Tuesday, January 17, 2017

From The Spamfiles

First spam post of the new year! Let’s see how many squares from the Spam Bingo game we can cross off!

It’s been so long since I’ve gotten one of these spam messages with the random sentences. I just love how nonsensical they are. “Please matt shook his attention on them”. “Either way Sylvia leaned forward”. What do they mean? No one knows. But it does count for the Nonsensical category in Spam Bingo.

Honestly, it enrages me that they have an apostrophe in the word “says”. These people are monsters and need to be destroyed. Also it’s an ED one, so that’s another hit for Spam Bingo.

I think I must be a bad mom/wife. I didn’t know I had children or a husband.

This offer is brought to you by Mistigraph Dynalaborer! I think that’s a hit for the Ridiculous Name category.

Solve your tax problems with fancy fonts!

More than two emojis! That’s another one for the Spam Bingo!

Not a bad haul!

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Lately, weird things have been happening to me. They’re not totally awful. They’re almost the opposite.

I’m not used to things going well.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Language of Confusion: Wasted

We’re looking at waste plus a special bonus of the word waist because they sound alike and that bothers me.

Waste showed up in the early thirteenth century, both as a verb which meant to ravage or ruin and a noun that meant desolation. Both words are from Anglo French and Old North French, with the nouns version being wast and the verb waster because French at least differentiates verbs and nouns. Both words can be traced to the classical Latin vastare, to devastate. You might be thinking that’s the origin word for vast. And it is! But it’s also related to the origin word for vain, of all things (because the vain origin word means empty, like something vast or wastelands). But that’s not the end of the weirdness. There’s an Old English version of the word, westan, which is Germanic and origin. That’s probably related to vastare, but it’s not where we Modern English speakers get our waste from. That would make too much sense.

Waist on the other hand showed up in the late fourteenth century meaning both the middle of the body and a garment that you wore on your waist. It’s thought to come from the Old English waest, growth, based on the thought that a waist is “where the body grows”. Look, I’m just telling you what I read. Waest comes from the Proto Germanic wahs-tu-, which is related to wahsan, the origin word for wax—not candle wax, like the moon waxes. Also, wahs-tu- comes from the Proto Indo European wegs-, which is from aug-, to increase. The origin word for augment.

What the hell universe am I in?

Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Goals

It’s time to make some goals for the month. Well, technically the first day of the month would have been the time and it’s now the tenth. But there’s a one in there so it counts. First let’s see how I did on last month’s goals.

December Goals
1. Do 10,000 more words in the WIP. If I was able to do it last month, I better be able to do it now.
Well, I did it! Again! Somehow!

2. Maybe update my blog design. It’s been YEARS.
I almost forgot, but I did it! It’s not too bad, either.

3. Christmas. AAAAAAAAAAGH.
Well, Christmas itself wasn’t too bad, although it kind of sucked considering that another uncle died two days before.

I think the most important thing is that 2016 is dead and it can’t come back. Now for this month…

January Goals
1. 10K more. Keep up the pace!

2. Update my etymology page again. I don’t want it to get out of hand!

3. Do all the stupid adult crap I have to do. I hate being an adult.

So that’s what I have planned. What are you up to now that you’ve escaped 2016?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Secret Origins: 3

What better way to start off the new year than with the history of a number?

Shut up. It’s fun.

As a word, three comes from the Old English Þreo/Þri/Þrie and since Þ is just “th”, that makes them threo, thri, and thrie. Why so many? Because of course we had to have a feminine version and two different masculine versions. Anyway, all those versions of three come from the Proto Germanic thrijiz, and even earlier the Proto Indo European trei-. So this word really hasn’t changed that much.

The symbol of course has its own story. All the numerals we use in the English language originated in India before Arabic countries picked them up and then spread them through the European countries that we get our language from. 3 itself has changed over the centuries, sometimes jagged, other times written on its side with a huge tail. Basically, there were a lot of different versions of 3 over the years, and for some reason one stuck around when the others didn’t. Because that’s always how it is.

Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Resolutions 2017

Well, it’s 2017. It has a pretty low bar set for it. Not turning into the world from The Hunger Games is pretty much all that needs to happen. Those of you with kids might want to start training them just in case.

Anyway, this is what I hope to do this year:

Resolutions 2017
1. Finish the first draft of my new WIP and hopefully start editing it.

2. Come up with an idea for a new story that I probably won’t have time to write but still want anyway.

3. Do the A-To-Z Challenge for the fourth time! Probably should get started on those posts. CANCELLED. I did not realize that one of the creators was a member of the rabid racist camp.

4. Build a rocket ship and move to Mars because I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

5. Find a new project to work on in my spare time. You know, something easy that I can work on when I’m too tired to write.

6. Maybe don’t forget any of my resolutions this year :P.

7. Keep on blogging!

I don’t know what to expect from this year. There are plenty of things I’d like to do, but who knows if I’ll be able to. What do you want from 2017? I mean besides it not being as bad as 2016. That’s a given.