24-Y by Roger

 



I don’t think I considered it until I took French in high school, but I realized at that point that standard English was deficient. While French has tu for second person singular and vous for second person plural, English uses the word you for both. I subsequently discovered that most languages followed the French rule, such as German du/ihr and Russian ty/vy.

So some groups have developed their own set of second person plural pronouns, such as y’all and yous. Some Australians, just like some Americans and some Brits, have for many years now been happily using valid second person plural pronouns. It helps in clear communication, allows succinctness of expression, and, sadly, has invariably been associated with a lack of education and low socio-economic status.

But it is not the failure of the speakers, it’s the failure of the language. These words do not reflect ignorance on the part of speakers who use them, but a legitimate linguistic development called leveling by morphological analogy, whereby missing pieces of the grammar are generated by analogy with other parts of grammar. In other words, people instinctively create words when the meaning would otherwise be ambiguous.

Thus English is lacking here, but it was not always so. The King James Bible, e.g. has a perfectly useful pairing, thou for singular, ye for plural. Over the years, however, the terms meshed.

My basic point is that perhaps we ought not to deride those people who have creatively addressed a linguistic need.

Twelve years ago, the TIME person of the year was YOU. Read all about it.

Here are three songs, all very different, called You:
Marvin Gaye
George Harrison
R.E.M.

I am hoping YOU will visit YOUR compatriots on the ABC Wednesday platform.

(Yes, I stole this post from myself in January 2011. If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!)

24-V by R o g e r

 

Jefferson R Kean, Office of Medical History

Are you full of VIM and VIGOR?

The term VIM and VIGOR means VITALITY, energy, robust health. Ebullient vitality and energy, as in “He was full of VIM and VIGOR after that swim.” This redundant expression uses both VIM and VIGOR in the sense of “energy” or “strength.”

The first word, VIM, means high energy, great enthusiasm. VIM first appeared in the United States in 1843. Some etymologists believe that VIM is derived from the Latin word VIS, which means strength, energy, power. However, other etymologists believe that the word VIM was simply invented. VIM is rarely seen outside the term VIM and VIGOR.

The word VIGOR also means VITALITY, energy, robust health. It dates from the 1300s and is derived from the Latin word VIGOREM, which means activity, liveliness.

Since the words VIM and VIGOR have the same meaning, the plural noun is known as a tautology. A tautology is a phrase or term that states the same idea twice using different words in order to strengthen the meaning. The term VIM and VIGOR first appeared in the mid-1800s, its use peaked in the 1940s. VIM and VIGOR is primarily an American term.

Why does “VIM” only exist with “VIGOR”? I know at least one example of VIM paired with other words: Pep, VIM, and VERVE.

I hope you have the VIM and VIGOR necessary to VISIT some of our new and VETERAN ABC Wednesday participants.

24-S by R o g e r

 

1960s fashionSince I’m in my sixties, I thought I’d note the signifance of those numbers:

60 – a composite number, with divisors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, and 60, making it a highly composite number. 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour. 60 Minutes is a very successful news program.

61– the number of home runs Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit in 1961 to break Babe Ruth’s record

62– in the US, you can collect Social Security at age 62. But, perhaps you shouldn’t

63 – the atomic number of the element europium

64– the square of 8, the cube of 4, and the sixth power of 2. WILL you still need me?

65– the smallest integer that can be expressed as a sum of two distinct positive squares in two ways, 65 = 8 squared + 1 squared = 7 squared + 4 squared.

66 – the total number of chapters in the Bible book of Isaiah. The total number of books in the Protestant edition of the Bible. My current age

67 – the sum of five consecutive primes (7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19)

68 – the largest known number to be the sum of two primes in exactly two different ways: 68 = 7 + 61 = 31 + 37

69 – a wager amount NOT allowed on the American quiz show JEOPARDY!

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24-P by R o g e r

ain't politics grandI was thinking about politics. Small-p politics.

The Wikipedia describes politics (from Ancient Greek: πολιτικά, translit. Politiká, meaning “affairs of the cities”) as “a set of activities associated with the governance of a country, or an area.

“It involves making decisions that apply to members of a group. It refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community, particularly a state.”

This is important stuff. I suppose it’s inevitable that human endeavors, especially those involving the exercise of power, have been defined in less than glowing terms. And this coming from an old political science major.

Still, I try to encourage every citizen who can to try to keep up with the political issues where you live. Contact your representatives. Express your opinion. Vote.

And some of those items also apply to ABC Wednesday. Contact your fellow contributors. Express your opinions about their posts. I hope they elect to do likewise.

 

24-N by R o g e r

Last Thursday, I wrote on Facebook: “You know when you feel so crummy that it takes you two hours to get enough energy to go to the drug store to get medicine so you can feel better? I do.”

It was NICE to stay in bed, all NESTLED in my covers. But I NEEDED something to make me feel NOT so bad. It is a NASTY ailment.

Then last Friday, my NICE wife took me to the urgent care place. And do you know what the diagnosis was? NOTHING!

OK, technically NOT true. I have “flu-like” symptoms. But NO flu, NO pneumonia. Well, NOT yet. A more specific appraisal may provide more NEWS.

I’m hoping y’all are feeling more NORMAL than I, well enough to go from NATION to NATION and visit your ABC Wednesday NEIGHBORS.

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24-M by R o g e r

Here’s a picture of a (fictional) MIGRANT from the planet Krypton to the planet Earth, specifically the United States of America. What’s the backstory?

“It was drawn by Superman comic book artist Wayne Boring around 1949, and it was stamped on a protective schoolbook cover (one of which recently sold at auction for $805) and a poster.

“But the comic is MORE than a quaint piece of Americana; it’s a relic from a largely forgotten nationwide tolerance MOVEMENT that swept the country for MORE than a decade. Powerful people in government also suspected Superman’s brand of patriotism was … anti-American propaganda…

“Educators deliberated how, and if, they should teach students to accept racial, cultural, and religious differences. After all, the ethnic MAKEUP of America was quickly changing. The first wave of the Great MIGRATION saw nearly 2 million African Americans move north and west to cities. While most classrooms remained segregated, even the whitest schools were increasingly mixed with the children of different immigrant groups.

“In 1938, the New York City Board of Education began requiring students to learn about how MULTIPLE groups contributed to American history. When World War II erupted one year later, the demand for tolerance education spiked. The New York Times reported in 1939 that ‘Instances were cited of teachers in New York City and elsewhere being ‘ridiculed, harassed and otherwise impeded’ by pupils under the influence of, and stimulated by, Nazi doctrine.’

“To nip foreign propaganda in the bud, schools across the country joined the tolerance MOVEMENT. MILITARY leaders encouraged it, too. They knew that American troops, many of them fresh out of school, would fight their best if they learned to set aside their differences.”

There’s MORE in this 2018 MENTAL Floss article. It’s interesting how this 70-year-old picture still MATTERS.

Of course, we want all kinds of people, no MATTER their MAKEUP, to MARVEL at that MATERIAL posted at ABC Wednesday.

 

 

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24-J by R o g e r

I was telling Melody that I didn’t think I’d have time to JOT down an introduction for the J. “My life has been such a JUMBLE lately. I still am doing Black History Month stuff at church. I have to JABBER about demographic information without using too much JARGON at the Chamber of Commerce.”

Melody advised me that she has confidence in me. “JEEZE! But I’ve run out of JUICE. I’ve been to five funerals in this calendar year already this year. And it it’s too cold to JOG.

“Moreover, I have to JUGGLE a trip to New York City, work on a Book and Author event, prepare a webinar on sales tax for my JOB, though I am JAZZED about it. I’m looking for something to JETTISON.”

Maybe next time I can JAW about something.

 

24-G by R o g e r

Its-not-easy-bein-green-w-KermitHaving been Green my whole life, I know the wisdom of the song first sung by the great philosopher Kermit the Frog.

It’s not that easy bein’ green
Having to spend each day the
color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer
bein’ red or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that

“Bein’ Green” was written by Joe Raposo and was originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

It’s not easy bein’ green
It seems you blend in with so
many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
Not standin’ out like flashy
sparkles on the water
Or stars in the sky

It has been covered by a number of performers such as Ray Charles. Van Morrison, and Frank Sinatra.

But green is the color of Spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like an ocean
Or important like a mountain
Or tall like a tree

“Bein’ Green” was sung by Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) at the two memorial services for Jim Henson in 1990.

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder, why wonder?
I am green and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be

 

 

24-D by R o g e r

D is for doors and my late dad.

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Back in May of 2014, I participated in this ninety-minute writing class from a woman named Diane Cameron. Among many other things, she’s a freelance writer who appears in the local newspaper regularly.

The directive was to think of three doors that were important in your life. Then you write about one of them for four minutes. And by “writing,” this means not taking the pen off the paper, not editing, just letting the words take us where they would.

The first door was the outside door Continue reading

24-A by R o g e r

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macounWelcome to Round 24. The number 24 is so magical that several people have created games involving it, such as this one. “Be the first player to make 24 with all 4 numbers on the card. You can add, subtract, multiply or divide. You have to use all four numbers.”

Since I’ve done this letter before, maybe once or twice, let’s get back to basics: A is for an apple a day, an old Welsh proverb.

Apples: Health benefits, facts, research

Apples were ranked first in Medical News Today’s featured article about the top 10 healthy foods.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.
The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

What’s New and Beneficial About Apples

Researchers have long been aware of the potential for apple consumption to support balanced populations of bacteria in our lower digestive tract. However, two areas of recent research have taken our understanding of apples and gut bacteria to a new level.

The Best Apples, Ranked

My favorite eating apple is the Macoun, which is related to the MacIntosh. What’s your favorite apple to eat or bake with?

My favorite meme is ABC Wednesday, which was cooked up some 11.5 years ago by Denise Nesbitt. It was fried up by me for five years (Rounds 11-20) and for the past few rounds, Melody has been at the oven. ABCW is tastier and more nutritious when you visit your fellow bloggers and leave comments