Archive for February, 2018

Lexical adventures in the Sacred Harp

February 23, 2018

Two explorations in the vocabulary of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson revision, provoked by songs called at shapenote singings in Palo Alto: most recently, the occurrence of dragon(s), serpent(s), and hurricane(s) in Florence #121 (all of them unique in the book, according to Chris Thorman’s 1992 Concordance to the songbook); and a while back, the striking use of vice in Mission #204’s “luring scenes of vice” (one of two occurrences in the book, the other being in Columbus #67).  Elsewhere, there’s Cambridge #287, a hymn of resistance to temptation; and O Come Away #334, a rousing temperance hymn (with a history in German student drinking songs).

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There otter be a law

February 22, 2018

From several sources on the net (with no credit to a creator), this outrageous pun in a texty creation:

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You need to recognize otters (that’s easy) and know that pinochle /pínʌkǝl/ is a card game (slightly more challenging) and (most crucially) recognize the pop culture allusion, to the lyrics of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”.

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acyrologia

February 22, 2018

Recently from friends on Facebook:

From one friend: “this looks as though it could be described as an eggcornucopia”. Well, no, not without understanding eggcorn as meaning ‘word error’, which would be a bad move.

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Adventures in alcohol

February 21, 2018

A recent Pinterest e-mail with boards on food and drink offered a number of remarkably named drinks, including two that were new to me: the Purple Fuck (powerfully alcoholic and powerfully sweet) and the German drink Gockelsperma ‘cock’s cum’, lit. ‘rooster sperm’ (made with Waldmeister syrup, from the sweet woodruff plant).

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An Oscars-night groaner

February 21, 2018

… in yesterday’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

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The reference to the Oscars (the Academy Awards, to be given out on March 4th) plus the name Gadot might have been enough, but just in case Mike Peters has also provided a reference to Wonder Woman — pointing us to the 2017 movie Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot in the title role (though the movie got no Academy Award nominations at all), and providing an allusion to the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot.

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Butch homowear news for dogs

February 20, 2018

(Men in sexy underwear, primed for Hot Action Now, so not to everyone’s taste.)

A Daily Jocks ad to usher in the Year of the Dog:

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The ad copy makes a nod to comfort, but mostly it’s all about pulling guys in to your dick and butt, you dog:

The All New Cellblock 13 Velocity Jock Brief  takes your sexy fetish look up a notch. It features a textured polyamide/spandex pouch that showcases your goods just right, and the softness on the inside will feel great against your package. Butt straps give your ass that perfect amount of lift, and contrast colour banding throughout provides accent.

(It comes in blue, red, and orange, and as a trunk as well as a jock brief.)

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Vronsky & Babin in the morning

February 20, 2018

Yesterday morning, up and brushing my teeth, the name Vronsky & Babin came to me unbidden. At first I thought Vronsky must be the Count Vronsky of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, but I was baffled by Babin (some transformation of the writer Isaac Babel?), and in any case the pairing sounded vaguely familiar. I went to the computer and discovered that V&B were indeed familiar, though I don’t think I’d heard about them for decades: a great duo-piano team of the last century.

But why had their names popped into my head? There turned out to be a clear answer, involving intricacies of memory and the unconscious.

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Ruthie reasons analogically

February 19, 2018

The One Big Happy from January 23rd:

Ruthie reasons analogically, but from the morphological point of view, inaccurately.

If paralegal is para + legal and the para- contributes a element of meaning roughly ‘sort of, but not real’, then parakeet must be para + keet ‘a sort of, but not real, keet’, whatever a keet is. (What of parasol and parapet?)

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In the sculpture garden

February 19, 2018

Today’s Zippy takes us once again into a sculpture garden, this time one devoted to Zippyoid versions of Henry Moore’s sculptures:

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ZippyMoore — SurrealMoore? — is entirely abstract and is all about holes. RealMoore is full of figures (human, animal, and natural), though represented abstractly to some degree or another; and its negative spaces are significant but not omnipresent.

Case in point: the large two-part sculpture in #1.

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Putting the carnal in Carnival

February 18, 2018

(Much about men’s bodies and mansex, in plain language, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

On Shrove Tuesday (the 13th), the season of Carnival — etymologically, the time for putting away the flesh (for the season of Lent) — reaches its height. From NOAD:

noun carnival: a period of public revelry at a regular time each year, typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade: the culmination of the week-long carnival | Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival … ORIGIN mid 16th century: from Italian carnevale, carnovale, from medieval Latin carnelevamen, carnelevarium ‘Shrovetide’, from Latin caro, carn– ‘flesh’ + levare ‘put away’.

In the gay precincts of the world, we strive to put the carnal —

adj. carnal: relating to physical, especially sexual, needs and activities: carnal desire. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Christian Latin carnalis, from caro, carn- ‘flesh’.

into Carnival, to flagrantly celebrate the sins of the flesh. Recent bulletins: two Daily Jocks ads that largely abandon the pretense of selling comfort, support, and style in favor of providing outright soft gay porn; and a look back at a gay hard porn classic, Kristen Bjorn’s Carnaval in Rio, with a fond recollection of Gilvan Couto manfully coping with Caio Amaral’s astonishing 14″ uncut black dick (with some notes on race relations in the postcolonial world).

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