Friday, October 14, 2005

The Weakly Pyth*

I always enjoy the Happy Catholic's daily qoutes and trivia. Today there is one from Monty Python's Life of Brian. It is not my favorite, though. My favorite MPLOB quote is "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!". It's my favorite because its funny but it's extra funny because it sounds exactly like something my British mother would say if the situation presented itself, which by the way, it never did. I would never be mistaken for the Messiah. Maybe for Satan's Own or the Anti-Christ but never the Saviour. Infact, many a time my Mother would pay me this back-handed compliment: "He's such a nice little boy...when he's asleep."

And speaking of me Mum, I usually don't do this and she'd probably reprimand me for doing it but I'm requesting prayers for her as she flys back to the states today after having a mild heart attack a couple of weeks ago in Ireland. Once she gets back she'll be having triple bypass surgery so any prayers for a safe trip and a successful operation would be greatly appreciated. And if you want to throw in a few prayers for her heart to soften towards the Pope and the Church in general, that would be good, too. Her father's protestant blood seems to be winning the battle with her mother's Catholic blood lately and it worries me a bit.

*This is a very inside joke since the only other person who knows about it is dead. The Weakly Pyth was a humorous fake newspaper created by a friend of mine when he was in high school way back in the 70's.

A.W.A.D vs WOTD Cage Match!

This week I'm taking the best word of the week from each of the two daily word services I subscribe to and I'm having them fight it out in a death defying Cage Match!'s Word Of The Day words are "laconic", "palpable", "gewgaw", "conurbation" and "sinecure".

Wordsmith's A.Word.A.Day words are "vulcanian", "Heath Robinson", "cereologist", "maxwellian" and "benjamin".

Well, as we come down to the choice of the two opponents who will battle to the death it is easy to see that Team A.W.A.D is starting off at a disadvantage with only two possible contenders.

Gaining their strength from Roman mythology, the choice is obviously between "vulcanian" and "cereologist". And Team A.W.A.D passes over the obvious choice of the explosive and fiery "vulcanian" and selects the more demure and taciturn "cereologist". We'll have to see if this selection is one of subtle and artful genius or just a big mistake.

Team WOTD has a strong lineup and it will be interesting to see how they respond to Team A.W.A.D's choice. Currently it looks like the top choices are "laconic", "palpable" and "gewgaw" but the wrong choice could prove devastating to Team WOTD. They've been thrown off by A.W.A.D's choice of "cereologist" and it looks like they are starting to overthink things. No, wait, yes they have a selection. "Gewgaw" will be entering the cage for Team WOTD! This will be interesting to see. Will the almost onomatopoeic "gewgaw" have what it takes to battle the goddess inside "cereologist"?

And they waste no time getting down to business. "Gewgaw" comes out early with the fact that it is a gradational compound in the grand tradition of "tiptop", "mishmash" and "wishywashy". "Cereologist" is stunned but fights back with its roots in Roman mythology. "Gewgaw" slaps back with a reference to its mysterious thirteenth century origins. And "cereologist" is against the ropes punching air as it tries to make its late 20th century origin sound good. And it looks like "gewgaw" is about to deliver the final blows. Yes, "gewgaw" is found in over 17 online dictionaries and "cereologist" is found in only one. Showing no mercy, "gewgaw" flaunts how it sounds rolling off the tongue while "cereologist" hits the mat and is heard to mumble pathetically about crop circles, alien invasions and tin foil head gear.

Yes, this week the A.W.A.D vs WOTD Cage Match Trophy goes to Team WOTD! Tune in next week for another exciting battle!

Monday, October 10, 2005


Believe me it can be dangerous hitting the "NEXT BLOG" button on the Blogger bar above but eventually it pays off. Bug Safari was today's payoff. You've gotta love bugs. They are just so cool.

Then again, maybe you don't gotta love 'em and I should just get out more...nahhhh!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Word Battle

Today's battle brings us algophobia from A.Word.A.Day and sempiternal from

This is a tough one because they are both Latin based and sound good rolling off the tongue. Algophobia ends up not sounding too original since with "phobia" on the backend of the word we know right off the bat it is some sort of fear. However, sempiternal seems irrelevant when you find it is synonymous with eternal and is a combination of the Latin for "always" and "eternal". If something is eternal then it's eternal and saying it is "always" eternal seems to be a sacrifice of conciseness.

So, in today's Word Battle, algophobia is the winner!

Feel free to argue with the judges in the combox.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Franciscan Story

Working Papers has a St. Francis story posted in honor of the saint's feast day yesterday. I always enjoy St. Francis stories.