Wednesday Wordplay – Plato and stealth calling

Inspirational Quotes

 

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
            — Benjamin Disraeli

A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
            — Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

 

    
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
            — Eleanor Roosevelt
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True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.
         
  — Edna Buchanan

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.
          
Pete Seeger

I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
            — Anna Quindlen

It’s odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don’t quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.
            — Lady Bird Johnson

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
            — Samuel Butler

 

Albert-Einstein-1 Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
  
         — Albert Einstein, (attributed)

Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
         
  — Plato

Famous I don’t know about. It’s hard to be famous and alive. I just want to play music every day and hear someone say, ‘Thanks, that was great, here’s some money, same time tomorrow, okay?’
            — Terry Pratchett, Soul Music, page 151

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.
           
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., Dem Convention Speech ,Chicago, July 21, 1952

There is nothing sadder in this world than the waste of human potential. The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us grovelling in it.
            — Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992

Some things you do because you want to. Some things you do because of the needs of others in your family.
            — Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 10-06-05

 


 

Urban Dictionary

Stealth-call

When you have to call someone back but don’t want to talk to them, so you wait until you know they can’t talk and leave a voice mail.

"I don’t want to tell Karen I can’t make it tonight, so I’ll Stealth-call her when she’s on her flight and has her phone shut off."

 


Synonyms

 

NOTE: Recently, for a writing assignment, I looked up “hodgepodge” in my thesaurus, and was amazed at how many synonyms were listed; some of which sound rather silly/fun (omnium-gatherum?).  Here you go:

Synonyms for “hodgepodge”

Oddments, odds and ends, mishmash, omnium-gatherum, ragbag, farrago, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, olio, imbroglio, gallimaufry, salmagundi

 


 The Evolution of Language

 

“Loan translation”

Languages often borrow only the idea from a different language and translate a word literally. English “skyscraper” becomes rascacielos (literally scrape-skies) in Spanish, gratte-ciel in French, Wolkenkratzer in German, and so on. This process of borrowing is called loan translation or calque (from French calquer: to trace or copy).

German “Gedankenexperiment” becomes "thought experiment" in English through loan translation. French “marché aux puces” gets translated as flea market. The term loan translation itself is a loan translation of German “Lehnübersetzung.”

      

Wednesday Wordplay – Buddha and the South Park chef

Motivational Quotes

Too many people think only of their own profit. But business opportunity seldom knocks on the door of self-centered people. No customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper.
            — Kazuo Inamori 

The most decisive actions of our life – I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered.
        — Andre Gide 

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
        — Abraham Lincoln , speech in Washington D.C., 1865

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
            — Patricia Neal 

I am convinced that life in a physical body is meant to be an ecstatic experience.
            — Shakti Gawain 

You must not come lightly to the blank page.
            — Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
            — Leonardo da Vinci 

Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
            — Georgia O’Keeffe

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
            — Carrie Fisher 

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
 
           — Anna Quindlen 

Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.
            — Trey Parker and Matt Stone , South Park, Chef Aid, 1998

We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.
            — Ethel Barrett 

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.
            — George Burns

Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons. It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
            — Willa Cather, My Antonia

Better to get up late and be wide awake than to get up early and be asleep all day.
            — Anonymous

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
            — Colin Powell

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
            — Charles Dickens

Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.
            — Salma Hayek

Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.
            — Gautama Buddha


 

Urban Dictionary

Professional Student

Person who receives multiple degrees and keeps taking courses instead of holding a profession related to the degrees earned. Can be a compliment or an insult depending on the speaker.

Ex. 1: a compliment
“Man, I think you’re so cool for writing a dissertation on Mesoamerican maize fertilization. You’re a real professional student!”
Ex.2 an insult:
“Hey Jack, won’t you get a real job and quit being a professional student?”

Jack-Off all trades

A person who does not use profession as criteria for choosing sexual partners

– How’d you swing that? I thought Jane only fucked above a certain income bracket.
Naa man, she’s a jack off all trades


Word of the week

Phantasmagoria (noun)
[fan-taz’-mah-GORE-ee-ah]

1. a dreamlike state where real and imagined elements are blurred together: “She has finally emerged from the drug-induced phantasmagoria of the last decade.”
2. a series of events involving rapid changes in light intensity and color
3. fantastic imagery, especially as represented in art
adjective form: phantasmagoric
adverb form: phantasmagorically


Origin:
Approximately 1802; name of a magic lantern exhibition brought to London in 1802 by Philipstal; alteration of French, ‘phantasmagorie’: art of creating supernatural illusions, from ‘fantasme’; from Greek, ‘phainein’: bring to light.

In action:
“…life is moral responsibility. Life is several other things, we do not deny. It is beauty, it is joy, it is tragedy, it is comedy, it is psychical and physical pleasure, it is the interplay of a thousand rude or delicate motions and emotions, it is the grimmest and the merriest motley of phantasmagoria that could appeal to the gravest or the maddest brush ever put to palette; but it is steadily and sturdily and always moral responsibility.”
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911). U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life (1897).

Wednesday Wordplay – Warhol, Freud and Facebook crushes

Inspirational Quotes

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
            — Anna Freud

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
            — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A dog is the greatest gift a parent can give a child. OK, a good education, then a dog.
            — John Grogan, An Interview with John Grogan, 2008

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. 
        — Natalie Goldberg

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
        — Stewart L. Udall, commencement address, Dartmouth College, June 13, 1965

A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go.
        — Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights, 1993

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
        — George Bernard Shaw

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
        — Andy Warhol, “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous.
        — Anna Quindlen, O Magazine, May 2003

I like manual labor. Whenever I’ve got waterlogged with study, I’ve taken a spell of it and found it spiritually invigorating.
        — W. Somerset Maugham, “The Razor’s Edge”, 1943


Urban Dictionary

 

time vampire

Something or someone who literally sucks your time like a vampire sucks blood.

My computer broke again, I spent all night working on that fucking time vampire.

 

text-hole

Someone who texts on their cellphone in really inappropriate places, like movie theatres, concerts, plays, or during sex.

1. The movie was great, except right during the best scene, this text-hole in front of me lit up his phone and started texting away.
2. We were humping away, and she started texting her friend. She was a certified text-hole.

 

Leno Giver

When someone retires from a legendary television franchise, passes the torch to a worthy successor. Then he gets bored and starts a new show which sucks and then asks for their old job back by firing the successor.

He’s a leno giver.

 

Facebook crush

A crush on a FB friend is characterized by the unexplainable urge to revisit the friend’s Photos tab repeatedly and checking to see if other friends have written new messages on their Wall. Usually afflicts users who are only somewhat acquainted.

"I’ve got a Facebook crush on a guy I was going to rent a room from, but in the end we just friended each other."

 

friendly review

A positive review you give to a movie, book, TV series or CD that you don’t like but which a friend has recommended to you, usually because you don’t want to hurt their feelings.

Rod: I watched that movie The Departed last night which John lent me.
Tom: What did you think?
Rod: I hated it.
Tom: Oh boy, he loves that movie. What did you tell him?
Rod: I told him it was great.
Tom: You gave it a friendly review, huh?
Rod: Yeah, you know what hes like.

wednesday wordplay: Babs, Anna and Phil – you lie!!

Quotes to live by

 

You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.
            — Barbra Streisand

Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.
            — Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000

Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.
            — Phil Jackson

 

Urban dictionary 

half-your-age-plus-seven

The rule to define the youngest that a romantic interest can be before the relationship is indecent.

26-year-old Barbara waited patiently until Jack turned 20, fulfilling the half-your-age-plus-seven rule, before pursuing him romantically.

 

You lie!

The classiest way to respond to anyone you disagree with.

Obama: There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This too is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.