VOCABULARY: YACT = Yet Another Conspiracy Theory

Sunday, April 28, 2019

2019-Apr-28

YACT = Yet Another Conspiracy Theory

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VOCABULARY: OWI (Opining While Ignorant)

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019-Mar-08

Famed economist Murray Rothbard touched on the answer: “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” — Murray Rothbard

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VOCABULARY: finger of honour — doigt d’honneur in French

Saturday, March 31, 2018

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/03/24/weekend-links-95/

French driver faces jail time for “disrespecting” a speed camera. Hint: He disrespected in the classic way, which I now learn the French call the “digit of honor.” Must adopt that phrase.

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https://www.thelocal.fr/20180322/french-motorist-gets-jail-time-for-giving-the-finger-to-speed-cameras

French driver faces prison for giving middle finger to speed cameras
The Local
news.france@thelocal.com
@thelocalfrance
22 March 2018
10:49 CET+01:00

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A 46-year-old motorist in the Loire department of central France has been warned he faces two to four months in jail after sticking his middle finger up to two speed cameras back in May 2015.

However while the driver accepted that he was speeding and paid his fines, he denied giving the one-finger salute, known as the doigt d’honneur in French (finger of honour), to two speed cameras at Saint-Forgeux-Lespinasse and Bessay-sur-Allier.

“At that moment, I was talking to my girlfriend, and I was upset because she was talking about her ex-boyfriend. The finger was intended for her,” he said. 

The public prosecutor’s office said that even though the driver had already paid his fines for speeding they pressed charges against him for “insulting a person tasked with a public service mission”.

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Laugh!

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VOCABULARY: “FISK” — a point by point refutation

Friday, March 23, 2018

Fisk | Define Fisk at Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/fisk

/fɪsk/ verb. (slang) to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point. C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles. Word Origin and History for Fisk.

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VOCABULARY: “backronym” — the word was picked first, then an acronym written to fit it

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

http://www.rd.com/culture/common-acronyms/

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The USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (seriously). Linguists call this a “backronym”—the word “Patriot” was likely picked first, then an acronym written to fit it.

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VOCABULARY: Fiancé vs. Fiancée?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

http://blog.dictionary.com/fiance-vs-fiancee/

Fiancé vs. Fiancée
June 24, 2015 by: Dictionary.com

Much debate and change surrounds the terms fiancé and fiancée in the recent past. English speakers borrowed these gendered terms from the French in the mid-19th century, importing both the masculine (fiancé) and feminine (fiancée). This term ultimately derives from Latin, fidare literally meaning “to trust,” combined with the suffix -ance, which is used to form nouns from existing verbs.

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I became aware of this “controversy” when I tried to put “fiancée” in the “accented words” folder of my TextExpander utility. It wouldn’t even let me make my own. Hence I investigate this “error”.

So I am a “fiancé” and AMH is my “fiancée”.

Laugh!

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VOCABULARY: “MEMCON”

Saturday, July 8, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorandum_of_conversation

I found this in “Bugle Blast”. Never heard of it before. I’d call it CYA.

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