Monday, October 16, 2006

Diagnosis: glassy eyes and apoplexy due to incipient logorrhea

The month of November has been designated National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, by Fussy. Participants commit to posting a blog entry every single day during that month, even if it's just a picture or an inarticulate squawk. I'm up for it. At least it's less masochistic than its progenitor, NaNoPoMo, where you commit to writing a total of 50,000 words in one month, or about 175 pages of a novel -- from scratch. This is a great way to overcome writer's block, as the organizers cheerfully note, "Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality... Make no mistake: you will be writing a lot of crap." That is, of course, assuming you actually have the time to type that many words in one month that make any sort of sense at all.

What the jargon on "ER" used to sound like
Yes, we have HIV, cancer and plenty of other unsavory ailments, but there used to be a lot more, and they had some intriguing names. Ever wondered about apoplexy, catarrh, chilblains, mortification, flux of humor, scrivener's palsy or sanguineous crust? Now you know. Many of the terms are still current, including some that still sound hopelessly medieval, such as "confinement." This refers to a woman's period of labor, childbirth and recovery. When I was pregnant, my doctor had a large green index card listing all my vital stats, including a space near the bottom labeled "EDC." I asked her about it -- turns out it stands for "estimated date of confinement," i.e., due date. Wow, an old-fashioned medical term that doesn't even involve Latin!

Shameless thievery
Mimi Smartypants included these links on a recent post and I can't resist passing them on...
The 70s! The vests! Ohhhh the humanity.

Fonts that suck... why are there so many -- demand and supply? If so, exactly what sort of writers or designers are demanding them?

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