Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vacation Cat Pics 1

I’m on vacation! So here are pictures of a cute kitten to occupy your time.

If there’s a container of some sort, then Peaches has to go in it. Laundry baskets, purses, bowls. If it doesn’t have one piece of orange cat hair, then something’s wrong.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Language of Confusion: …And Cold

This is kind of the sequel to last week. Because tomorrow is my birthday and I don’t feel like thinking too hard. Also this is my 1,100th post. Kind of impressive.

Anyway!

Cold
Cold comes from the Old English cald/ceald, which just means having a low temperature. Or, you know, cold. Ceald is also pronounced with the ch sound, believe it or not, so it used to be chald. Put that with how hot used to have a K and we could have been saying things completely differently. Now, before it was chald, it was the Proto Germanic kaldaz, and that’s where things get muddy. It might be from another Proto Germanic word, kal-/kol-, which in turn comes from the Proto Indo European gel-/gol-. Which, for the record, is in fact where gel and gelatin comes from. But then again kaldaz could be from some random word that got lost to history. We don’t really know for sure.

Cool
Cool comes from the Old English col, which is just cool (and evidently is pronounced with a hard K) It comes from the Proto Germanic koluz, which unlike kaldaz is more assuredly from gel-/gol-. Who knows why it’s so definite for one but the other, which seems like it has to be related, is up in the air. Uh…goblins? Yeah, let’s go with goblins.

Chill
Chill comes from the Old English cele, coldness. Once again, while there isn’t an H there, it is in fact pronounced with the ch sound. It’s also from the Proto Germanic kal-, yet while cold switched back to the K sound, chill didn’t. Ugh, languages sometimes.

Freeze
Freeze originally showed up as freese or friese. It comes from the Middle English fresen and Old English freosan. Which means, you know, freeze. Before that it was the Proto Germanic freusan, freeze, and freus. It has a Proto Indo European equivalent in preus, which means that they’re similar, but not necessarily related. Because you don’t want things making too much sense.

TL;DR: Three cold words come from the same word as gel. And then there’s freeze.

Sources
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Questionnaire

Only three days until my birthday. Man, if you thought last week was phoned in, wait until you see this.

I stumbled across another questionnaire, this one about your personality traits, and figured why not? I sure don’t have any better ideas.

It has a variety of questions, like which picture do you like better, things you want in a relationship, things you prefer. At the end, it tells you what three traits are (supposedly) part of your personality. I got rationality, shyness, and aggression. The first two, yeah, definitely, but I wouldn’t say aggression is a big part of my personality. At least, not compared to the rest of my family. Hell, I’m the nice one.

Of course, I doubt this thing is any more accurate than that color one. Still, it’s interesting when your perception of yourself is challenged. If you took it, what did it tell you? What do you do when something (or someone) tells you something about yourself that you don’t agree with?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Free

Ever had this happen to you?


And don’t blame me for not looking carefully enough! They should put it in big, giant letters! And far, far away from the good-tasting popsicles!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Language of Confusion: Hot…

Today, we’re looking at a bunch of words that mean things for hot. Because I’m still dreaming of my vacation and don’t really want to put much thought into anything.

Just eight days left, people.

Hot
Hot comes from the Old English hat, which is just hot and not something you put on your head. Earlier, it’s the Proto Germanic haita and even earlier the Proto Indo European kai-, heat. And yeah, that’s where heat comes from, too. No word on why we had to get rid of the K, but it’s probably for the best. Can you imagine if hot and cold both started with the same sound? That…actually sounds like something that would happen.

Warm
Warm can be both a verb and an adjective, and although the two are related, they come from slightly different places. The adjective is from the Old English wearm, (same meaning as ours) while the verb is from wyrman (also just warm), and over the years they just turned into the same word. But as to where they came from before, no one knows for sure. It might be from the Proto Indo European gwher-, which means heat or warm and is the source of those words in several other languages, or it could be from the Old Church Slavonic (the ancestor of Slavic languages, like Russian) goriti, which also turned into several different heat related words. Or it could be from something else entirely because sometimes no one knows anything about anything.

Burn
Burn actually has a date on it, having showed up in the twelfth century. Before it was burn, it was the Old English bryne—yes, the r came first! Bryne actually comes from three distinct words, baernan (to kindle) and beornan (on fire) from Old English and the Old Norse brenna, to burn. I guess when you have three words with similar meanings and spellings, you might as well mash them together. All those words actually come from the Proto Germanic brennan/brannjan, which in turn comes from the Proto Indo European ghwer-. So burn comes from the word for heat/warm, but not warm? What the hell…

Anyway, that’s it for today. More etymology next week! I can tell you’re excited.

Sources
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

From The Spamfiles

Did we just have a visit from the Spamfiles or does it just feel that way? Whatever. I have a week and a half left before my vacation and I am totally checked out already.

Huh, I don’t remember sending this to myself…

The emojis in this one just confused me. The people holding hands and the hearts I get, but what the hell is that last thing? Because the only thing I think it looks like is a bustier which just…seems weird, even for spam.

I honestly, one hundred percent believe that the government is stupid enough to be overrun by flashlights.

Okay, it starts by saying that he’s part of the UN “Inspection Unit”, which doesn’t exist, in an Atlanta Airport, where the UN isn’t located. For crying out loud, do you know how easy it is to google information about the UN? Seriously, we need to find out where these spammers are from so we can start some kind of education program because whatever they have isn’t working.

…I really have no idea what this one is going for and I’m a little scared to find out.

And that’s the best of the spam from this past month! What about you? Come across any stupidly amusing spam?