Category Archives: Quickthoughts

Caller ID

While on FaceTime with my parents, their land line phone rings.

Mom D to Dad D: Will you check the caller ID?
Dad D: It says it’s from Billerica
Mom D: Don’t answer.
Jen: Who is Bill Rica?

Heh

(joke explained for foreigners: Billerica is a town in Massachusetts)

Strange

You know what’s a strange word?

Grown-ups

It’s almost exclusively used around kids. You never hear adults referring to each other as grown-ups.

According to Grammar-girl (one of my favorite resources for strange grammar questions), ‘Grow up’ is a phrasal verb and ‘Grown up’ is the past participle* When it’s used as a noun, it needs a hyphen.

*fun fact: present and past participles confused the heck out of me when I learned about them in Spanish class because I didn’t remember ever learning about them in English class first.

Woodpeckers

You’re probably familiar with the Downy Woodpecker. It’s a little black and white bird that frequents pretty much the entire United States year round. It’s about the same size as a tufted titmouse.

The Downy Woodpecker has a lesser known doppelgänger: The Hairy Woodpecker. These birds look virtually identical, except the Hairy Woodpecker is bigger. How much bigger?

Well, we happened to have both land on our feeder the other day. Here’s a photograph. Downy on the right, Hairy on the left.

hairybird

Fun fact for the bird ignorant: The Male of both the Downy and Hairy varieties has a little tuft of red feathers on the back of its head.

Today’s Five Things

  1. Remember when I was trying to train myself to sleep less? I should have just had a baby instead.
  2. Johnathan is now a pro at rolling over. It’s mostly adorable
  3. I received the Shirttail garters and they are glorious
  4. Guitar practice has resumed – oh! I lament the progress I’ve lost!
  5. You know that scene in Aviator where Leo has the guy file down all the rivets on the plane to reduce drag? I love this scene. We are surrounded by rivets in our lives. This is why I’ve started preheating the shower in the morning one minute into brushing my teeth. By the time I finish brushing, the water is just getting to a comfortable temperature. BAM! I just filed down a one minute rivet in my life

Challenge

I challenge anyone to try and make the sound of an elephant WITHOUT at the same time pretending your arm is a trunk and waving it up and down.

I’m pretty sure it’s impossible.

Autological

Via Wikipedia, an Autological word is one that expresses a property it also possesses.

examples:

short

awkwardnessful

pentasyllibic

 

While not not a perfect autological fit, the word “haemorrhaged” sure does feel close. It’s spelling feels like an uncontrolled diffusion of letters, like someone spelled it out and then the word suddenly self-erupted with a chaotic surplus of vowels and consonants.

I am quite confident that I will never properly spell haemorrhaged (also, often times spelled hemorrhaged (maybe more common in the US?)) without auto-correct.

Extra fun facts: the “ae” part of “haemorrhaged” spelling has Latin and Greek roots. The word comes from “haima” for bleeding violently and “rhage” for breaking. Add an R, change or remove the I, and switch the A with an O… Sure that all makes perfect sence.

Also, that “rrh” combination of letters? Not uncommon. Check out this impressive list:

https://www.morewords.com/contains/rrh/