Wednesday Wordplay: Martha Stewart and Facebook Bingo

 Motivational Quotes

 

wright The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
 
          — Frank Lloyd Wright

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
            — Henry David Thoreau

 

marthaLife is too complicated not to be orderly.
            — Martha Stewart, quoted in Harper’s Bazaar

Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations. It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinion, of in that of any person, whose opinion we ought to value.
            — Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764

 

feinsteinToughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstriped suit.
            — Senator Dianne Feinstein

One thing I’ve learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don’t feel it; there’s probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that.
            — Norman Mailer

 

Mark Twain on the length of German words and sentences:

"Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth." -Mark Twain "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court"

 

 

Facebook bingo

(noun) On Facebook, this term refers to a posted photo that features five or more people, all of whom have Facebook profiles and are accurately tagged.

At a dinner table of 10 people – "Let’s get the waitress to take a picture of us! OMG, this is totally gonna be a Facebook bingo!"

 


 

English explorations 

 

“Queen’s English” and the upper class usage of “one” 

From: http://www.ic.arizona.edu/~lsp/QueensEnglish.html

  • The "Royal ONE"
    The pronominal usage of "one" is not only stereotypically associated with the upper classes, and especially the Royal Family, but that is also used frequently in their real life. There are a number of ways that the word "one" is used in place of "I", and it has also been seen to be commonly used in those people connected with the Royal Family. Friends of the family as well as household help like the Queen’s dresser or an ex-cook have been heard to use the phrase "one" in place of "I."
    Examples:
    "One says to oneself: "Oh God, there’s one’s daughter"
    (Father of the Duchess of York – quoted from The Star, July 1986)
    "One hesitates to use such a trite word as delighted, but of course one IS delighted"
    (The Queen’s dresser – quoted on receiving his knighthood – The Guardian, June 1989)
  • General pronunciation
    The Queen and Older Royals might pronounce the following words as noted.
    Examples:
    house = hice
    off = orf
    tower = tar
    refined = refained
    Younger royals might exhibit the following types of pronunciations:
    really = rairly
    milk = miuk
    yes = yah
    St. Paul’s = St. Pauw’s

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Wednesday Wordplay – the iPhone effect

 Inspirational Quotes

 

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
            — Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted in his obituary, April 9, 1959

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
 
           — J. K. Rowling

I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.
            — Oprah Winfrey, 20th Anniversary DVD

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
            — Anonymous

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.
            — Peggy Noonan, in Good Housekeeping

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
            — John Wayne

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
            — Bill Gates, Business @ The Speed of Thought

Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.
            — Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Don’t need to say please to no man for a happy tune.
            — Neil Diamond, Cracklin’ Rose

Urban Dictionary

iphone effect

shortly after one person in the group brings out their iphone, the rest follow suit, ultimately ending all conversation and eye contact.

"Hey, what do you want to order for drinks?" "Not sure, let’s see what Imbibe Magazine has for their best beer this month." First iphone comes out of the pocket–enter safari search. Next iphone comes out–enter Facebook post. Third iphone makes an entrance — the iphone effect has arrived.

Wednesday Wordplay – Cher before Bette Davis

Inspirational Quotes

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
            — Leon Tec, M.D.

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.
            — Cher

The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself – something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.
            — Tina Turner, O Magazine, December 2003

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
            — Frank Lloyd Wright

In love, one and one are one.
            — Jean-Paul Sartre

Out of the strain of the Doing,
Into the peace of the Done.
            — Julia Louise Woodruff, ‘Harvest Home,’ Sunday at Home, 1910

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
            — John Updike, Problems and Other Stories

It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
            — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962

We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God’s creative pulse itself.
            — Joseph Chilton Pearce

If you take a pill to make everything better, then you don’t know when things are fucked up. If you don’t know when things are fucked up, then you can’t fix it yourself.
            — Alexa Junge, United States of Tara, Snow, 2009

I used to think of all the billions of people in the world, and of all those people, how was I going to meet the right ones? The right ones to be my friends, the right one to be my husband. Now I just believe you meet the people you’re supposed to meet.
            — Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, The Quest, 1995

Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
            — Mark Twain

 

Urban Dictionary

Elf-Esteem

The feeling of being overworked, underappreciated and like you don’t exist to others during the holidays while in actuality the season’s success depends on you.
The sense of being 3 feet small when others would view you in high stature if they realized all you do to make the holiday’s happen.

I think Hermey is having some elf-esteem issues. He’s pulling the stuffing out of all the teddy bears.

Short story long

Something that could have been told in a more concise way but is dragged out because the teller doesn’t know how to tell a story. It’s a play on the annoying clarifier, "Long story short," people use to sum up a digression, which really never seems to be that short anyway. So instead you say the opposite.

So I was walking into the store the other day, I wanted to get some aspirin because I had this massive headache and I walked down aisle four but they only had Tylenol but that doesn’t work and I went to the counter and short story long this guy was holding up the store!