Saturday, December 5, 2009

SUPERB! A new cool photo, finally. And, some fun words to say.

Fun photo from TIME's Today in Pictures. Ring-tailed Lemurs dine on a pre-Christmas surprise of dried fruits served à la Santa Claus boot at an animal park in Hamburg.

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Philipp Guelland / AFP / Getty

These pictures are my "lazy" blog day listings. They're quick and easy to post and I don't have to worry too much about typos or bad grammar!

Or I should say they used to be. Time has a great photo collection on their website. I usually select the "cool" photos for this blog from their Today In Pictures or Pictures of the Week collections but for the last 2-3 months the options have been really slim, if non-existent. They haven't had any photos? you ask.

Yes, they've had plenty of photos. But they are all so bleak and of natural disasters; wars; death; destruction; decay; widows/orphans in dire straits; disease; despotism; jingoism/Republicanism (they both mean the same thing); former fascist, dastardly, deceitful, devious ex-Vice Presidents; dead superstars; disastrous, deceitful, devious, delirious, former Vice President Female Republican candidates; morbidly obese, drug-addicted, right wing talk show hosts; dim-witted former reality television stars with overly large families; dead-end wars fought by decrepit, antediluvian, archaic, duplicitous, religious political institutions; .....I could go on.

Don't, please! you say. I can't take anymore! you say.

Well at least we used some of my favorite words in the diatribe above. Don't you love words? I love a Thesaurus.

I suppose that this dearth of happy/positive photos is representative of the time in which we live. But couldn't they include a fucking frivolous photo like the one above, at least occasionally? So the world is coming to an end. Couldn't we have a happy moment or two as part of the mashup? It's our last possible chance for a smile.

My favorite word is fuck. It is the most expressive and exquisite word in the lexicon. Sorry to shock. But I have to be honest. What's even better than a fuck?.....saying the word "fuck" ("Prolly", as daninoksc says, because the word is the only thing available for my use!)

Or antediluvian. Or dearth. Aren't these great and fun words to speak??!!! sends out a daily email with a word of the day which, besides my first cup of coffee, is usually the only highlight to facing another "fresh hell" of a day ("fresh hell" thanks to Dorothy Parker: A line attributed many times to Shakespeare but actually it's from American author/critic/poet and wit Dorothy Parker. She is reported to have exclaimed "What fresh hell is this?" when her train of thought was interrupted by a telephone. She then started using it in place of "hello" when answering the phone or a knock at her door.)

Here's a really cool, interesting word from yesterday's email transmission. The word just sounds curious and the meaning is interesting (it's almost an onomatopoeia, no?).

Word of the Day

Friday, December 04, 2009


\gal-uh-MAW-free\ , noun;
A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

Today bilingual programs are conducted in a gallimaufry of around 80 tongues, ranging from Spanish to Lithuanian to Micronesian Yapese.
-- Ezra Bowen, "For Learning or Ethnic Pride?", Time, July 8, 1985

We have the same eyes dark and chestnut hair. But I am a lame gallimaufry and she remains perfect.
-- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Maran reports the daily jostlings and thrivings in a public school with 3,200 students, 185 teachers, 45 languages, a principal and five vice principals, five safety monitors, 62 sports teams and a gallimaufry of alternative programs, clubs and cliques.
-- Colman McCarthy, "A Writer Goes Back to School", Washington Post, August 20, 2001

Gallimaufry, originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," comes from French galimafrée, from Old French, from galer, "to rejoice, to make merry" (source of English gala) + mafrer, "to eat much," from Medieval Dutch maffelen, "to open one's mouth wide."

Have a great day! Let this gallimaufry of a blog posting put a smile on your face to mask the frown!

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