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 – Bob Dylan meets Victor Hugo

When there’s snow on the ground, I like to pretend I’m walking on clouds.
            — Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
            — Sam Rayburn

The things you own end up owning you.
            — Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
            — Bob Dylan

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
            — Benjamin Disraeli

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend.
            — Solon

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
            — Victor Hugo

A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.
            — Joseph Rickaby

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it.
            — Kathleen Casey Theisen

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
            — Muhammad Ali, "More Than a Hero"

To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.
          
Thomas Moore