August 23, 2007 Bonus Blog
Fallout from our darn language:
News From The Front Lines
“Eileen Biggs from Telford Stropshire England called to subscribe to TW for her husband, Malcolm. They visited Tucson and Tombstone in July and picked up some TW magazines there. She said her husband has read the issues they got cover to cover.”
—Carole Compton Glenn
"I have this picture of two Frenchmen talking. One produces a fiddle from under his coat and says 'Viola!' And the other one says 'What the f**k are you talking about?'
"C'est voila, Monsieur, when you wish to say 'there it is/you are!'
"Better still is 'Stropshire' the wonderful new British location Carole has invented. Over Here, 'stroppy' means argumentative, pushy, in-yer-face. That there might be a whole county of stroppy Brits conjures up a delightful kaleidoscope of hostile shopkeepers who either refuse to serve you or shortchange you, tradesmen who won't come out when you call them, innkeepers who delight in turning away would-be guests, and the like. No doubt Mr and Mrs Biggs of Shropshire could tell you more.
"Souss Amer-ee-ca, take it awaaaaaayy!"
"Read your blog for the day (what can I say? I'm addicted - so tell Kathy & whoever else to "shut it!"). Anyway, that English lady that called for the subscription for her husband is from Telford, Shropshire, not Stropshire - and don't you dare say shire as in hire... it sounds like sure.
"How do I know, other than being brilliant? Been there (when I was stationed in England) and have pictures of the infamous bridge @ Ironbridge Gorge (Severn Gorge) which has the worlds first iron bridge - build 1779. And this area is called the "birthplace of the industrial revolution."
Classic Onion Headline de Jour
Study: Watching Fewer Than Four Hours Of TV A Day Impairs Ability To Ridicule Pop Culture
"The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall."
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