Wednesday Wordplay: make good shit

Motivational Quotes

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
            — Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good shit and give it away as fast as you can.
            — Lisa Williams, The Lessons of Nixon, 05-19-06

An author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.
            — W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1943

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
    
       — Karen Sunde

How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you’ll know right away what you amount to.
            — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.
            — Gail Pool

All a good letter has to do is make you feel special.
            — Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata


 

The T/D deletion

(who knew there was such a thing?)

In Mark Liberman’s Language Log, he discusses how the expression “baked goods” is increasingly being rendered “bake goods,” as a result of t/d deletion – a linguistic process by which the suffix “ed” is deleted. Although stigmatized, the t/d deletion is a common progressive occurrence in American English, at least in some contexts. As a result, fixed expressions that start out as participle+noun sometimes evolve into the loss of their “ed” ending. Past examples that occurred long ago include:

  • ice(d) cream
  • skim(med) milk
  • pop(ped) corn
  • wax(ed) paper

More recently, the t/d deletion has held sway with ice(d) tea, cream(ed) corn, and whip(ped) cream.

Read more about this phenomenon here.

 

A “Hella”byte????

Scientists are lobbying for the creation of a word to describe numbers larger than 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000: A campaign for” hella” to join the likes of “kilo,” “mega” and “giga” as an internationally accepted prefix is attracting growing support..

Wednesday Wordplay: Pete Seeger tells it like it is

Inspirational Quotes

I don’t like the sound of all those lists he’s making – it’s like taking too many notes at school; you feel you’ve achieved something when you haven’t.
            — Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle, 1948

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

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
            — W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1943

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
            — Margaret Mead

It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn’t match what you dreamed it would be.
            — Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-04

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
            — Benjamin Franklin

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won’t be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.
            — Pearl Bailey

What you are is a question only you can answer.
            — Lois McMaster Bujold, The Warrior’s Apprentice, 1986

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
            — Joan Didion, "Slouching Towards Bethlehem"

Urban Dictionary

 

YouTube Loop 

When you go to watch a quick 30 second video on YouTube and regain consciousness hours later having jumped from interesting video to interesting video.
Similar to a wikipedian loop or ‘WikiComa’

Clarence: "Dude, you totally missed the funeral yesterday!!"
T-dawg: "Yeah I know; somebody emailed me a funny clip and I got stuck in a YouTube loop…"