The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Vocab for the day

Courtesy of Slate and this article on inaugural addresses, combined with the mentioning of vocabulary in yesterday's review, I bring you the word chiasmus. It means, "a grammatical figure by which the order of words in one of two of parallel clauses is inverted in the other" (Oxford English Dictionary) (via because I am lazy).

It even gets its own website,

Anyways, it's pretty awesome and I realized that chiasmi (what an awesome plural!) provide some of my favorite jokes and quotes:

"Why do we drive on a parkway
and park on a driveway?"

-- Richard Lederer
"He does not possess wealth;
it possesses him."
-- Ben Franklin

That's all for now. Hope that provides sufficient erudition until I can thinking of something original.


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