tablesaw: Run Away (to the ocean, to the country, to the mountains . . .) (Runaway)
Top Five Linguistic Misconceptions (from [personal profile] yhlee)
  • The "passive voice" is evil. (This is particularly annoying among the lawyers who usually have extremely good reasons for using the passive voice.)
  • "They" can't be used as a singular pronoun.
  • It's possible to not have an accent.
  • Accents or dialects (like African American Vernacular American English) indicate laziness and low intelligence.
  • Languages other than English are a threat to the United States.
Top Five Quotes from John Hughes Movies (from [personal profile] lqc)
  • Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.
  • Why are we wearing bras on our heads?
  • Keep the change ya filthy animal!
  • This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun.
  • I don't have to runaway and live in the street. I can runaway and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, I can go to the mountains. I could go to Israel, Africa, Afghanistan.
Top Five Delightful Anagrams (from [personal profile] chris)
  • 6 4
  • 5 5
  • 3-3 4
  • 3 4 3
  • 3 4 (3)
Top Five Things to Do on a Rainy Day (from [personal profile] dine)
  • Lie in bed, tight under covers, listening to the rain outside.
  • Start a jigsaw puzzle in the grey light from the windows, moving lamps to the table as the day passes.
  • Read a book you loved when you were a child.
  • Order in, and tip heavily.
  • Walk outside barefoot, soaking the hems of your jeans.
Top Five Culinary Spices (from [personal profile] elusis)
  • Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • Goya Adobo con Pimienta
  • Chocolate Mint (peppermint cultivar)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sage picked wild in the Santa Monica Mountains

The poll is still open, and you should be able to fill it out using an Open ID (like your LiveJournal account).

Poll #964 Top Five! More Dead Than Alive!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Suggest a Top Five list for Tablesaw:

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And now it's time for everyone's favorite game: Internet Headline or Random Nouns?
Crash Mars Iran Quake Rescue Bid
(pointed out by [ profile] jrw)

Also, I am claiming creation of the words "philosotheory" and "commassacre". A commassacre is a flood or drought of punctuation that completely kills the meaning of a printed text. I don't know what the other one means, but it's mine. MINE!
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Two days ago, I put up a poll to look at differences between British English ("BrE") and American English ("AmE"). My Thoughts . . . )

If you have any thoughts or insights on the questions, the answers, or the poll results, feel free to post them. I'm certainly interested in them.

FriNYTX: 26.
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The following poll was inspired by some conversation on [ profile] ifmud about questions on the Cambridge exam for the Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Please don't look at the answers of others before you submit your own. Also, do not use any references. if you don't know an answer, just make your best guess or write "I don't know" as appropriate.

[Poll #299625]
tablesaw: "The Accurate Tablesaw" (Accurate)
So, one of my coworkers just tried to send out an e-mail. The settings for Outlook causes a spell-checker to run when a message is sent. This time, a misspelling of the word "inconvenience" was flagged. However, the coworker accidentally accepted the first suggestion, and the e-mail was sent before she could change it.

The message was sent out with the final sentence:
Thank you and I apologize in advance if this causes you any incontinence.
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"All Facilities Charges anal Bonded Fees . . ."


Apr. 10th, 2004 05:40 am
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I believe there is an error in today's New York Times crossword puzzle. My amended clue is below the cut, if you consider this a spoiler.

Emended )
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Which of these sounds more natural to you:
[Poll #273176]


Feb. 18th, 2004 07:48 am
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As you may know, I am a proofreader at a law firm.

Proof that I deserve a raise. [Linked changed 4/3/11. Original link was]


Feb. 7th, 2004 02:13 am
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I'm spending some quiet time at the office reading the Questions and Answers at the website of The Chicago Manual of Style. (Note to self: convince supervisor to buy latest edition.) I'm currently very amused by the example for punctuating a multiple choice question:

Blade Runner’s Rick Deckard was, without a doubt,

(a) a replicant
(b) Sam Spade reincarnated
(c) an ordinary human being
(d) an enigma

SatNYTX: 14:30. Used the time to scare my boss.
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In response to some questions about Tablesaw's Christmas Trivia Bonanza, I've made a few clarifying changes to the questions.

Question 1: On the NCAA website, bowls are listed without their sponsors (e.g., the Orange Bowl is listed as "Orange Bowl", not as "FedEx Orange Bowl." However, there are instances where the entire bowl name is the sponsor; in these cases, it is listed on the NCAA website as such (as in the fictional " Bowl").

Question 6: The Eleventh Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has an additional entry with the word "Christmastime" in its definition and an additional entry with "Christmastide" in its definition. These entries will also be accepted, bringing the total of acceptable answers to twenty.

Question 7: The name that appears twice in the genealogy can only be used as an answer once.

Players who have already sent in answer sheets will not be negatively affected by these changes.
tablesaw: "Tablesaw Techniques" (Techniques)
There's a puzzle party today. I was supposed to bring a puzzle by [ profile] thedan, but I screwed up and will have to postpone it until next time. Puzzling kind of sank into the background recently, and I didn't remember about it until someone reminded me of cooking. No, the thought process didn't make sense. Still, a Hail Mary pass trying to get it finished was incomplete, so I'm putting together a game of Dictionary Race. Not the most thrilling game, but it can have its moments, and I've wanted to run a game of it at a party for a while. It isn't the most newbie-friendly, but I think that most of the crowd will get into it. I'm also making an effort not to choose categories that don't give an advantage to those with expansive vocabularies.

And speaking of games, a piece of news that has started circling around is that USC is going to be offering a minor in "video game development and production". It was mentioned yesterday in Steve Harvey's "Only in LA" column, and will probably pop up a few other places over the weekend. (You may not have read Mr. Harvey's particular column, but you've seen ones like it. It lives on readers' photos of ads that say things like: "As Advertised: Carnivorous Pants! Watch 'em swallow bugs. Ugh!" (actual quote)). Regardless, I recommend a more incisive and less press-releasey article (the first of four parts): "Hard Sells," written by someone within the program. If you're interested in how video games are interacting with academe, it's a must-read.

And when it comes to reading about video games in general, more and more often, I head to insert credit. Their updates skew a bit more towards "hard-core" gaming, which is not something I'm particularly into, but which makes for a more interesting read. More importantly, they have a bizarre and talented staff of contributors that regularly turns out unique reviews and features. I would also recommend "life, non-warp," a beautiful essay that calls itself "a memoir of Super Mario Bros. 3."

Not speaking of games, I was a part of an interesting exchange on [ profile] yuki_onna's journal. Read it yourself, and form your own opinions.

SatNYTX: 13:00.
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  • I believe that the Bar exam should require that a prospective attorney understand the difference between tortious and tortuous. I mean, come on! Twice in two days?
  • I did finish the cryptic I was working on, now I need to figure out how to format it before the contest tomorrow.
  • Speaking of the contest, I should probably get in a little bit more training, just in case.
  • I'm having a barbecue on Monday. If I didn't send you an email it's because you're not in my city or I didn't have your email address in my book when I looked. If you want to come, let me know.
  • This space intentionally left blank

FriNYTX: 100 minutes. I think I forgot to turn off the timer when I finished.
tablesaw: "The Accurate Tablesaw" (Accurate)
Wow. It was just pointed out by [ profile] tahnan on the NPL mailing list that the definition of marriage has changed in the new edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Since I don't expect the readers of this journal to have two copies on hand for comparison (as the readers of that list likely do), here are the relevant texts:

From Merriam-Webster's Tenth Edition [link removed, 10th ed. is no longer online, 10/26/10]:
mar riage 1 a : the state of being married b : the mutual relation of husband and wife : WEDLOCK c : the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family
And the Eleventh Edition [link changed, 10/26/10]:
mar riage 1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage {same-sex marriage} b : the mutual relation of married persons : WEDLOCK c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
And everyone wonders why I tell them to have an up-to-date dictionary.
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As you may well know, I read legal documents for a living. Most of them are very dry and are enlivened only by the varying degrees of grammatical and typographical incompetence exhibited by their authors. In the past few days, though, I've found links to two very entertaining orders, both from judges. Maybe I should work for a judge.
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[Poll #139878]
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During intermission, I realized that the show was going to run later than I had anticipated, and I walked out of the theater to get some fresh air and find a phone. In the lobby, I saw Aimee Mann, looking . . . well, Mannish, I suppose. I also happened to get spotted by [ profile] wintercolours who was not attending the show, but was passing out flyers for a Common Rotation concert. I called work, let them know I'd be tardy (I was to be thirty minutes late), and headed back for the second act.

Act II: Wherein, John & John pretend that they've written a new song called  )

I enjoyed the show, and I'm glad Father did as well. I drove to work with visions of fingertips dancing in my head (which made it look like the poster for M*A*S*H was doing a can-can line, really). I am a little worried about [ profile] wjukknibs not showing up, though. I hope he's all right.

[Editor's note: Apparently, LJ spellcheck recognizes "deja" as a word, but not "vu." That's so vury helpful.]


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