Lots of subs and suns today. And a lot more sexist words, but I haven't the heart to go into it today.
Writing . . . 20-page . . . essay . . . must . . . finish . . . here's a stoat.
Every week from the beginning of the year I have tried to shorten my posts, mark fewer words of interest. I fail. I can't help it. This exercise of reading the dang dictionary (which itself is a truncated, clipped version of the larger English language) has shown me how wondrously ignorant I am. It's nice to feel slightly less ignorant every week. But only very slightly. The frequency and variety of perennial herbs alone gets me every time.
To be a skank is not necessarily to be skanky. An important distinction. Also, a shout-out to the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computer, happening now—and totally sold out. See streaming of some sessions here.
This week is brought to you by the word scrabble, which means "to claw or grope about frantically." I don't connect the feelings I get when I'm clawing frantically at a rock face with the same feelings I experience during a Scrabble game, so I'm curious as to how Scrabble got its name.
Also, after reading seer/seeress, seminal, senhor/senhora, senor/senora/senorita, seraglio/serail, servitor, sexism, and sexpot this week in the Scrabble Dictionary, I have a few more things to say about sexist language (see Week 22 for earlier comments). These problems are not necessarily the fault of the compilers of the Scrabble Dictionary (although I am curious that savant is defined as "a man of profound learning"—only men can be savants?); they are part of a long and sordid story. I want to (and probably should) write a book about how to alleviate some inherently sexist and gender-imbalanced issues in the English language. I'd advocate for the following: