Thursday, July 17, 2008

Memo to OBambi: Words Mean Things~!

Words fascinate me. The importance and the impact of words, their histories, their usages and meanings.
Some words are homonyms, meaning the two words sound alike, but have different meanings. But there are others, which sound alike, but have opposite meanings.
Like "to raze" and "to raise". Or "band" and "banned". These are called "contranyms".

And so like, wow dude! I know that there are (at least) two English adjectives which are used only with, ya know, like two other, specific English nouns, and very rarely used with others. Four reel!

They are "Inclement" (for "Weather"), and "Blithering" (for "Idiot").
Here's an example of the ladder, a
blithering - - - - -, talking about Iraq:

If elected, dis guy will brang an inclement future to the United States, in years too come.


Don Smith said...

I has no komments about misthah obammer, but i did like this piece on the languages. fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs forwrad it.

There! Take that you nasty ol’ spellin checker!

still is hot hears in Okiehomuh.


GRANNY said...

Hey, he looks like Spock in that pic.

Jungle Mom said...

don, I can read it. is it true that only 55 people out of 100 can?

The Localmalcontent said...

Dob, Speel Cherke iz hour fiend.