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#90410 - 12/30/02 05:52 PM Re: Flash (sort of)  
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There seems to be quite a bit of knee-jerk reaction to this pc thing in here. - magimaria

Oh dear I was afraid this thread would turn to knee-jerking. I wonder who's comments were the knee-jerking ones. Surely not mine. Yeah I know that sometimes I act before I think, and yeah, I know that I put up a tough-guy front that invites insensitive comments, but my tough-guy image is only a front for the loving caring sensitive person that is the real me. I am like everyone else, a human being with real feelings. And even if it is true, it hurts me deeply when someone calls what I write "knee jerk".

Wait! Maybe it was faldage who reacted Knee-jerk.

Naw, the last man who called faldage a "jerk" is wearing the impression of a camera on his forehead.

Oh well, I give up. Hey Magimaria! Which one of us had a knee-jerk reaction to PC ?




#90411 - 12/30/02 06:19 PM Re: Flash (sort of)  
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Hey Milum: Why didn't you ask where "knee jerk" came from. It is one of those stupid parts
of a physical exam that is ttraditional, but very unlikely to yield and useful information. It is
part of neurological exam, and involve tapping the tendon just below the kneecap, which is
supposed to elicit brief contraction of quadriceps (I think). Long ago late stages of syphilis
might disable it. I can't think of anything else of much interest about it. I used to give
examiners a bad time, because mine is not readily elicited. I assured you Treponema pallidum
has never been a pal of mine. Actually I guess the cute little corkscrews got a new name. I'll
have to go check on that. Reminds me of definiton of alimony - the f-ing you get for the
f-ing you got. The corkscrews you get.......


#90412 - 12/30/02 06:34 PM Re: Flash (sort of)  
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Dear Imbiber (milum),

Well, all of us really. I didn't expect such a knee-jerk reaction to my impudent 'knee-jerk' comment. We just all seemed to be getting a bit overly involved in this one....And I can't remember which comments provoked that out of me (could it have be the revered 'wow'?) but I doubt it was you. And of course, I would not have been referring to 'FALDAGE, The Magnificent', who appears to be the great Wizard of Oz in here. I certainly would not want to incur his wrath (I'm not really worried here. He doesn't acknowledge me!)

So, don't get me in trouble. I think, in fact, it may have been Juan, who usually is a bit less prickly then in this particular thread.

But, dear friends, as I am no longer a stranger(!), please take no offense at the ramblings of a little 'newbie'

maria

ps I'm still waiting for your treatise on speleogenisis....perhaps in the new year?....


#90413 - 12/30/02 07:04 PM Re: overloading  
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Obviously the "n" word is offensive (think it was WO'N said this?)

but NOT "niggardly," tsuwm. One of my brothers used this word in a meeting and was blasted for being racist; but the word actually has no racist connotations.

niggard: n. & adj.
n. mean or stingy person
adj. archaic = NIGGARDLY [Middle English, alteration of earlier (obsolete) nigon, prob. of Scandinavian origin: compare NIGGLE]


niggardly: adj. & adv.
1. stingy, parsimonious
2. meagre, scanty
adv. in a stingy or meagre manner


niggle: v. & n.
v. 1. intr. be over-attentive to details. 2. intr. find fault in a petty way. 3. tr. informal irritate; nag pettily.
n. a trifling complaint or criticism; a worry or annoyance. [apparently of Scandinavian origin: compare Norwegian nigla]


niggling: adj.
1. troublesome or annoying in a petty way.
2. trifling or petty.


If only the thought police were merely niggling. Unfortunately, they have far too much power.


#90414 - 12/30/02 07:45 PM Re: overloading  
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While the Perpetrators of Correctness are numberous and vociferous, they are not bright enough
or brave enough to withstand a generous dose of ridicule which we must supply.


#90415 - 12/30/02 07:49 PM Re: overloading  
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but NOT "niggardly," tsuwm.... the word actually has no racist connotations.

I believe tsuwm is well aware of this, honey, as I guess are most of his interlocutors.


#90416 - 12/30/02 08:34 PM Re: Flash (sort of)  
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I think, in fact, it may have been Juan, who usually is a bit less prickly then in this particular thread.


Prickly?...hmmm...


#90417 - 12/30/02 08:35 PM Re: Three Kings  
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Bemused by the dichotomy of this thread, I shall simply offer the Zildian version of the above-named Xmas classic:


We three kings of Orient are
One on a tractor, two in a car
One on a scooter
Tooting his hooter
Following yonder star
Oh, oh
Star of wonder
Star of light
Star of bewdy, she'll be right
Star of glory, that's the story
Following yonder star . .



#90418 - 12/30/02 08:49 PM Re: Three Kings  
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alright, already!





formerly known as etaoin...
#90419 - 12/30/02 08:51 PM Vicissitudes of Davids  
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"We just all seemed to be getting a bit overly involved in this one...."

Man, you ain't seen nothin', yet.

...oh, and yes, Juan comes from WO'n, but the real question is 'where does it go'.


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