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Month: March 2005

Coyote Sighted

Saw a coyote today on the way to work. Definitely could have fetched him with Old Betsy.

This calls for an quotation of Mark Twain:

“Along about an hour after breakfast we saw the first prairie-dog villages, the first antelope, and the first wolf. If I remember rightly, this latter was the regular cayote (pronounced ky-o-te) of the farther deserts. And if it was, he was not a pretty creature or respectable either, for I got well acquainted with his race afterward, and can speak with confidence. The cayote is a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton, with a gray wolf-skin stretched over it, a tolerably bushy tail that forever sags down with a despairing expression of forsakenness and misery, a furtive and evil eye, and a long, sharp face, with slightly lifted lip and exposed teeth. He has a general slinking expression all over. The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.

He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede. He is so spiritless and cowardly that even while his exposed teeth are pretending a threat, the rest of his face is apologizing for it.”

Words Misused and Abused

It’s dictionary time again!

infamous adj.

1. Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious.

2. Causing or deserving infamy; heinous: an infamous deed.

– Given the definition of infamous, why would you say “…come sample our infamous barbecued ribs…”?

decadent adj.

1. Being in a state of decline or decay.

2. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.

– Given the definition of decadent, why would you say “…come taste our decadent desserts…”?

Compressed Air Engine

New words in “Bring it Back”.

B had his birthday party yesterday. He got from his grandma and grandpa a toy airplane with a piston engine that is powered by compressed air (“Air Hogs” brand). So we went outside and flew the plane. It is amazing how much power the tiny engine produces and surprising that nobody marketed this idea years ago. Of course the men wanted to know how the engine works and it’s a good thing it was made of clear plastic so you could observe the mechanics of the thing. The box says that the plane will fly up to 100′. However, it appears that they meant to say the plane flies up to 100′ after flying straight up 30′, looping the loop thrice, then slowing down enough to travel the 100′ in a straight line. It was an exciting time because one had no control over the toy. It landed upwind, downwind, in the road, on the roof of the house, and into the side of the house.



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