The origin of this phrase isn't what I would have thought. Eggs are a beginning for birds, but the phrase comes from a different beginning involving eggs.ab ovo, phr.From the (very) beginning.Cf. Hor. Sat. i. 3. 6 ab ouo usque ad mala ‘from the egg to the apples’, alluding to the Roman custom of beginning … Continue reading Which came first?
Don't think those words belong together? See if you still think that way after reading this article by Theodore Dalrymple. It's all about the utter incompetence of the government that thinks it is omnicompetent.
I've never been a big fan of Michael Jordan. I know he was a talented player and all that, but I didn't really like the Bulls, they stopped the Sonics the last time the Sonics made it to the NBA Finals and I get the impression that he's a lot more ruthless than his carefully … Continue reading Jordan, bleh.
I asked if there was another example, and here one is.abominable, a. (and adv.)[...In med.L. and OFr., and in Eng. from Wyclif to 17th c., regularly spelt abhominable, and explained as ab homine, quasi ‘away from man, inhuman, beastly,’ a derivation which influenced the use and has permanently affected the meaning of the word. No … Continue reading Snowmen and otherwise
An absolutely fascinating article on the way praise for children can actually be harmful to their self-esteem, and their willingness and ability to try new things and persevere. It seems that good, old-fashioned emphasis on effort and not giving up is much more valuable for kids. (And probably for adults, too.)And the results aren't minuscule. … Continue reading I really like the fact that you read each post thoroughly.
How does one read? And, more to the point, perhaps, how should one read? A quick stab at answering the question is that it really doesn't matter too much if we don't read everything that we "ought" to read, as long as we take a stab at it and see if the book "takes" or … Continue reading To read or not to read
This is an example (via AL Daily)of the irritating kind of atheist. He at once combines snobbishness, condescension and hostility and dispenses it with a dismissive and patronising tone. His arguments against faith are childish and weak and his apparent inability to argue from his opponent's viewpoint will cripple him anytime he tries to convince. … Continue reading Atheist Irritation
I didn't know this sort of thing happened. Perhaps why one sometimes sees certain birds in places one never expects to see them.abmigration(See quots.) Hence abmigrate v. intr.1923 A. L. THOMSON in Brit. Birds XVI. 276 Some such term as ‘abmigration’ might perhaps be used to describe the northward departure in spring, for a new … Continue reading For the birds.
I've been re-reading a lot of the Aubrey-Maturin series lately, and this does sound like what it is. (And I apologise that it's a little late.)able-whackets‘A popular sea-game with cards, wherein the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors.’ Smyth … Continue reading Coolest name for a card game. Ever.
From the inestimable AL Daily (which I haven't been reading as I should for quite some time) comes the link to the this story about one of the greater musical frauds. I'm shocked that it took this long for it to get caught. I would have thought that someone would have gotten suspicious when they … Continue reading And people fell for it.