Archive for December, 2013

Doggie Diner

December 27, 2013

Today’s Zippy:



On the taboo avoidance watch

December 26, 2013

Two items contributed by friends: something remarkable from the NYT, and something smaller from the BBC.


Seven Fishes

December 26, 2013

Still catching up with the holiday season. Now it’s the Feast of the Seven Fishes. From Wikipedia:

The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian: Festa dei sette pesci), also known as The Vigil (Italian: La Vigilia), is a celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas celebration. Today, it is a feast that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. It originates, however, from Southern Italy, where it is known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). However, some Italian-American families have been known to celebrate with nine, eleven or thirteen different seafood dishes. This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.

… The meal’s components may include some combination of anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, dried salt cod, smelts, eels, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams. The menu may also include pastas, vegetables, baked or fried kale patties, baked goods and homemade wine.

Some photographs here.

Note the extension of words for ‘fish’ to seafood in general.

Santa art

December 26, 2013

From Emily Rizzo and Arne Adolfsen on Facebook, a link to this site for Ed Wheeler:

Ed Wheeler, a photographer, superimposes himself on famous paintings while dressed in a Santa costume.These hysterical renditions are inspired by Ed’s long time traditions of dressing as Santa for holiday cards he created for fun. For years, Wheeler would send out photographs of himself as Santa doing strange and comical things to clients around the holiday.

… As you can see in these photos, Santa (Wheeler) has made appearances in many famous paintings. He appeared in his long underwear as Venus de Milo in Botticelli’s most iconic painting, and has also posed as a pensive, and a very spirited Santa, over Claude Monet’s Water Lillies. Through Wheeler, Santa has ridden Napoleon’s horse, sipped a cup of coffee in a 1940s diner, played poker with dogs, and floated in a flock of businessmen into the stratosphere in these humorous interpretations of some of art’s most iconic works.



A Christmas classic

December 26, 2013

From Charles Addams:


Xmas cartoons

December 24, 2013

Three cartoons that have come my way: a Zits, a Pearls, and a Rhymes.


Language evolution

December 23, 2013

From John Lawler, this SMBC:

Creationist historical linguistics.

Briefly noted: It’s not a razor

December 23, 2013

Heard, endlessly, on cable tv, an ad for a hair-removal system:

It’s not a razor. It’s not a laser. It’s No-No.

It’s also not a waxing treatment, but no doubt the razor / laser rhyme was hard to resist. So what is it?

Turns out it burns body hair away. Ouch.

It claims to be painless, but this is (for obvious reason) disputed by many users on the web. And there are many postings about the difficulties of negotiating the money-back guarantee.


December 22, 2013

Yesterday’s Zippy:

First, there’s the morphological form dehumorized, an entirely transparent use of English derivational morphology (‘without humor, with humor removed’), but novel. But then there’s the ironic note that suppressing all humor is itself humorous.

More sexy stuff

December 21, 2013

(Not about language.)

Over on AZBlogX, a set of eight images from the ivegtaboner site (yes, I’ve Got a Boner). A varied set of (very much) X-rated images of men.