Saturday, August 23, 2008

random stuff. with lists! & a WOTD.

why are these my two favorite answers in today's syndicated nyt x-word puzzle?

17A - hero/giant created by rabelais = gargantua.
39A - menacing = sinister.

a. because they're lots cooler than synchronized swimming?
b. because i'm a total dork?
c. some other reasons i'll try to explain after the jump?
d. all of the above?

d., of course, is the correct answer. but you already knew that, didn't you?

ok, lets deal with *gargantua* 1st.

a. because it's so much fun to say. try it.
gar-GAN-tua. hahahahaha.

b. because this is a cool picture of him:

c. and because this is even awesomer. (yep, i read the whooole thing. i told you i was a dork...)

but why in the cornbread hell would i like *sinister* so much??

a. because i got it with just the n. (from the parmesaN crossing.)

b. just because.

c. and really because...(this is where i think it gets a little bit whacky)
the actual word of the day from is *ambisinister.* coincidence? (duh. of course it is you gullible, ambisinister oafs.)

maybe that's too small to read, but here's the salient text:


adjective: Clumsy with both hands. (Literally, with two left hands.)

From Latin ambi- (both) + sinister (on the left side).

wha? "sinister" comes from "the left side" ????
oh those crazy latins...

all you left handed people out there oughta start aclamorin' asap. that sounds like prejudicism (sic) to me.


bonus random stuff in case you can't read the screenshot above):

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)


hey. if you didn't learn anything new today, don't blame me.


wendy said...

I had to read Gargantua and Pantagruel in my college world lit class.

cornbread hell said...

i don't *have to,* but i'm going to 1/2 price books to look for them soon.