It’s been one of those days. I gave my talk at #ssa2011, and unfortunately…my flash drive turned out to be unreadable on all of the machines there, so I had to do it without any visual aids. I ended up at several points waving at a blank screen and asking everyone to imagine what was up there. Oh well.
Now here, something much more interesting than any ol’ cat; charming friendly cooperative vampire bats.
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David MarjanoviÄ says
Prettiest pile of pure pwnage I’ve seen in years! It’s on the Hedges/Harris thread. Jadehawk, you can come back there :-)
Different people are differently sensitive.
Oh no, not Zwicky. Somebody who doesn’t work on English.
:-( :-( :-(
I feel so stupid. :-)
I have such shoes now, simply because they were the only ones that were about wide enough in front and weren’t outrageously expensive. They’re marketed as having “negative heels”.
The sole is thin and hard. Walking reasonable lengths in those shoes hurts, and to run I basically have to assume a digitigrade posture, taking my heels off the ground and running on the toes alone.
Isn’t it strictly anaerobic, so it basically doesn’t occur in any place that has any air in it?
:-) :-) :-)
You know, this trend of dysphemism was so strong it extended into German. Outside of poetry, the German word for “head” isn’t Haupt anymore, it’s Kopf, which is from Latin cuppa… that’s where English cup comes from.
Haupt- has survived as a prefix that means “main”. Similarly, caput has survived in Romance languages in abstract meanings, Italian capo and French chef both meaning “boss”.