Saturday, October 23, 2021

Overtaken

My mom has had some... concerns lately.
Seriously, there’s a ton of them this year. Better than spiders, I guess.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Language Of Confusion: Mortal Thoughts, Part II

No reduxes on these ones. All brand new. Well, probably. I do random words sometimes and I’m definitely too lazy to double check.
 
There are some weird words related to mer-, the Proto Indo European root word that means to rub away or harm and is the origin for mortal and other death related words. The words we’re looking at this week, however, aren’t death related in the slightest. And maybe not related to mer-, but let’s look at them anyway.
 
First is mortar—both the short cannon, the bowl for grinding, and the building material. The grinding bowl came first in the thirteenth century, shortly followed by building material, and then the cannon in the sixteenth century because it was apparently shaped like a bowl. All the mortars come from the Old French mortier, from the classical Latin mortarium, which just means mortar. It’s not definite, but it’s thought that it descends from mer-, probably in the rub away sense. Which, I mean, I guess makes sense.
 
Next is morsel—really. It also showed up in the late thirteenth century from the Old French morsel, and that’s from the classical Latin morsum, a bite, another word that’s supposedly descended from mer-. Of course it’s possible they aren’t related, but considering how many words are related that don’t make sense, it probably is.
 
With that sense, we go to look at remorse. It showed up in the late fourteenth century from the Old French remors and Medieval Latin remorsum, which literally means a biting back. It’s from the classical Latin remordere, to torment, with re- meaning again and mordere meaning to bite, another word thought to be from mer-. So how did biting back come to mean remorse? Apparently there’s a Medieval Latin phrase remorsus conscientiae, remorse of conscience. If your conscience is biting back at you, you’re feeling remorse. Obviously people wanted to shorten that, so it’s just remorse now.
 
Another word you’ll never expect: nightmare. The word showed up in the fourteenth century meaning an evil female spirit (eyeroll) afflicting men in their sleep with suffocation (major eyeroll). In the mid sixteenth century, it dropped the female spirit part and just meant the sensation of suffocating, and it wasn’t until 1829 that it meant a bad dream. A mare—not the female horse, which is unrelated—was a word for a night goblin or incubus, so basically the same thing as a nightmare. It comes from the Old English mare, nightmare, and Proto Germanic maron, goblin. Now, that word is from the Proto Indo European mora-, incubus, which is thought to be from mer-. Crazy, right?
 
Finally today, we’re looking at smart, which I’m pretty sure I’ve etymologized before, but just have to do it again because it’s so wild that it might be related to all these. Smart showed up sometime around the thirteenth century. Now, there’s a couple of definitions of smart, one meaning a sharp pain and one meaning intelligent, and yes, they are related, as in addition to pain, smart also originally meant something done with vigor or being quick and clever. Smart comes from the Old English smeart, painful or smarting, and that word comes from the Proto Indo European smerd-, pain. And that’s yet another word that people think comes from mer-, but who knows at this point? I suppose we have to blame all this on the fact that not a lot of people recorded where they came up with words. Especially back before there was writing.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
University of Texas at San Antonio’s page on Proto Indo European language
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Old English-English Dictionary
Dictionary of Medieval Latin

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

From The Spamfiles

How are people trying to scam me this week?

That’s an awful lot of exclamation points. They’re really excited about getting my fund to me. I’m sure all I have to do is send them some money for the taxes.

Oh wow. Literally burst out laughing at this one. Yes, that is absolutely what Montezuma II was famed for, that and nothing else.

Frankly, I found it annoying when the name in the email address doesn’t match the name—or address—they say I have to contact to get my money. You seriously expect me to compose a new email and copy paste that address in instead of just hitting reply? What am I, your servant?

Wait, so she’s a Sister, but she’s married??? Or did she become a nun after her husband died? Either way, you should stop saying “I am married” because you’re definitely not anymore.

“Very interesting blog”? Now I know you’ve never even looked at my blog.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Horror

You either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain.

Well, I think it’s horrifying.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Language Of Confusion: Mortal Thoughts, Redux, Part I

Way back during the first Halloween I decided to etymologize words related to mortality because it felt vaguely Halloween related. And now I’m doing it again.
 
Mortal showed up in the late fourteenth century, meaning deadly or destructive to life, coming from the Old French mortel and classical Latin mortalis, which is just mortal. It’s from the Proto Indo European root mer-, to rub away or harm, the origin of a bunch of other words, some of which are related to death, some of which are not. That’s the reason this is going to be multiple parts. There are some weird ones in here we definitely need to look at.
 
Mortify showed up in the late fourteenth century as mortifien, to kill or destroy the life of. Yeah. In the fifteenth century, it took on a religious sense of “subdue the flesh by abstinence and discipline” (yikes), and then by the seventeenth century it started to mean humiliate. Which… I can kind of see that evolution. Anyway, it comes from the Late Latin mortificare, put to death, from the classical Latin mors, death, and that’s from mer-. Mortify—embarrassed to death!
 
Morbid showed up in the mid seventeenth century meaning the nature of a disease, then referring to mental states in the mid nineteenth century. It comes from the classical Latin morbus, disease, and that is thought to be from mori, to die, which is from mer-.
 
Murder is unsurprisingly old, having shown up in the fourteenth century. It comes from the Old English morรพor, great sin or crime. That’s from the Proto Germanic murthran, which is from mer-, meaning murder came to English through its Germanic family instead of its Latin one. How appropriate.
 
Now we’re going to look at a word that I didn’t do last time, probably out of laziness. Mortuary showed up in the late fourteenth century, but back then it meant a gift to a minister on the death of a parishioner. It then meant a funeral service in the mid fifteenth century, and then by 1865 a place where the dead were kept, because that was fancier than what they used to call it: deadhouse. Mortuary comes to us from the Anglo French mortuarie, Medieval Latin mortuarium, from the Late Latin mortuaries, and classical Latin mortuus, dead, and that’s from mori, which is from mer-. Seriously, they paid the minister? I mean, I get it if it’s to pay for the funeral. They’re not just giving the priest money because someone died, right?
 
Finally today, the word I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to see: mortgage. It showed up in the late fourteenth century, although back then it was just morgage because we never pronounce the T anyway. It’s from the Old French mortgage, which literally meant “dead pledge”. The mort- is from mori, while the -gage is from wage. Never has a word felt more accurate.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
University of Texas at San Antonio’s page on Proto Indo European language
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Old English-English Dictionary
Dictionary of Medieval Latin
Orbis Latinus

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

From The Spamfiles

Let’s see how people have tried to scam me this week…

Now, she doesn’t say she’s a widow, but she does have cancer and wants to give me her money. As well as her body to science “as an offering to humanity”. Yeah, sure, good idea.

My unread message from Contact says they’re waiting for my answer about their party. That’s how you know it’s not for me, because no one I know would ever think I’d want to go to a party, crazy or otherwise.

If this message is in your spam folder, it’s because of your ISP, not because this is an obvious scam, beneficiary.

I love it when I get messages for accounts I don’t have from email addresses that have nothing to do with the place supposedly contacting me. Bonus points for saying my account ends in all X’s. That’s super legit.
 
Another new follower. I’ve got to say, the staring at the wall away from the camera is vaguely creepy. Makes me think the Blair Witch is going to jump out at me or something.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Shouldn’t Have Asked

This is why people don’t ask me questions. You’d think my mom would have learned that by now. She’s lucky I didn’t go back further. Comics have story lines more ridiculous and complicated than soap operas.
What do you mean none of this is necessary for watching the movie? I don’t see how that could possibly be relevant.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Language Of Confusion: Grimy Words

I have no scary etymologies left. I guess grime is kind of scary, especially in a post-pandemic world.
 
Grime
Grime showed up in the late sixteenth century, but no one really knows where it came from. It might be from the Middle English grim, dirt or filth, which makes sense, although you know how these etymologies are. You might think it was related to grim in some way, but as far as I can tell, no, not at all. The Middle English grim comes from the Middle Low German greme and Proto Germanic grim-, to smear, which is from the Proto Indo European ghrei-, to rub, which is not where our grim comes from.
 
Scum
Scum showed up in the early fourteenth century, coming to us from the Middle Dutch schume, foam. Middle Dutch! Now that’s a language we don’t see here much. It’s another Germanic language, though, which is why schume comes from the Proto Germanic skuma-, which might be from the Proto Indo European skeu-, cover or conceal.
 
Grunge
Now this one is really recent, having only shown up in 1965 as slang, the music/fashion use of the word not coming until 1989. It’s definitely related to grungy and probably formed from it, though they came into existence in the same year. Grungy is thought to be a mashup of the words grubby and dingy, which makes sense, and also makes me wonder how many other words with uncertain origins may just be two other words smashed together.
 
Grubby
Since we already mentioned grubby, we might as well look at it. Itshowed up meaning stunted in the seventeenth century, infested with grubs in the eighteenth century, then dirty (specifically a dirty child) in 1845, and it is indeed related to the word grub. Now grub, as in the insect, showed up in the fifteenth century, but it was also a verb that meant to dig in the ground (probably where the insect definition came from), and that word showed up in the fourteenth century. It’s from the Old English grybban/grubbian, and before that the West Germanic grubbjan, and earlier the Proto Indo European ghrebh-, to dig, which happens to be the origin word for grave.
 
Dingy
And to finish things off, dingy. It showed up fairly recently, in 1736, in the Kentish dialect of English. It’s another word where the origin is uncertain, though it might be related to dung. And it used to be a derogatory word for people of color in the mid nineteenth century, because of course it was.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
University of Texas at San Antonio’s page on Proto Indo European language
University of Texas at Arlington
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Old English-English Dictionary
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
History Of The Dutch Language

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

October Goals

Oh wow, October already. This year is going by way too fast. Wasn’t it March yesterday? It feels like it was. I don’t even remember what I was supposed to be working on last month, so you can assume I probably didn’t do it.
 
September Goals
1. Get WIP 1 beta ready. I’m really trying to get this on in good shape. If anyone can take a look at it, let me know.
I didn’t do much work on it and honestly, there’s a lot more I could do on it (I’m terrible at descriptions). I suppose it’s beta ready because I don’t know what I need to work on next.
 
2. Get drafts done of the synopsis and query for WIP 1.
Wait, this was a goal? I actually did this, holy crap.
 
3. Get to the notes on WIP 2 if I have the time.
And somehow I did this, too. I still have about a third of the book left to go over, but it is getting done. It’s a miracle.
 
And now for this month.
 
October Goals
1. Beta reads for WIP 1. Any volunteers?
 
2. Finish working on my notes for WIP 2. This one’s actually possible.
 
3. Update my etymology page. There are so many of them, I think it’s time to create a few separate pages up in the header there. It might make formatting them easier, too.
 
That’s what I want to do this month. Will any of this actually happen? Who knows? What do you want to do this month?

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Only Way To Be Sure

Got to start off the Halloween season with a comic about the most terrifying creature in the universe: spiders.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Language Of Confusion: -Mand, Redux

Yep, another one of these.
 
Mandate showed up in the sixteenth century as a noun and then became a verb in the seventeenth century. It comes from the French mandat (mandate) and classical Latin mandatum, command, so the definition has stayed pretty consistent. It’s from the verb mandare, to commit or order, because the man- is from manus, hand, and dare, to give. To commit to something is to literally give it into your hand.
 
Command showed up in the fourteenth century as a verb and then a century later as a noun because words are random like that. It’s from the Old French comander/comand, from the Vulgar Latin commandare and classical Latin commendare, which actually meant to recommend or entrust. So with mandare, to commit, and the prefix com- is thought to just be intensive here, the word is to really commit/order. Commend, which showed up in the mid fourteenth century is from the same place—it makes sense, how shocking—just with a little different origin as it doesn’t seem to have come to us from French. I guess that explains the difference of one letter? Of course recommend is from the same place, and it showed up in English in the late fourteenth century, so not long after commend. The re- is also believed to be intensive, meaning a recommendation is something you’re really totally committed to.
 
Demand showed up in the late thirteenth century as a noun and a century later as a verb, although back then the words were spelled demaunde/demaunden and they meant to question. They come from the Old French demander and classical Latin demandare, to entrust, with de- meaning completely. A demand is to order completely? I guess that makes some sense. The evolution of the word—the reason we demand stuff these days—is because in French it began to be used in a legal sense, to demand as a right, and that followed into English.
 
To remand showed up in the mid fifteenth century spelled remaunden and meaning to send something back, and much like demand, its definition changed because of legal influence, and it became to command to go to a place by law. At least that evolution makes some sense. It comes from the Anglo French remaunder and Old French remander, and before that the Late Latin remandare, to send back word or repeat a command. The re- means back here, unlike with recommend, and with mandare, the word is “to order back”. What a sensible origin.
 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

From The Spamfiles

You ready?

This one is just kind of bizarre. First the whole “Staff Shirts & Photos” thing—what does that even mean? Then there’s the fact that the message itself has one of those click here to stop receiving these notifications thing, which is basically the spammiest thing ever. Then there’s the rather mundane message asking how I am, that I could almost mistake for being real if it didn’t have a few rogue capital letters in there. Taken all together, it’s just weird.

Oh great, they’re after Greg again. Apparently they have a role that’s perfect for him.

This message is in Spanish, and I know just enough of that to be able to see what a scam this is. No one says “I have the honor of presenting a product” that isn’t trying to get your money.
 
Seriously, what’s with all the commas? Are you taking a really long pause???

Why is this guy’s profile pic a bedroom set??? I don’t know what “Dota” is, though it really seems like a setup for a “deez nutz” joke.
 
Let’s try all.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Language Of Confusion: -Sume, Redux

Another redo! I’ll slowly get through all the ones not up to my standards just in time to redo them all again. It’s the perfect plan to never have to come up with ideas again!
 
Resume—the verb, not the noun that has the accents over the e’s, which came centuries later—showed up in the fifteenth century as resumen, where it meant reposses or take something back before meaning to continue something. It comes from the Old French resumer and classical Latin resumere, which could mean resume or take up again. The re- means again, so that’s where that comes from, and the rest is sumere, to take—to take again is to resume. But sumere is actually a prefixed word itself, with the su- coming from sub-, up from under and emere, to take or buy. So to resume is… to take up from under again?
 
Assume showed up in the early fifteenth century meaning to take upon oneself, then in the late sixteenth century the definition we know it as. It comes from the classical Latin assumere/adsumere, to assume, to take up, or to take also. The prefix as- is from ad-, to, toward, or up to, so with the full definition of sumere, this word is really “to take up and under to”. Okay, maybe to take upon oneself makes sense, but I have no idea how we got the rest of assume from that.
 
Next, presume actually came a bit earlier than the other two, in the late fourteenth century, and it actually meant what it does today. It comes from the Old French presumer and classical Latin praesumere, which could mean presume or rely on or take for granted—again, pretty much what it means today. The prae- means before, so this word is something like “to take up from under before”. Which does kind of make sense. You take for granted before that you’re taking this thing. And you’re taking it up from under, I guess.
 
Finally today, consume showed up in the late fourteenth century, meaning “to destroy something by separating it into parts which cannot be reunited”, so it’s what we use it for. It comes from the Old French consumer and classical Latin consumere, to consume, no big changes here. The con- is from com-, which here is thought to be intensive since it generally means with or together. So consume is just another way to say to take up from under. And somehow that means consuming something. With it’s with/together prefix somehow meaning to take apart.
 
Try not to think about it too much.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From The Spamfiles

Man, the unsubscribe TEAM really wants me to unsubscribe. I guess it is their job after all.

They say they have the answers to my questions and I was like “What questions?” before realizing that must be the question to which their referring. Like, whoa.

Wait, I had a girlfriend??? No one told me about this!

Boy, they sound really desperate for me to unsubscribe. Maybe if they had an Unsubscribe TEAM this wouldn’t happen.

Are you telling me that EXTRA89204480 who just joined Twitter three months ago isn’t followed by any of my followers? How is this possible? They are EXTRA!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

An Hour’s Drive

This actually took place on my mom’s birthday, when she wanted to go to this flower shop about sixty miles away that has all these neat plants.
Yes, traveling all that way and getting car sick was totally worth it, thank you.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Language Of Confusion: Grains

We’re looking at types of grains this week, an idea I’ve had for quite a while now—since my look at vegetables. Time to finally see why we call them the way we do. Although I’m sure there won’t be any satisfying answers.
 
Grain
Grain showed up in the early fourteenth century, meaning pretty much what it does today. It comes from the Old French grain/grein, from the classical Latin granum, which just means grain, so no big leaps here. The weirdest thing about this word is how the word engrained is from the same place, but with a vastly different evolution. It showed up in the late fourteenth century where it meant to dye a fabric red with cochineal. It comes from the French phrase en graine, where graine is the seed of a plant. Now, you might be asking why they’d use “seed of a plant” when cochineal means bugs. Well apparently they thought it was actually berries. Because of that mistake, engrained basically used to mean fast-dyed, and now it’s really used in a metaphorical sense.
 
Wheat
Wheat comes from the Old English hwaete, which is just wheat spelled differently. That’s from the Proto Germanic hwaitjaz, from the Proto Indo European kwoid-yo-, from kweid-/kweit-, to shine, the origin word for white. I guess wheat can look kind of white…
 
Rice
Rice showed up in the mid thirteenth century as ris. It comes from the Old French ris, from the Italian riso, from the classical Latin oriza, from the Greek oryza, all of which just mean rice. The origin gets a bit murky there, but it’s thought to be derived from some Indo source, leading all the way back to the Sanskrit vrihi-s.
 
Rye
Rye comes from the Old English ryge (rye), which is then from the Proto Germanic ruig. That one is derived somehow from the Proto Indo European wrughyo-, which means rye and… I guess that does have an R and a Y in it, so why not?
 
Oat
Oat comes from the Middle English ote and Old English ate, amusingly enough. Of course before that, no one’s sure where it’s from. One theory is it’s from the Old Norse eitill, which means nodule, and I guess that could be it, though who knows? This is etymology. It’s just as likely those aren’t related at all.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
University of Texas at San Antonio’s page on Proto Indo European language
University of Texas at Arlington
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Old English-English Dictionary

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

From The Spamfiles

Back to spam! Yay!

My unsubscribe request is being handled by the Unsubscribe TEAM. That’s how you know it’s real.

Oh, I just love this one. First of all, they spell attention wrong—twice—then they call me sir. Is it any wonder that it’s their “second email” to me without any response?

Apparently we’re getting audio messages by email now? I got to say, I like that system. Though I have no idea what the “world’s first 100% automated phone-based funnel” is. Why would you even need that? How does it WORK???

They saw me in their dreams! They must be a real psychic!!!
 
Look at this run of spam comments I’ve received, apparently asking me if I want to commit a crime. Which I do. Just not that one.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Assault And Battery

I’m just trying to brush you so your fur doesn’t get mats!
I’ve never seen a cat get so mad at being brushed. Veronica never hit me!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Language Of Confusion: -Sure, Redux

Doing another redo this week because… why not?
 
Sure, which really should have an H in there, showed up in the early thirteenth century meaning safe or secure before morphing to mean reliable, then confident, then resolute, and finally in 1803 meaning “yes”. It comes from the Old French seur/sur, safe, and that’s from the classical Latin securus, secure, which, yeah, is the origin word for secure. The reason for the sh- thing is thought to be because it was originally pronounced syu-, and I’m guessing sh- was easier to say and no one bothered to update the spelling.
 
Insure showed up in the mid fifteenth century as insuren, a variant of ensuren, which, yeah, is ensure. Both words come from the Anglo French enseurer, from the Old French ensurer, where the prefix en-, which means make here, and of course the rest is from sure. Insure and ensure are to make something secure, which, yeah, totally accurate. What a sensible etymology.
 
Finally, assure. It showed up in the late fourteenth century, coming from the Old French asseurer, and before that the Vulgar Latin assecurar. The prefix is from ad-, which means to, and with the rest coming from secure, the word is “to secure to”. How shockingly sensible. And then there’s reassure, which showed up in the late sixteenth century. No big mystery here. The re- means again, plus assure—to assure again. Or parsing it out even further, to secure to again.
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Fordham University

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September Goals

Is it time to do this already? Didn’t I just have one of these posts? Whatever. It’s September. Time to see what I didn’t get done last month, which was a lot, because I had way too much going on.
 
August Goals
1. Finish my editing notes on WIP 2 and hopefully get to work on them (we’ll see).
I didn’t get to this, unfortunately.
 
2. Get back to WIP 1 and again, work on the descriptions. I like the premise so much and think it’s really unique, and I just want the writing to live up to what I’m going for.
Or this. For my birthday month, it was way too stressful!
 
3. BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY.
At least there weren’t any problems with this.
 
Now for this month…
 
September Goals
1. Get WIP 1 beta ready. I’m really trying to get this on in good shape. If anyone can take a look at it, let me know.
 
2. Get drafts done of the synopsis and query for WIP 1.
 
3. Get to the notes on WIP 2 if I have the time.
 
I’m probably overshooting with that last one, but I’d like to keep it on my radar. It has half as many notes as WIP 1 did, so either it’s written better or I’m way more tolerant. What do you want to do this month? You ready for the change in seasons?

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Nautilus

 
I’ve never actually seen a snail before, so I thought this was really neat. Also, I’d like to point out that this little guy was smaller than the nail on my little finger. So quite tiny.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Ivy

Not actually sure this is poison ivy, just noticed the “leaves of three”. I’m definitely not touching it, though.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Cardinal

It’s brown, so obviously a female, but it was definitely a cardinal.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

From The Spamfiles

My birthday’s on Thursday! So after this, I am taking a break from the internet for a week or so. Of course there will still be posts for you to scroll past in your RSS feed. Probably cat pictures. But until then, spam!

What an oddly specific number. Not $10,000, not $8,000, not $8,500, but $8,588. I really want to know why that number in particular. Also why they have a \ in between you’re there. That’s just weird.

Okay, what even is that font? It’s fancy and loopy and I must have it before the toxic mold in my house apparently kills me.

They have a surprise for me! I assume the surprise is adding spaces between the letters of words while deleting them from spaces between words.

The WORLD OF PORN! You know you want to click. The message in the body says, in French no less, “tribute to the talents of the city”. So this is a high class world of porn.
 
I am instantly suspicious of someone who spells “Madison” with two S’s.

Acenett is back!!!!!! He’s so confident in his scam he can tell me it’s spam even in the address line!
 
That’s it. I’m out until the seventh. Later!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Gifts

Well, it is almost my birthday.
I’m not even kidding. Right in the middle like it was left for me.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Language Of Confusion: -Tempt, Redux

Another redo, since it’s easier than coming up with original ideas and I’m totally sliding into vacation mode.
 
Tempt showed up in the thirteenth century, specifically meaning to tempt someone to sin before coming into more general use. It comes from the Old French tempter and classical Latin temptare, to test. That’s actually from another Latin word, tentare, which also just means test; they just changed the N to MP for no discernable reason.
 
Attempt showed up in the late fourteenth century, coming from the Old French atempter/atenter. Yes, more of that N-MP switch. It’s from the classical Latin attemptare, to try, a mix of ad-, to, and temptare, to test—and since a try is a type of test, this word is kind of redundant. To try to is definitely an attempt, though.
 
Contempt also showed up in the late fourteenth century, originally referring only to disobedience of law or authority before being adapted to a more general use in the next century. It comes from the Old French contempt and classical Latin contemptus, which means contempt or scorn. That’s from the verb contemnere, to despise, a mix of the prefix com-, thought to be intensive here, and temnere, scorn. But as you might notice, temnere is not related to temptare. Contempt is not related to the other tempt words at all!
 
Sources
Online Etymology Dictionary
Google Translate
Omniglot
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

From The Spamfiles

Let’s see what ripe, juicy spam I have for you this week.
 
I don’t know, guys, what do you think? Does fat make you fat? Or am I thinking of thin? Also, what is with the line through the address? That’s just weird.

Big surprise, they want me to link to them. Besides the fact that that name is ridiculous (Tutoo???), the post they’re asking me to put the link on (which got cut off here, sorry) is from nearly ten years ago. I’m thinking you’re not going to get much traffic from that.

This might be the first time I’ve seen random quotes used accurately, since as we all know, this reminder is definitely not real.

These guys again. Even if I owned a home, I’m not selling it for cash over the internet. Because I’m not stupid.

Rosita is interested in me! You might not be able to make it out, but her email address is apparently rosita.dimbo@something.com. Dimbo! That’s just hilarious.

Well, the name Acenett M Vasquez is absolutely the winner of the week here. Great name or greatest name?
 
The answer is greatest. Clearly the greatest.