Saturday, February 24, 2018


Has anyone ever used a warranty ever?
Seriously, the notifications keep popping up. I don’t know how to get them to stop.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Language of Confusion: Legs Part VII

It feels like I’ve been doing this series all year.

First up today, legal. It showed up in the mid fifteenth century from the Old French legal and classical Latin legalis, which is just legal. It’s from the word lex, which means law and is the origin word for legitimate as well as loyal (loyal and legal can be compared, spelling wise, to royal and regal). Now, you might bet thinking that lex is related to lexicon, and it is, but not as much as you might think. Like I mentioned several weeks ago, lexicon comes from Greek, but legalis is only from (probably) the Latin verb legere, which has also popped up in this series as the verb to read. And legere is from the Proto Indo European leg-, collect or gather, which is also where lexicon and all the other leg words originate.

Religion is also in the leg family. Well, maybe. It showed up in the thirteenth century with pretty much the same meaning as today, coming from the Old French religion and classical Latin religionem, religion or reverence for the gods. It’s thought to be from the word relegere, reread, which is literally re- (again) and legere, (to read). However there’s another theory, that religion actually comes from the same place as the word rely, which has nothing to do with the leg- words at all!

Privilege showed up in the mid twelfth century from the Old French privilege and classical Latin privilegium, privilege. No great surprises here. It’s actually a mix of the earlier mentioned lex and the word privus, individual, and the origin word for private. A private law… is a privilege.

Next, diligence showed up in the mid fourteenth century from the Old French diligence and classical Latin diligentia, diligence. Boy, I’m getting repetitive today. But diligentia is from diligere, single out, value highly… or love. The di- comes from dis-, apart, and legere means choose or gather here (instead of read). Gather apart to love to attentiveness. We’re getting some weird ones today.

Finally, to finish off the leg words once and for all… we have coil. Seriously. It showed up in the early seventeenth century from the Middle French coillir, to gather or pick, and classical Latin colligere, gathering. A word I actually mentioned when I did the post on collect. And like I said then, it’s a mix of the prefix com, together, and legere, to gather. I don’t know why it transformed into something spiraled together, but I do know that that didn’t happen until 1798! Can you believe it?

Anyway, we’re done!!! Woo!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spamfiles Classics

Time for another spam post! But since my spam filter has been working really well lately and I don’t have any amusing fresh ones for you, I’m going to mine my archives for some. I mean, I’ve got, like, two thousand. You probably haven’t seen these before. And if you have it’s been five years.

Wow. I’ve been doing this for way too long.

Perfumes help a lot with emphasis.

I think they’re insulting my writing, which is pretty damn offensive considering that their method of communication seems to be copy and pasting words from the dictionary.

Luckily making sense is not a requirement for making a lot of money! It explains a lot about the world, really.

I can safely say that no, I do not look like a blank spam message.

I know that supposedly the reason they write so incoherently is because that anyone who ignores it is an easy target. But come on. There has to be a limit. People can’t be seeing “God bless you as you listening to the voice of reasoning” and thinking “Hm! Looks legit!” Right?


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bowled Over

Veronica is almost sixteen! That’s an old kitty. And it seems to be better for her digestion if she eats food formulated for old cats. However…
Peaches doesn’t want food. She wants other cats’ food.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Language of Confusion: Legs Part VI

Oh man. How many more are there?

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention to this series that logic is related. It showed up in the mid fourteenth century as, and I’m not making this up, logike. Does that make anyone else think of a bike made out of logs or is it just me? It comes from the Old French logique, classical Latin logica and Greek logike, both of which are logic. And I guess kind of explains the initial English spelling, although in Greek it obviously would be spelled with Greek characters. But logike is from logikos, reasonable or logical, which is from logos, reason.

Now colleague. It showed up in the mid sixteenth century from the Middle French coll├Ęgue and before that the classical Latin collega, a colleague or office partner. It’s a mix of the prefix com- (they dropped the m here), together, and legare, which means revenues. Totally serious. I guess a colleague is someone you get revenues with? And legare is related to legere, which is where the -lect words come from, and both stem from the Proto Indo European root word leg-, collect or gather. You can also look at college, which is a very similar word. It showed up in the late fourteenth century from the Old French college and classical Latin collegium, which was a college and the plural of collega! So a college is many office partners. Oh, and you might be thinking that the word league is related seeing how it’s spelled the same as the last six letters of colleague. And you’d be completely and totally wrong.

Legend showed up in the early fourteenth century from the Old French legend and Medieval Latin  legenda, which all mean legend, too. In classical Latin, the word is legendus, which means read and is related to legere, which can mean read or collect. There’s also legion, which showed up in the thirteenth century from the Old French legion and Latin legionem. And there hasn’t actually been a change in definition over the years. Legionem is from the “collect” definition of legere, and a legion is a collection of soldiers.

That’s it for this week. One more week to go? I think?


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Just A Game

Got another game for you today because I’d rather go write than think up a real post.

The fact that the name insists “It’s Just TIC TAC TOE” is what made me check it outIt is an ordinary game. It doesn’t even have a very hard to beat AI… at first.

It’s a really short game. I think it took me ten minutes to figure out all the levels. It’s very interesting and creative, and my only real complaint is that it is so short that it leaves me wanting more. I definitely hope to see another game like this someday.

So go take a break and have some fun!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Ever try to clean something only to have it get dirtier? Sometimes there’s a reason.
 It’s easy to clean something when all you have to do is hit delete.