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Envy, jealousy, and puke: Why all green?

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-06-13 11:12

I was wondering earlier why the predominant color of Islam is green. This led me to wondering why it's also associated with emotions like envy and jealousy. Here are a few of the fruits of my dig deep down into the "emerald mine of knowledge" that is the Internet.

From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice:


Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-05-25 17:48

Insomnia is a Christopher Nolan film starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank. The film is effectively a psychological suspense murder thriller where the good guy has to - through a series of circumstance - work with the bad guy. Pacino and Williams are top notch and Swank is a little overeager. The plot is, even if a little contrived, intriguing, and the dialogue delivery well above par.

John Carter

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-05-23 00:22

John Carter is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' (of Tarzan fame) 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars. I haven't read the book. However, keeping the age of the story in mind, this movie is highly entertaining, if very Hollywood-sy. The story is a nice blend of sci-fi and fantasy with a decent plot and a nice twist at the end. The action is mostly good, the humour mostly funny and the clichés mostly bearable. But the acting could have been better.

Minuscule vs. Miniscule - Spelling evolution

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2012-05-22 03:30

Every now and then I find myself subconsciously typing miniscule when I should actually be typing minuscule. I know that the latter is the correct spelling. Nevertheless, the former is so widely used nowadays that, and a lot of sources back this, it has become the spelling of choice when it comes to non-literary (colloquial) usage. Seeing it used so widely and so often is impressed on my brain and I literally can't help myself spell it that way when I'm in .. auto mode.

Get the Gringo

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-05-11 01:38

Mel Gibson is an unnamed driver driving a getaway car full of money and a dying (and soon dead) accomplice being chased by the police very near the Mexican border. Rather than being caught on US soil, he intentionally crashes through a border fence into Mexico. The cops on the other side (who were also following along) while initially happy to hand over the two American nationals back, change their minds upon seeing the money. They decide to keep it for themselves and hush Gibson up by imprisoning him in 'El Pueblito', a notorious prison controlled by criminals.

Exclamatory question marks / Introducing the interrobang

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2008-10-06 01:16

While trying to explain the use of the "exclamatory question mark", i.e., the "?!" used at the end of some sentences, I was a little nonplussed when asked if it was really named something so ... verbose. As far as I remember, I've been calling them exclamatory question marks. But it certainly is a mouthful, isn't it?! (sic)

In flagrante?

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2008-06-06 14:44

Just now, I came across the phrase "in flagrante" while reading a review of Paris Hilton's album Paris. You might ask what the fuck I was doing reading a review of an album by the embodiment of idiocy, immaturity, marketability and a whole host of STDs, but that's a discussion for another day.

Anyway, the sentence in question was the following:

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2007-04-25 10:36

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Pronunciation of 'cache'

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-04-22 23:15

I have, for years now, always pronounced the word cache as kaysh. I have encountered a few people over the years who pronounced it more like cash or even cashay and worse (catch?), and more often than not, I have brought them into the fold—so to speak—by convincing them that kaysh was correct. However, after something close to an argument with a female grammar Nazi (yes, you know it's true!) colleague, we decided to set the matter at rest by doing some research. Desafortunadamente, (and to my keenly felt embarrassment) I lost :/


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