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: 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…"