We dutifully bring you another chance to know your nouns, verify your verbs, define your determiners, and generally impress yourself with how many words you know the meaning of. Or will know after you take the pop quiz. Need we explain more? Surely you know how a multiple choice test works by now.
Otiose (ō′ shē-ōs)
This is only the first of five. Click the link to take the entire test. The answers are there, too.
What’s That Supposed to Mean? The Collected Word Definition Quizes
Still yet another new old feature updated with pointless animation. Well, it doesn’t make it any worse.
Government Machinery at Work How the Wheels of the Government Grind
“We don’t believe what we see, we see what we want to believe.”
Yes, we did this one before, but not with the fancy-schmacy animation. Are you beginning to spot a trend here?
To continue the theme, a companion follow-up piece to Monday’s “The Periodic Table of Dark Matter” article. More of our ongoing campaign of updating old bits with pointless animation and useless interactivity.
What Fabric Is the Fabric of Space Made Of? Space Warps, Time Wefts and Bent Reality
Our ongoing campaign of updating the old site with pointless animation and useless interactivity on goes. This time around, a companion follow-up piece to last week’s “Cosmology Willikers” article.
The Periodic Table of Dark Matter The Emperor’s New Fabric of Space
Ultimate, as in the last, as in the letter Z. Not that this is the last word quiz. Just the first and last one featuring the letter Z. There is a catch. You have to go to the brand new collected word quizes page to play. There’s a link coming up right… now:
Filed under What’s That Supposed to Mean? The Collected Word Definition Quizes
As promised in our ongoing campaign of festooning the old site with pointless animation and useless interactivity, here’s another one. Be the very first to view it refreshed. And maybe the last. There’s just no telling how many folks will take the bait.
Cosmology Willikers A Newer Shorter History of Everything and Nothing
Yet doesn’t seem to get anywhere. All the same, we soldier on with our all pointlessly animated and/or uselessly interactive marching orders. To that end, he’s another updated oldie. It may not be profoundly better, but it’s animated and webbier.
Extra Dimensions of Existence Don’t Exist There Is No Three in 3-D
We have this idea that terry colon point com should be all pointlessly animated and/or uselessly interactive. This is the Internet after all. To that end over time we will update old stuff to suit. Even if it simply means an opening animated and or interactive bit that’s pointless, useless, or just plain silly. At least that is the plan. For now. Who knows if it’ll work or last.
At any rate, he’s an updated oldie. It may not be any funnier, but it’s interactive and webbier.
E-z P-z House Selling Redirect, Repackage, Relabel
We previously explained why pound is abbreviated lb. and ounce is oz., now we wonder why number, which has no O, is abbreviated no. and barrel, which has one B, is bbl.
Up first, number is no. because it’s an abbreviation of “numero,” the ablative case of the Latin “numerus.” Which now has us asking, what the heck is the ablative case?
Ablative: [grammar] of, relating to, or constituting a case expressing typically the relations of separation and source and also frequently such relations as cause or instrument.
Get that? No worries. English doesn’t have the ablative case. Now then, where does the extra B in bbl. for barrel come from?
In the early days of the oil business kerosene was shipped in blue barrels and gasoline in red barrels. As the standard 42 gallon kerosene barrels were more plentiful, the term “blue barrel” came to identify 42 gallon barrels verses other size barrels. Which means bbl. really stands for blue barrel, hence the extra B.
Online sources have it the extra two gallons (above 40) was to allow for evaporation and leaking during transport. We have our doubts about that story because the liquid measures in containers go way, way back. These are often divisible in thirds, multiples of six, and whatnot. For instance, a barrel is one third of a butt. Half a butt is a hogshead. Two butts is a tun. A puncheon is 72 gallons, six times 12. A barrel is six times seven, 42 gallons.
Maybe. Various sources give various measures. Some say old time barrels were 36 gallons. We can only wonder who’s got the real skinny on it. Still, at least now you know how no. and bbl. came about.
Filed in Gag Cartoon Gallery 7/23/18
Our update, the word weekend, which used to be week-end. And today, tomorrow and tonight used to be to-day, to-morrow and to-night. When these were changed we really don’t know. Nor do we know why they ever had a hyphen to begin with. All the same, there’s never been a to-morning or to-afternoon. Nor an after-noon that we know of.
Ah, yes, frivia at its best. Or worst. Your choice.
For some reason the next to bottom row of keys on our keyboard are only sort-of working. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Makes it hard to produce new content when every sentence contains numerous missing letter typos. To show you what we mean, here’s the headline and opening paragraph as they came out before we went back and added the missing letters:
For soe reaso the ext to otto row of keys o our keyoard are oly sort-of working. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. akes it hard to produce new content when every setece contains umerous missig letter typos…
Not Exactly easy reading. Until we get this sorted out, the reader will have to make do with the archives. Thank you for your patience.
The crab has arrived. As in Cancer. As in the Zodiak. While astrology isn’t our cup of tea, at least its divisions, unlike our conventional months, line up with the seasons. And they come complete with beings: bull, lion, scorpion, goat, twins and whatnot. Quite handy for illustrators. What do we get with our standard month names? Boring ordinal prefixes: sept, oct, nov, dec. Which don’t line up either.
So, what might the being or whatnot be for June? June was initially named Iunius. The name either comes from the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, or from the word “iuniores,” Latin for “younger ones.” That’s our calendar for you; things don’t line up and we aren’t sure what it all means.
Seven Not-Quite-Deadly-but-Still-Annoying Sins
To be honest, we’re not sure why the seven deadly sins are deadly. Sloth, gluttony, and lust don’t kill other people, they just make you a lazy, fat lecher. Calling them deadly might be overselling it a tad. Could be just an old-timey attention getting device before they came up with web ad teasers like…
Pick the words from the pull down menus to form sentences for a fresh, unique terry colon point com blog entry of your very own. There are almost countless possible combinations. (Well, we didn’t count them, anyway.) Read ’em all! and we shouldn’t have to write another thing for months.
The the just like the the So don’t And you can quote yourself on that.
…at the track bumping into his old friend Frank.
“How’s it going?” he asks.
“Going? Want to hear something amazing? Tell me –what’s the date today?”
“Right. The seventh day of the seventh month. I arrived at the track at seven minutes past seven. My daughter is seven years old today, and we live in apartment seven, at number seven, Seventh Street.”
“Let me guess, you put everything you had on the seven horse in the seventh race.”
“And he won?”
Frank shrugged. “He finished seventh.”
8 Shocking Facts about Electric Eels
Court TV imagined forty years ago by The Two Ronnies before there was Court TV. Once again, as is often the case, the original was much better. And funnier.
Nobody but terry colon point com brings you Wednesday Words of Wisdom complete and uncut, on Thursday. That’s us, a day late and a dollar short. Remind us later we owe ourselves a buck. Without further ado, those promised wise words.
I felt sorry for myself because I didn’t have a pair of shoes, until I met a man who didn’t have two pairs of shoes.
—Ol’ Remus, woodpilereport.com
Q. What is the biggest lie in the whole wide world?
A. “I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.”
How many grumpy old men does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None. The lightbulb can screw itself.
You may have missed the news, but global temperatures have gone down 0.5 degrees in the last 24 months. That’s at a rate of five degrees per decade. As the average temperature of an ice age is ten degrees cooler than today, if the trend continues we will be in a new ice age in twenty years. Now that would be an inconvenient truth.
Though we don’t think of it much, names have meanings. For instance, what you do for a living: Carpenter, Cooper, Smith, Weaver. People don’t much name themselves after their occupation these days. Though there are thousands of new, modern jobs to be named after. Instead of Smith, the most common name now might be Bookkeeper, Pencilpusher, or Drudge. Still, it’d get confusing if you changed your last name every time you switched jobs.
First names have meanings, too. These are more obscure than surnames, people don’t know or care about their meanings anymore. It’s just a personal label our parents dubbed us because they liked the sound of it or whatever. That’s why a lot of people now have novel, totally made up, meaningless names. Check out an NBA team roster to see what we mean.
Ten Olde Names and Their Erstwhile Meanings
As you can see, names weren’t always very complimentary. Some are just plain weird. Name your kid Birthday? Guess goofy hippie names predate goofy hippies. Did Alfred the Great really have a council of wee folk? What kind of parents name their daughter Pig? Makes you wonder what the heck your parents named you, eh?
*Ræd or rede go back to an old oral usage of read, as used in “Read him his rights.”
Just ask anyone; Pelé was the greatest soccer player ever, hands down, no argument, period! Then they’ll trot out these two bullet points of evidence:
Let’s look at those from the bottom up. Single players do not win World Cups, teams do. Team championships are a feeble measure of one players ability. Was Yogi Berra the greatest baseball player ever because “he won the World Series” more than anyone else, ten times? Were Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron lesser players because their teams didn’t win any?
Pelé did little to help Brazil win the cup in 1962, he was injured and scored all of one goal. Basically Brazil won the World Cup without him. Thing is, Pelé was never the top goal scorer in any World Cup he played in. In 1958 he scored six, while Just Fontaine netted 13. In 1966 (also injured) he scored one, while Eusébio had nine. In 1970 he scored four to Gerd Müller’s ten and teammate Jairzinho’s seven.
Now then, what about those 1,283 goals? Pelé officially scored 757 goals in 812 games. The other 526 goals came in unofficial friendlies and tour games, including when he played for the Sixth Coast Guard in the military competition. That’s like including Babe Ruth’s spring training, off-season touring and barnstorming homers in his career total. We’d guess that to be about 1,283 home runs.
Even so, many of Pelé’s 757 official goals came against third-rate teams in Brazil’s state leagues. These leagues comprise all the pro teams within a state, regardless of level. Imagine a California Baseball League with the five major league teams, five triple-A teams, five double-A teams, and five A teams. Bobby Bonds probably wouldn’t have needed steroids to knock out 80 dingers a year against that competition.
Who might be better than Pelé? As of this writing Cristiano Ronaldo has notched 652 official goals and Lionel Messi has racked up 611. Ronaldo is 33 years old and Messi is 30, both have a pretty fair chance to surpass Pelé’s career goal mark. And against better competition.
Then there’s the “Galloping Major,” Ferenc Puskás, who scored 84 goals in 85 international games for Hungary. In the Hungarian and Spanish leagues he notched 514 goals in 529 matches. You might also consider Sporting Lisbon’s Fernando Peyroteo who in the 1930s and 40s amassed 539 goals in 334 official games. That’s an amazing 1.61 goals per game. In 1946-47 he tallied 43 goals in 19 games, 2.26 goals per game.
Pelé the greatest soccer player ever? You may want to rethink that. By our reckoning he ranks maybe number five.
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” is undoubtedly the most famous pangram in English. A pangram is a sentence containing all twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Still, it isn’t the only one, and at thirty-five letters is not the shortest, either.
Top Ten Other Shortest Pangrams
So, what’s the point of a pangram, one might wonder. It’s simply a sample of every letterform of a typeface as text. More imaginative than simply listing them, abc…xyz. Even though it ain’t much of a story.