Wednesday Wordplay: Bette Davis and her enemies

  

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
            — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously…. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
            — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1811

 

Hysteria is only possible with an audience.
            — Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters, 1999

 

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
            — Will Rogers

Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don’t pick your nose.
            — Jeff Mallett, Frazz, 08-03-04

 

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
            — Erica Jong, Fear of Flying, 1973

 

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
            — Bern Williams

  
  

Wednesday Wordplay: Eat before shopping

Motivational Quotes

Eat before shopping. If you go to the store hungry, you are likely to make unnecessary purchases.
            — American Heart Association Cookbook

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention – invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
            — Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
            — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.
            — W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1943

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
            — Heda Bejar

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
            — Sydney Smith

Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
            — Henry Winkler

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
            — Louisa May Alcott

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
            — Denis Diderot

To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.
            — Madonna, O Magazine, January 2004

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
            — C. S. Lewis

 

Toponyms

 

Toponym – a word derived from a place or location.

Whether it’s when we drink champagne (from Champagne, France), commit a solecism (after Soloi, an Athenian colony in Cilicia), or when we meet our Waterloo (Waterloo, Belgium), we are (perhaps unknowingly) alluding to a distant land and its history. Here are a few examples:

 

  shanghai
 

MEANING:

verb tr.: To recruit someone forcibly or by fraud into doing something.

ETYMOLOGY:

After Shanghai, a major seaport in east China. The term derives from the former practice (mid-1800s to early 1900) of luring men, by the use of drugs, liquor, or violence into serving on US ships destined for East Asia. People who recruited sailors in this manner were called crimps. The practice ended with The Seamen’s Act of 1915 that made crimping a federal crime.

USAGE:

"I know that no one shanghais people into joining the police or becoming a medic, but it does us no harm to remind ourselves from time to time how off-the-scale gnarly these jobs are."
Caitlin Moran; Buttocks on the Skirting Board?; The Times (London, UK); Jan 25, 2010.

   
  Munich
 

MEANING:

noun: A shortsighted or dishonorable appeasement.

ETYMOLOGY:

After Munich, Germany, the site of a pact signed by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany on Sep 29, 1938 that permitted annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland by Nazi Germany. WWII began a year later; Sudetenland was restored to Czechoslovakia after the war.

USAGE:

"Neoconservatives, writes Jacob Heilbrunn, ‘see new Munichs everywhere and anywhere’."
Andrew J. Bacevich; The Neocondition; Los Angeles Times; Jan 20, 2008.

 

NOTE:   exonym and endonym

The name “Munich”" is an exonym (a name used by outsiders). The local name (endonym) for Munich is München, derived from Mönch (monk) as the city was founded by Benedictine monks in 1158.


 

NEXT UP: The art of “catching up” in traffic

 

Catching Up

Caleb Crain watches the traffic go by:

On the streets of Park Slope, the most dangerous driving seems to occur when drivers are in the throes of the illusion that they are "catching up." If a driver feels that a safe and pleasant speed on a residential street is 15 miles an hour, but an obstacle (such as a double-parked delivery van) temporarily forces the driver to slow down or even stop, he often responds, once he has passed the obstacle, by "catching up." That is, he suddenly accelerates to thirty miles an hour, and holds that speed for half a block or more. What he is "catching up" to is where he thinks his car would be if he hadn’t been forced to slow down. It wasn’t his choice to slow down; it was (and I am rankly indulging here in a fantasy of driver’s psychology, which isn’t such a stretch for me because I, too, drive) somehow unfair that he had to slow down. By revving the engine, he expresses his anger at this injustice and recovers for himself the timespace that the universe, in the form of a double-parked delivery van, had tried to take from him.

 

bootyism

Bootyism is a sexy religion often confused with Budhism.

I know more about Bootyism than I do about Catholicism!