Culture and Society

Words Mean Real Things.

Is there a collective noun for a group of loudspeakers?

I don’t know if there is one. If there isn’t there should be one.

I propose a drone of loudspeakers. There is a bunch of them outside my window right now and they seem to be having a lot of fun.

Have you seen The Jackal?

Chances are you haven’t. Because if you had seen him, he would have killed you.

The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller by Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin, The Jackal, who is contracted by a French dissident paramilitary organization, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The novel is a much admired piece of writing. It received a 1972 Best Novel Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The book did a great deal for the creation of a special place in fiction for that special elusive kind of assassin.

It inspired two film adaptations, The Day of the Jackal in 1973 and a 1997 one called The Jackal. The 1973 one was rather good and the 1997 one, supposed to be a modern remake of the 1973 movie, is rather horrible.

Now, I personally detest remakes and reboots of all sorts but I can’t help think that they should attempt a decent adaptation of the source material itself.

And cast Michael Fassbender as The Jackal. Or maybe even, Jean Dujardin.



If that movie ever gets made, you will find me throwing money at the movie screens.

No one cares about the humble hyperbole anymore. This of course necessitates the use of modifiers like ‘more extra’. Which is not only incorrect but also a tad stupid. A distinct dialect even. Things like “extremely unique”, “free gift”.

“It doesn’t get better than this.”

the pulchritudinous podiatrist says it,
the decrepit dermatologist says it,
the bird and the bee says it,

The above verses are my attempt at contributing to the infinite scroll of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ song Babe, I’m On Fire.

I declare ‘pulchritudinous’ to be the word of the month.

It is an ugly word for beauty.

It also belongs to a special family of English words. All words in this family are unlike the meaning that they convey. Other members include big which is small and monosyllabic which is not monosyllabic at all. (They have other cousins, if you care to find out add them in the comments.)

baggins state of mind

“Well, all good stories deserve embellishment. You’ll have a tale or two to tell of your own when you come back.”
“…Can you promise that I will come back?”
“No. And if you do… you will not be the same.”

You know what I mean.


did you know that Spock sang about Bilbo Baggins?

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