11 August 2010

around and around redux (*)

So I'm sitting in this meeting and someone drops a paper in front of me, titled (roughly) "Options for solutions to issues around etc etc..." so I immediately cross out "around" and substitute "of".

Then the person comes back and picks up the paper, apologises for having given it to me and drops it in front of a person about 3 chairs down.

So I get up and go down there and point out my vandalism to both of them. Then the person for whom the paper was actually intended and I have a discussion about vandalism of language, in which I explain my distaste for this trend of misusing "around.

Then the person tells me about her hatred of apostrophe misuse and how she has educated her children to be on the lookout for such misuse.

Then we both punch the air and yell "pedants rule OK!" and I return to my chair.

I do so like meetings.

(*) Had you ever heard or read the word "redux" before blogs were invented?


Ann ODyne said...

Yes. Rabbit Redux, a novel of yonks ago.
what a crazy town.

phil said...

Oh yes, Mr Updike. Gorgot about that one.

OK, what about "redacted"?

Marshall-Stacks said...

first heard of redacted in 80's when i got the andy warhol diaries redacted by Pat Hackett.

I did know of and use xenophobe well before that TV journo flung it at Miz Hanson.

phil said...

I was going to reply but got utterly distrcated by the WV artifact which is "psykn".

Too fuckin right, as some are wont to say. Anyway, great name for a band or a bogan offspring. Toodle-pip.

Ann ODyne said...

muyst share this recommend of AGB Tony:

@Discographies - on Twitter - discographies in 140 charas:

Bob Dylan: 1 Woody; 2, 3 ambition; 4 pot; 5-7 speed; 8-9 pot; 10-11 AJ Weberman; 12-16 booze; 17-19 Jesus; 20-27 pot; 28 death; 29-32 pot.

The Doors: 1st, 2nd) mostly tolerable; 3rd) adequate, poppy; 4th) appalling; 5th) unmemorable; 6th) overpraised; 7th, 8th) unforced errors.

The Beatles: 1st-4th) recorded in black & white; 5th-8th) the drugs kick in; 9th/10th/12th) entropy; 11th) invents ELO & Oasis by accident.

Devo: 1st/2nd LPs) spazzy-funny dystopia; 3rd) has the hit; 4th/5th) the formula congeals; 6th-10th) hoist upon own de-evolutionary petard.

Lad Litter said...

Never heard redux before the Apocalypse Now follow up. Everyone at my work "has a conversation, at this point in time"

Irregardless of who they are. Especially when they're in agreeance.

geoff said...

I look on the bright side that when archeoligists dig up the documents of our times, all the mobile phones will have flat batteries and they will not think that they have discovered a new language when reading text messages. I want a pedant T-shirt too!

Marshall-Stacks said...

This adorer of St. Don of Watson, most particularly goes berzonkers when I hear Talking Heads of our visual news media say, as they very often do (and I can hardly bear the typing of) watching on

*runs away from sight of it*

phil said...

It's not just us either, folks.

child #2 said...

I would just like too totes like say that like you have taught me well and stuff for writing, like I can get a seven at uni because you taught me about how to write and stuff yeah. its sick.

phil said...

And you would be who, exactly?

*WV="hecomac." The person who is Mr McCarthy.

Marshall-Stacks said...

"who exactly?"

jeepers Phil - your kids have found the blog.

please get new location and let us know by email where to go.
pyrenees at the Gmail

phil said...

If you leave me, can I come too. We're joined at the hip, that's where the wallet is located.

No rilly, I luvs themz.

Marshall-Stacks said...

redacted by me, some semantic redux:

1. BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

2. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

3. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard

4. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

5. CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

6. PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

7. MOUSE POTATO: The on-line generation's answer to the couch potato.

8. SITCOMS: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

9. STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

10. SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

11. XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.

12. IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are Annoying but you find your self unable to stop watching them.

13. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

14. ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

15. 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested site could not be located.

16. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

17. OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

18. WOOFS: Well-Off Older Folks.

19. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

Posted by DeansDailyBlog on 2010-04-23

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