Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I really enjoy critical essays like this one on the ways folks are misusing our native language these days. We sometimes forget that our forebears did exactly the same thing. There just weren't as many folks around to criticize the results. And spellings seemed to be even less standardized than they are now.
The wife and I played the very enjoyable word-based card game called "Quiddler" for lunch. We had at hand a very official Scrabble Dictionary (4th Edition) that we use to arbitrate our games. Having a dictionary that is ONLY filled with legal words for our game is so superior to using a standard dictionary and STILL arguing over words that, once we got this one in our hands, we haven't looked back.
So, if all I've said makes sense to you and you enjoy words, playing with words and having FUN with words, PLEASE read the link at the top sentence of this post.
Life can't get much better than THAT, now, can it? Yet someone has come up with the requisite item. You can read about it here.
It reminds me of that old Aggie joke where you hand someone a piece of paper that on both sides says, "Do you know how to keep an Aggie busy? (over)" and watch the ensuing fun (if they have never seen it before).
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The 2010 celebration of this International Day of World Peace has come and by the time I'm typing this text, almost gone.
Tonight, at our house, we watched via TiVo the David Letterman interview with ex-president Clinton the other night about his Clinton Global Initiative. I personally think that if we in this time (all over this place called "Earth") are ever going to dig ourselves out of the whole series of holes we've gotten ourselves into (including the persistent lack of world peace), it will have to be with a whole-world, concerted effort of the sort that this organization supports and urges. The interview on the David Letterman Show makes it almost okay to watch that one show of his.
Parts 1 to 3
As Clinton says in the interview, this may well be his most important post-presidential contribution to the world at large. Only time will tell.