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Month: February 2005

Blackguard

Here’s the word of the day from dictionary.com:

blackguard BLAG-uhrd,

noun:

1. A rude or unscrupulous person; a scoundrel.

2. A person who uses foul or abusive language

adjective:

Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as, “blackguard language.”

transitive verb:

To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.

Pronounced BLAG-uhrd not black guard, it’s yet another word that sounds like what it means. I have longed to use this word since I heard Michael Darling use it in the Disney version of Peter Pan but haven’t gotten any show to date. I suppose you want to be careful whom you label a blackguard.

Use it in a sentence: “Wednesday night, we won our first game in the city basketball tournament. One of the opposing forwards blackguarded L, but L brushed it off and owned him.”

Lately my emotions are all…

Lately my emotions are all mixed up. That is, my water-works are subject to leaks. Peradventure the anomaly is caused by the gift of 3 sons and a wife about whom one may easily wax sentimental.

Example: I watched The Village again this past weekend and noticed at least one more major theme, namely the nature of fear and it’s relation to love. In the conversation between Ivy and Lucius on Ivy’s porch, Lucius says, “…the only time I feel fear is when I think of you and harm….” What an elegant expression of selfless love!

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear…”

I don’t know anything about…

I don’t know anything about the Sprint PCS service. C has Virgin (on the Sprint network) but doesn’t use it enough to say if it’s good or bad. One friend says the service is poor. Another likes it.

No matter, I am compelled to declare that the advertisments featuring the black-coated man are tops. Whether on the radio or on television, that personage (along with the characters around him) busts my gut every time.

Interesting: that when you hear…

Interesting: that when you hear of a court case in the news, namely a case of sexual abuse, it is generally phrased as “touched him innapropriately.” It occurs to me that this word implies a subjective standard of what is appropriate. If the story were written “touched him wrongly” or “sexually abused him”, it would imply an objective standard of right and wrong.

Have you seen this man?…

Have you seen this man?

I generated the following error…

I generated the following error message by submitting a specific SQL statement to IBM DB/2. Thus, it’s ineligible for the Crazy Wall of Errors or the anomalisms page but I post it herewith because it’s humorous.

Error: SQL0104 - Token WHITEY was not valid. Valid tokens:

( END GET SET CALL DROP FREE HOLD LOCK OPEN WITH ALTER BEGIN.

(State:37000, Native Code: FFFFFF98)

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