On Blackadder Vocabulary

It is no secret that one of my all-time favorite television series is Blackadder. I go back and forth. Sometimes Blackadder II (that being the Elizabethean Blackadder) is tops. But usually, it’s Blackadder the Third (that being the Regency Blackadder). And my top three episodes — though all six are simply sublime — would be:Continue reading “On Blackadder Vocabulary”

On Idiots Lose on the ‘Net

Our tale begins with Google, as many such tales do. It began with someone, perhaps much like yourself, in search of information about strange and unique subjects. Was it curiosity that motivated the intrepid searcher? Was it the need to complete an assignment for school? We cannot question the motives; we lack the capacity toContinue reading “On Idiots Lose on the ‘Net”

On Linguistic Obliviousness

Truly, I am a maroon. I’ve seen and heard the phrase “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” I knew it was military lingo. I figured it was its own in-group speak, much like “w00t” online or corpse humping in Halo. It didn’t occur to me until yesterday what Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stood for. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Truly, IContinue reading “On Linguistic Obliviousness”

On Dead Languages

Ah, Saturday morning. Laundry! It being Saturday, and because I don’t want to think, let’s do another meme! Let’s recap some recent memes. I’m Arthurian literature, I’m an INFP (here too), and I’m Ireland. I’m also “All You Need Is Love,” but doesn’t that go without saying? And now, if I were a dead language,Continue reading “On Dead Languages”

On Being an English Nerd

I saw this test on several friends’ webpages. Am I an English nerd, or what? 😉 True English Nerd You scored 91 erudition! Not only do you know your subjects from your objects and your definite from your indefinite articles, but you’ve got quite a handle on the literature and the history of the languageContinue reading “On Being an English Nerd”