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Touchy Stuff

Either somebody, somewhere has a great sense of humour…or they’re just oblivious as to what can happen when you abbreviate the word ‘street’ in certain circumstances.

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Say It Diff’rnt, Yo

Here’s a wonderful tool.

The dialectizer.

http://rinkworks.com/dialect

It translates any English text into comical dialects like Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin and Hacker.

By all means not a perfect instrument, but entertaining nonetheless.

An example, from my favorite quote from the Japanese poet Basho:

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”

Translated into Jive:

An ‘esample, fum mah’ favo’ite quote fum de Japanese poet Basho, dig dis:

“Do not seek t’follow in de footsteps uh de wise. Seek whut dey sought. Man!”

Into Redneck:

An example, fum mah favo’ite quote fum th’ Japanese poet Basho:

“Do not seek t’foller in th’ footsteps of th’ wise. Seek whut they sought.”

Cockney (you Brits will have weigh in on the accuracy of this:

An example, right, from me favorite quote from the Japanese poet Basho:

“Do not seek ter follow in the bloody footsteps of the wise. Seek wot they sought.”

And, perhaps most inventive, Hacker:

an exa/\/\pLe, form My favorite quote from teh japAn3saE poet absho:

“do not seek to follow in teh fooytstep z0f the wise ololoolo seek what thhy sougth. OLOLO…. ‘

Have fun with it.
Or,

Avehay unfay ithway ityay.

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“Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.”

Arguably the longest word in the English language (though it’s kind of cheating, because the names for diseases are so systematic in how they’re formed).

Still, at 45 letters, it’s recognized as the longest word in any major English dictionary.

It’s a medical term for a lung disease caused by breathing in particles of siliceous volcanic dust. It was originally created as a hoax, but has been adopted as a legitimate term because it closely resembles the characteristics of the condition and has been recognized in other major dictionaries.

If you allow chemical compounds, there’s a word that has 1,913 letters … but the madness must stop somewhere.

The Guiness Book of World Records recognizes the longest “real word” in the English language as “floccinaucinihilipilification,” which translates into “the act or habit of estimating or describing something as worthless, or making something to be worthless by said means.”

There’s a town in Wales … “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ which was designed as a gimmick in the 19th century to attract tourists.

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Also notable are … “Chargoggagogmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg,” a lake in Webster, Massachusetts, and … “Taumatawhakatang­ihangakoauauot­amateaturipukaka­pikimaunga­horonuku­pokaiwhenuak­itanatahu,” an 85-letter name for a hill in New Zealand.

Shakespeare coined honorificabilitudinitatibus in “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (which is considered English and not Latin because he used it).

A common citation as the longest word is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” a 34-word song name from the popular movie “Mary Poppins.”

And here your grade school teacher had you reciting “Antidisestablishmentarianism” to make it look like she was sooo super-smart.

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