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From Reader’s Digest Sept/2017

Let me “run” this by you:

Run is the most complicated word in the English language. It has only 3 letters but more than 645 potential meanings, gives its chief competitors, set and put a run for their money. According to the Oxford English Dictionary editor, it took nine months of work to record all possibilities (a “run” of a pregnancy!).

So how long of a list can you run off?

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Posted: January 11, 2018 in Fun with words
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From Reader’s Digest 9-2017, Life in These United States

The game card said: “Name three wars.” My daughter’s response: “Civil War, Revolutionary War, and Star Wars.” – Amy Casella

Fun with Words

Posted: November 10, 2017 in Fun with words

Megahurts

If you are an employee at a high-tech firm you might be suffering from:

appleplexy

dot.coma

cybermyalgia

IPOchondria

appsphyxia

Fun With Words

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Fun with words

Here are some colorful sayings I heard recently

I love baseball and this is what a commentator said of a player:

“He had all the energy of youth but was as dumb as a box of rocks.”

 

A radio commentator said this on a hot day:

“It’s another put your bra in the freezer Friday.”

Fun With Words

Posted: May 25, 2017 in Fun with words

How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

What a difference the location of a little “:” can make

THE ART OF TASTING PARKING:”

The subject header of the e-mail had it correctly placed “The Art of Tasting: Parking at lot 4A”

but I got a chuckle out of the rewrite in the body ( Are VWs sweeter than Subarus?)

The winter 2016 issue of Urban Agenda Magazine had a very interesting article about the then newly completed “Oculus” at Ground Zero. Built in stages, it is NYC’s newest transportation hub, a fact you can really miss if you walk its many confusing passageways. Yes they all lead to the many subway connections (sorry no free transfers) and the NY/NJ Path train but it lacks any of the feel of a train station or airport. White and sterile, when I first visited it I nick named it an inverted whale skeleton. Well the article is this magazine “Inspiration In the Big Apple” goes further with colorful and descriptive phrasing.

The article’s author, Ellen Gilbert gives a good, many paragraph background on the architect Santiago Calarava, but it’s the quotes that produce the phrases that tickled my writer’s funny bone.

Here are some outtakes:

Amy Plitt, writer for nycurbed.com, says “sure to be Instagram catnip” because of its photogenic unique design.

Joan Gonchar, writer for Architectural Digest,is quoted as saying, “this subterranean drama doesn’t translate into coherence above ground.” And goes on to state, “the building which has been likened to everything from a stegosaurus to a porcupine to a Thanksgiving turkey carcass, is ill at ease on its site.”

Calavera is also the architect for the replacement at Ground Zero of the historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 9/11. Archbishop Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, said in this article that he hoped the nondenominational bereavement center in the church would “project something that will open a window to eternity.”

Whether “catnip” or a “window to eternity”, it’s always refreshing to read an article that has fun with words.