our word game. –Daughter C Security drones are an efface to individual liberty. –Mr. Big Food Tray
If I ever get back to the Alabama coast I am going to complete my vendetta against that shark that stole my record-breaking fish. –A. Leland Owing to their consanguinity, what began as a family squabble ended in a vendetta. –Marica The liberty vendetta against cowardly tyrants was quick– and decisive. –Mr. Big Food.
That would have been a good one. It came as no surprise to any of the soldiers to find that the malingerer in their ranks was of French nationality. –A. Leland The malingerers are no longer at the gates; they’ve been ruling us for some time. –Mr. Big Food The Libertarian Revolution doesn’t need any
There is not a scintilla of evidence supporting [Miss M’s] “so-called” correct pronunciation of “wool.” –A. Leland Whatever. She didn’t even have a scintilla of remorse for scarfing down the last scraps of the leftover ribs. –Miss M Oh. I get it. Miss M read her sentence and I was like, “What? Missy didn’t get
Creamed spinach. PopEye! We enjoyed the last of the fresh spinach– for a little while. I picked it hard the other day, and what with the cold weather, growth has slowed considerably. A. Leland tried out the beta version of his Winter Tea. He’ll make a big batch for Thanksgiving and serve it in the
A lack of eptitude resulted in an inept character. –Mr. Big Food I left it inept to the other fella to put the shine on the barn. –A. Leland Excessive drinking and crack usage do not alone make one an inept city official. –Daughter C It was the most inept performance by a professor– in
Foolish recondite puffery is the real “hobgoblin.” –Mr. Big Food Metaphysicians seem to be incapable of offering anything but the worst recondite theses. –A. Leland According to contemporary scholars, “No genuine scientific understanding is possible.” “How recondite,” said Hume. –Marica re ∙ con ∙ dite
When Mr. Obama announced that he was not made “directly” aware of the impending failure of the Unaffordable-If-You-Don’t-Like-It-Too-Bad-Act, he was was speaking with obliquity. –A. Leland The obliquity of contemporary politics, although reprehensible, is a deliberate product of the Corporate State. –Mr. Big Food The obliquity of his answer to my question tipped me off