December 15th, 2003


Today's Bit of Forgotten English

frigerifick particles

In philosophy, small particles that are of a matter essentially cold.
--Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749

Feast Day of St. Valerian, who has long been invoked for protection from cold and snow. The adjective frigerifick was borrowed directly from Latin, perhaps as late as the mid-1600s, and denoted cooling, freezing, or cold-producing. It was originally used in scientific writings but was later adapted for general use. The term frigidarium (the cooling-room adjacent to a Roman bath, alongside the temperate tepidarium and hot caldarium) was borrowed into English and employed, sometimes derogatorily, to describe cold, damp rooms. In the sixteenth century the related Latin-based verb fridgefact denoted the action of cooling.
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Boromir battle

Snagged from raka and probably of interest to level_head

Justice and Morality: You believe in doing what is
right for others and maybe even for yourself.
People would consider you one with good morals,
and someone who would not let them down.

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Also, the Spider-Man 2 trailer I snagged from satyrblade looks pretty good!

-The Gneech
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Vote Six


Okay, look:

  1. The capture of Saddam Hussien is not as significant to internal U.S. politics as a lot of people seem to think it is. Swing voters generally swing on economic issues, not foreign policy.

  2. Saddam Hussien did not "magically appear during an election year." What do people think those guys in Iraq have been doing for the past year, standing around with targets on their chests until it was politically expedient to do something? The man was hard to find, for cryin' out loud.

  3. How come if something is perceived as being going badly in Iraq, Bush gets all the blame, but if something is perceived as being good, he gets none of the credit? Is he "Fall Guy in Chief?"

  4. Most importantly, on Saddam's orders, populations were slaughtered; one of his elite guard's favorite ways of dealing with dissenters was to force them to watch family members being raped or brutalized; he basically bled the country dry so his own family and favored lackeys would be rich, rich, rich. If somebody's first reaction upon hearing of his capture is to think, "Uh oh, Bush might get a blip in the polls," I gotta think that person's priorities are way out of whack. It's like the Palestinians saying, "Yes, he was a brutal tyrant, but at least he's Muslim" -- isn't that missing the big picture? There is so much more going on in the world than the incessant bickering of Demidupes vs. Pooblioobs!

Let fly with your flames if you want, I'll put on my asbestos undies. But if you decide to yell at me, at least try to understand my point first.

-The Gneech
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