It’s the last Thursday
of the year, and as always I’m looking at words in a slightly different
fashion. This year: words that I will never know how to spell. Come on, it’s in
the post title.
Heads up: having
French genes does not make you able to spell French words (I guess linguistics
can’t be passed down that way). Also, why the hell is this word so freaking
hard to get right?! Seriously, what is with French and letters? “Let’s throw an
O in there!” “Shall we pronounce it?” “No, what are you, crazy?”
I think it’s the
S and the C in this one that really screw me up. This is why I hate the letter
C. It’s so pointless. It’s designed to make you not know how to use it. Is it
pronounced? Silent? A K sound? An S? A ch?
I suppose that
this might be embarrassing to admit, but I always forget either the L or the F.
It’s all those consonants in a row! Sometimes it seems like the F isn’t even vocalized,
and I know there’s a linguistic word for that although I can’t think of it off
the top of my head and don’t feel like looking it up.
I am just always
convinced there’s an A in there somewhere. Secretary uses the same vowel
pronunciations but has an A in the end. Why not cemetary? I mean cemetery. I
just did it again. Not making this up. I totally spelled it wrong in my post
about spelling it wrong as I’m looking at the correct spelling of the word.
I never remember
that there are two N’s. Or sometimes I spell it with the two N’s, but only one
L. I will never, ever get it right on the first try unless I look it up.
So that’s all I
can think of, but what about you? What words do you never get right?
It’s Christmas, but it’s also the
last Tuesday of the year and obviously
it’s more important for me to stick to my schedule than put up a filler post. I
mean, have you met me? Sticking to schedules is what I do.
If this year was any rougher I’d be
in court pointing to where it hurt me on a doll. Saying it was better than last
year is like saying being stabbed is better than being shot. I’d rather not
Anyway, this is what I had planned
for the year:
1. Figure out
some way to better keep track of my goals and resolutions. I used to use a
sticky note on my desktop, but I hate it looking cluttered…
I went back to the sticky note. I guess it’s not the worst.
It does help me remember what I should be doing.
2. Write a new
I’m more than halfway done with the first draft, so it’s
finish a book this year!
I didn’t, although not for lack of trying. I worked really
hard to get it to the point where it could have beta readers, and there are
still a million things I have to do with it!
4. Once again,
try to eat better. Cut back on sugar, and whatnot.
Takeover/destroy the world. Which it’ll be will probably depend on my mood.
It’s probably a good thing for people that I’m too lazy to
get off my ass and do this, because it definitely would have been destroy.
something fun to do in my spare time. I need more fun. We all need more fun.
Meh, kind of. I bought new games to play. That counts.
something every day. Well, at least this will be easy.
Pretty close to it, yeah.
I guess it was a
successful year in terms of writing, but that’s where it ends. What a nightmare
2018 has been. Wake me when the revolution begins because I’m going to go sleep
Have a nice holiday! Or Tuesday, if that’s what you’re celebrating.
This will probably be the last real
etymology post of the year. Enjoy it!
Pie showed up in the mid fourteenth century, or maybe even
older than that because in the twelfth century there was a thing called a piehus that meant bakery. It comes from
Latinpie, which was meat or fish
enclosed in a pastry instead of delicious baked fruit. It might be related to
the Medieval Latin pia, which meant
pie or pastry, but you know how words can be weirdly not related at times. It
also might be related to pica, which
means… magpie. Which was once just called pie in English. So that answers that question that no one thought to ask.
Cookie showed up in the early eighteenth century from Scottish, but back then it meant a plain bun and it’s not actually sure
that it’s related to what we know as a cookie. It wasn’t that until 1808, and
that was actually taken from the Dutch koekje,
little cake, which is from koke, their
word for cake. Speaking of which…
Pudding showed up in the fourteenth century meaning,
get this, a kind of sausage. We didn’t use it to mean a pudding like we know it
until 1670, when it started to mean other foods that were “boiled or steamed in
a bag or sack”. Which sounds pretty nasty to me. Pudding might be from the West
Germanic pud-, to swell, or the Old Frenchboudin, sausage, but it’s another one
that no one is really sure about.
Fun fact, in the sixteenth century brownie
meant a “benevolent goblin supposed to haunt old farmhouses in Scotland”. It
wasn’t until 1897 that it actually meant a brownie.
We don’t have a real explanation as to why, but I’m assuming it’s because it’s
Obviously there’s a lot more besides
these, but they’ll have to wait for another time. Go list your favorite delicious
baked good in the comments!
It’s last in the sense that it’s the
last spam posts I put up on my Tumblr, but hopefully not the last ever. I’d
like to find some way to continue it. Mostly because I have just so much more left on my hard drive and
I’d feel really stupid for collecting it if I didn’t at least post it.
Spot the Red Flags!
1. They call me “customer”, when
these places always call you by the name on your account.
2. “…your payment information we
hold on record” sounds off, like they didn’t quite get the translation right.
3. They forgot to capitalize the
name of their company. Even if it was only once, that is suspicious as hell.
4. The most obvious: my Netflix
account is not connected to that email address.
If I’m fed up with fake dating,
somehow I don’t think your website is going to help me.
The secret to managing your blood
sugar: putting spaces between every letter in every sentence.
Honestly, I have the opposite
problem. If I tried this stuff I’d go full yeti.
Look at this totally super real new follower I got on
Twitter! Not a single thing weird about it, from the
series of weird numbers after the name, to the fact that his name is “Gonzalez
Jonathan” instead of “Jonathan Gonzalez”, to the fact that he has “sugar baby” as
the only words in his profile.
It wouldn’t be spam if there wasn’t
at least one cancer widow. Granted, she doesn’t actually say that she has
cancer or that she’s a widow, but the spirit is there.
Honestly, I might be doing this one
because I’m cold. So very cold.
I actually did fire already, but it
was one of the first etymology posts I ever did and focused more on the
difference between fire and fiery and why they’re stupidly spelled so different.
I already explained the spelling thing in my other post, but here’s a
refresher: it wasn’t spelled fire until the thirteenth century at the earliest,
and before that it was spelled fier. For some reason the spelling changed for
that, but not for the adjective version of the word, because words are weird.
Fire comes from the Old Englishfyr, which
was pronounced the same way anyway. Before
that it was the Proto
Germanicfur and Proto Indo Europeanperjos, from the root paewr, which also means fire,
as well as egni-, another word for
fire. Yes, they had two. One was for “inanimate” fire, one was for “animate”
fire. I’m not really sure how you distinguish them, but that’s why we have the
words fire, pyro, and ignite.
But there are other words to look
at. Flame has a completely separate origin, coming from the Middle
Englishflaume (noun) and flaumen (verb). The words are from the Anglo
Frenchflaume/flaumbe or flaumer/flamber, hence the word flambé,
and come from the classical Latin flammula,
from the Proto Indo European bhel-,
shine, flash or burn, and origin of
words like black and bleach and just so many others. Such as blaze, which comes from the Old English
blaese, a flame or blast, from the
Proto Germanic blas, which was taken
from bhel- also.
Maybe you’ve heard about this, maybe
you haven’t. Tumblr was dropped from Apple’s app store for the appearance of
child porn on their website and as a result they decided to ban all adult
content (although in fact this had been brewing for a while, the Apple thing
just prompted them to do it sooner).
While getting rid of child porn is dear god always
a good thing, keep in mind that this website has a TON of users who have been
advocating for child abuse and Tumblr has done nothing—nothing—to stop them. People report them all the time and nothing
happens! No bans, no deletions. But the second Apple snaps its fingers, uh-oh,
better ban all adult content because that will also somehow double their user
base. I’m not making that up. They think that’s how it will work. It’s been
likened to Thanos’s snap in Infinity Wars due to both how arbitrary it hits
people and how ineffective it is in achieving the professed goal.
As someone who has actually been on
Tumblr, I know for a fact that there are a huge amount of porn bots. They’re
like, half my followers. I don’t really care because I’m not stupid enough to
engage them and frankly, they’re spam, and that’s literally what my blog is about. But in Tumblr’s pervious attempt to curb the
porn bots and adult content, literally nothing happened to them. But you know
what does happen? Click here for an example of the posts that get flagged. Yeah. Not porn. Not adult.
And go take a look at Tumblr’s
announcement about what’s no longer going to be allowed after December 17. First
of all, female presenting nipples? So does this mean that if the nipples have mustaches, they’re okay? Or is it
just an excuse to be able to single out trans people easier? Spoiler alert, it’s the latter.
LGBTQA+ people already get flagged for “adult content” all the time so you can
bet this so called algorithm is going to screw them over even more, and this is
especially bad considering that Tumblr was a major place where they connected
and shared with each other. But you know what isn’t banned or restricted on
Tumblr at all? White supremacists. You can’t find any boobs and the chronic pain tag is banned, but want to kill
all POC? Go right ahead.
For the kids, right?
I’m bummed about this. I generally enjoyed my time on there. It kept me
up to date on the freshest of memes. So what’s going to happen to the Spamfiles
after December 17. I don’t know, but I don’t think it’ll be on Tumblr anymore. It
does occasionally mention sex after all. What a sad way to end the year.
I must confess: I don’t actually
like coffee. I think it’s been twenty years since I last had a cup. But then my
mom’s coffee maker broke.
She did order a new one anyway,
which was good because the old one didn’t sound quite right. But she at least
got to have her morning coffee until it got there.
Oh, and that absolutely was her
response when I told her it worked for me. The only difference is that it was
by text, not voice, and definitely wasn’t censored. It’s just easier to convey
that way in comic form.
We’re going on seven months since
the last time I did one of these. How appropriate.
As a word, seven comes from the Old Englishseofon, which in spite of the f was
pronounced pretty much the same way. It
comes from the Proto
Germanicsebum and Proto Indo Europeanseptm, which also meant seven in spite
of the fact that a b and a p are very obviously not a v or an f. No idea why
they changed. They just did, and you can see it in words like September, not to
mention the replacement of the s with an h in the prefix hepta- (you can thank
Greek for that).
As for the numeral, the earliest
version is the Brahmi version,
which actually looks quite similar to our seven. In Hindu it looked a lot more like a 6 lying on its back, and then the Arabic
version is like a v. When the numeral system migrated to Europe, a lot of
different places used different versions of numbers, so it could look like a v
or y a 7 depending on where you were. Which makes sense. It’s not like they
were constantly connected to the internet back then. Places could go years or
decades without interacting with each other. Who would have thought to standardize