Ukraine Diplomacy? ~ Quick Limerick

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To weigh ones words with skills of diplomat?
(No willful ill-will to jazz singer hepcat)
“HEY Putin! BUG-OUT posthaste!”
“You’re intestinal waste!”
Be it verb or noun, word, here, is “SCAT!”

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Etymology:

scat 1 |skat|
verb (scats, scatting, scatted) [no object] informal
go away; leave: Scat! Leave me alone.
ORIGIN
mid 19th century: perhaps an abbreviation of scatter, or perhaps from the sound of a hiss (used to drive an animal away) + -cat.


scat 2 |skat| (also scat singing)
noun
improvised jazz singing in which the voice is used in imitation of an instrument.
verb (scats, scatting, scatted) [no object]
sing using the voice in imitation of an instrument.
ORIGIN
1920s: probably imitative.


scat 3 |skat|
noun
droppings, especially those of carnivorous mammals.
ORIGIN
1950s: from Greek skōr, skat- ‘dung’; compare with scatology.

Oxford American Writer’s Dictionary / Thesaurus

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The Fragile Fragile CD

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Up till two days ago, “scratching” had two musically oriented connotations; namely, the vinyl spinning, hip hop DJ artists’ technique AND (as any audiophile can attest), how those very vinyl LP and 45 “platters” oft serve up a multiple course meal’s worth of scratchy anomalies akin to the “Rice Krispies” snaps, crackles and pops (especially perceptible whenever the stylus starts tracking thru lower dB, acoustic movements.

Well, I now know of an entirely new, third meaning of “scratching” and that’s got me scratching my own noggin in wonderment. Check out how this etymological expansion played out…

Upon cuing up the progressive rock band, Yes’ 4th album (titled Fragile), I had no sooner engaged the CD player’s PB button than my ears were besieged by a scratchy din; worse than anything I’d have ever expected from its distant, vinyl ancestor.

Having totally bought into that eons old “CDs Are Forever” vow and utterly disbelieving what my own ears were telling me, I actually began troubleshooting everything; starting with a visual inspection of the disc for fingerprints. With none evident, next came the entire systems check; my sleuthing the cable “spaghetti” for any breaks / loose connections between amp, audio board and speakers. Again, no probs.

A few quick tests of some randomly selected CD’s all netted crystal clear playbacks; leaving me with the only possible conclusion. In essence, this Yes disc was a No go. Somehow, it had been corrupted; but by what?

Well, all it took was one Google search to instantly reveal an eerily similar account…

“Michele Youket, a Library of Congress preservation specialist, plays a CD of classical piano rhapsodies by Erno Dohnanyi. It crackles, and eventually the sound just cuts out. This is a variant of what’s called ‘CD rot’, Youket explains. In this case. it’s what’s called ‘bronzing’. The outer coating of the CD erodes, leaving a silver layer exposed. And when you leave silver exposed, it tarnishes.”

NPR Reporter Laura Sydell • August 18, 2014 / 5:21 PM ET • [Read Full Article] [access Podcast, too.]

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“So it’s actually changing the composition, and that’s why you hear the scratching there.”

Michele Youket

The odd thing, here, is, in spite of this Yes Fragile album’s 1971 release date, I’ve only owned the CD reissue for a short time and, consequently, there have not been all that many playbacks. Even odder is how there’s no noticeable “bronzing”. There’s got to be some other, at yet to be discovered, damaging agent in play.

While it’s true that I’m a staunch champion of truth in advertising, this is the one rare exception where I wish that a disc titled Fragile had not wound up so fragile.

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Offensive Fences and Walls

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One of my newfound WP compatriots employs a clever method to come up with a prompt word; i.e., to inspire some of his posts. He randomly selects and opens a book and, without looking, simply lets his extended finger land on the page!

Voilà, he’s found his “word”.

And on this new day, his prompt and now, mine too, becomes: Wall

For a left leaning man, such as I, there’s an instantaneous, free association with a freedom loathing X-prez who’s also an inveterate xenophobe.

As most of us are all too painfully aware, throughout his odious tenure, he was obsessed with making good on his bad (actually awful, deplorable) campaign promise of constructing a big, badass, electrified, spiked wall along the U.S. / Mexico border. And if memory serves, he also wanted to dredge out a moat, alongside, and stock that water filled barrier with fanged, venomous snakes and take-no-prisoners ravenous, carnivorous alligators.

Alas, memory serves well.

Long exasperated sigh.

Well, now that I’ve caught my breath, let’s let this wall issue promptly move our thoughts in a more humane direction…

Let’s address the defensive attitudes, which prompt people to erect invisible walls around themselves; just as formidable and impenetrable as the brick and mortar variety; the very type that get in the way of human understanding; the awareness that, deep down, most of us are more alike than different from one another.

The walls that inhibit problem solving, and, yes, even friendship and love.

Let’s deconstruct the word “defensive”, itself, right down to its root, “fense” and then sub in the letter “c”

Voilà, the word “fence” emerges; yet, another type of wall.

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Hot Off the Press Political Lexicon!

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Preface #1: For the benefit of any of my readers, who dwell far away from the American political scene and/or who don’t dwell on politics at all, the acronym, DINO, stands for Democrat(s) In Name Only.

Preface #2: The Stateside political schism has become so razor sharp, that even my merely typing about this risks inflicting figurative, disfiguring, bleeding, painful paper-cuts on my fingers. At issue, is how bygone monikers, such as Democrat and Republican, simply don’t “cut it” anymore. My working thru the problem, this early Sunday a.m., has generated the following, long overdue, bipartisan rebranding / truth in advertising, etymological updates:

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Etymology Update: Democratic Party (negative connotation)

  • Ahem-o-crat: terminology to both vocalize and designate All Things DINO
  • Chem-o-crat: the down-player of CO2 / Methane triggered climate change
  • Dilemm-o-crat: one who (needlessly) roils up resolution defying problems
  • Lemon-o-crat: the bad actor, who instigates buyers’ remorse amongst voters
  • Memo-crat: a stickler who’s totally bogged down by parliamentary procedure
  • Phlegm-o-crat: a DINO channeling an inordinately snotty Republican mindset
  • REM-o-crat: an asleep at the switch, in need of a wake up call, catatonic Dem
  • System-o-crat: a corrupt corporatist, who acts-up in a non-progressive manner
  • Tempo-crat: a time waster, lackluster, lollygagger, clock-watcher, ne’er-do-well
  • Temp-o-crat: an Election Year chameleon, who only appears to be a Democrat

Etymology Update: Democratic Party (positive connotation)

  • Fem-o-crat: a genuinely liberated feminist, independent of one’s gender identity
  • Gem-o-crat: a genuinely progressive Democrat, who’s in league with The Squad

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Etymology Update: Republican Party (negative connotation)

  • Re-publi-ban (Def #1): a traitor, who’ll praise the Taliban just to spite President Biden
  • Re-publi-ban (Def #2): a knee-jerk jerk, who summarily dismisses the Dem’s agenda
  • Re-pubic-can (Def #1): one who takes indecent liberties with his victims (of all ages)
  • Re-pubic-can (Def #2): the putz who’s a dense, myopic, liberty-loathing, sycophant
  • Re-publi-can’t: the blocker of all policies working towards the betterment of society
  • Re-publi-fan: a white elephant, sycophant, cultist-insurrectionist, who idolizes Trump
  • Re-publi-ghan: an Afghanistan War junkie, who’s now suffering withdrawal symptoms
  • Re-publi-Klan: a seething, bristling with ugly racism and sexism Trumper Republican
  • Re-publi-Mann: a flesh peddler/pedophile/rapist; a violator of humans / The Mann Act
  • Re-publi-no-bran: the badly constipated between the ears asshat Trumper Republican
  • Re-publi-pan: any anti-vaxxer / anti-masker pandemic prolonging Trumper Republican
  • Re-publi-stan: the chickenhawk warmonger, who’d attack any nation ending in “stan”

Etymology Update: Republican Party (positive connotation)

  • Re-publi-can-do: an amenable Republican (last seen in the thick of the 50s Eisenhower Era)

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