Archive for December, 2017

The news for penises, St. Lucy’s Eve edition

December 12, 2017

Tomorrow’s the day to set your hair on fire, especially if you’re a young Scandinavian girl. But while you’re waiting for Advent to culminate in Christmas, you can savor the lights of the season:

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Ruthie falls into the deontic-epistemic pit

December 12, 2017

The One Big Happy cartoon from 11/4, in today’s comics feed:

You can’t sell candy without a license.

Compare: I can’t talk.

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Er ist der Schönste in Berlin

December 11, 2017

(Men in fetishwear, or less, starting with today’s Barcode Berlin model from Daily Jocks, with a caption from me. Steamy and suggestive, but no more.)

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Felix, an athletic
Submissive, can be
Viewed, or used, at our
Fuggerstraße showroom
From 2200 through 0200
Daily – rated AA for
Beauty, AAA for
Agreeableness and
Experience

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Exercises in high macho style

December 11, 2017

Passing between channels on my tv on the 6th, I caught a moment from the show Mr. Robot (S3 E9) in which Terry Colby, an exec at the Allsafe Corporation, spins out a riff in high-macho figurative language, a piece of crude poetry:

That’s all teddy bears and hand jobs, but what are your financials?  We can’t wake up one day and find ourselves tits up, dicks blowing in the breeze.

The masterstroke in all this is all teddy bears and hand jobs, an invention intended to convey an ironic, dismissive version of the high-toned all sweetness and light or, better, the vernacular all beer and skittles ‘all fun and pleasure’ (skittles, the game of ninepins)

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Revisiting 16: pouch(ed) and scrumble(d) eggs

December 10, 2017

Follow-ups to my 12/9 posting on poach egg ‘poached egg’: from Tim Evanson on Google+, pouched egg for poached egg (which will, of course, take us to pouch egg); and from several Facebook friends, scrumbled egg for scrambled egg (and then scrumble egg). An egg party, with eggcorning and t/d-deletion.

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Son of Snowman

December 10, 2017

Today’s Rhymes With Orange takes another swipe at Magritte’s The Son of Man:

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This is mildly entertaining as a joke about some kid who makes weird, non-standard snowmen. But for it to fully work you need to know that Magritte was a surrealist painter, the creator of The Son of Man (crucially featuring the bowler hat and the green apple):

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poach egg

December 9, 2017

A photo from real life, passed on to Bert Vaux and me on Facebook by Mike Pope, who got it from Bill Pinti:

(#1) huevos pochados ( = huevos poché): Poch Eggs

Sign pretty clearly by a Spanish speaker, showing final t/d-deletion in its spelling, representing [poč] instead of  [počt] (also interference of Spanish spelling with O instead of OA).

So-called t/d-deletion is widespread for native English speakers in final consonant clusters and has been lexicalized in some phrases (like ice cream) — see the discussion in the posts listed in the Page linked to above — but it hasn’t been reported (so far as I know) for poached egg, in either pronunciation or spelling, at least for native speakers.

The natural hypothesis is that this cluster simplification is especially favored by speakers of languages that lack final consonant clusters, especially obstruent clusters. Some of these languages lack final obstruents in general, but obstruent clusters present even greater articulatory challenges, so that cluster simplification at least eases the burden: if you aim for a final obstruent you might delete it, but if you aim for something even harder, like an obstruent cluster, you might achieve a single obstruent instead. (A well-known phenomenon in children’s acquisition of phonology.)

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Revisiting 15: Salome, Conrad, and more Zs

December 9, 2017

(For the purposes of this posting, the letter Z standing on its own is an abbreviation for the surname Zwicky.)

More family bulletins from Switzerland, starting with the musicians Salome Z, Conrad Z, Peter Z, Stefan Z, and Benjamin Z, from my 11/27 posting “The two Salome Zwickys of Zürich”. These will take us to Spain and, incidentally, to linguistics. With, of course, the obligatory trip to Mollis, in canton Glarus.

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Another Arnold Zwicky, and several Arnold near-Zwickys

December 9, 2017

Yesterday, a posting “The other Elizabeth Zwicky”, about a Facebook counterpart (in Chicago) to my daughter, Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky. Well, it turns out that I have a Facebook counterpart too (now in Romanshorn CH).

Also yesterday, a posting

From the continuing annals of near-Zwickys, a contrasting pair of Zwickes, one of them named Arnold.

And a posting “Zwick, maybe from Zwickau”, on still more near-Zwickys, traced to the Saxony region of German, close to the Slavic lands of what are now Czechia and Poland, supplying a probable Slavic source for the surname Zwick.

Now: two Arnold Zwicks, and several Arnold Zwickers, in Germany and in Nova Scotia.

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Zwick, maybe from Zwickau

December 8, 2017

Still more on near-Zwickys.

My previous posting looked at two Zwickes, one of them named Arnold Zwicke (a close call, but I still think it’s the case that there have only ever been two Arnold Zwickys in the US, and the other one is my father). The short surname Zwick (which in college I sometimes got called as a nickname) seems pretty clearly to be of Slavic, rather than Swiss, origin; is probably related to the German placename Zwickau; and is shared by two (unrelated) Americans in the film industry.

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