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3:53 AM
Etymology of the day: gimp -- Attested since about 1660, perhaps from Dutch gimp or French guimpe, and likely from Old French guimpre, a variant of guipure, a kind of trimming.
Gimp is a narrow ornamental trim used in sewing or embroidery. It is made of silk, wool, polyester, or cotton and is often stiffened with metallic wire or coarse cord running through it. Gimp is used as trimming for dresses, curtains, furniture, etc. Originally the term referred to a thread with a cord or wire in the center, but now is mainly used for a trimming braided or twisted from this thread. Sometimes gimp is covered in beads or spangles. == History == The term "gimp" for a braided trim has been around since the 15th and 16th centuries, when gimp threads were braided into flat braids up...
4:16 AM
Fish of the day: anadromous fish
> The name Wold is derived from the Old English wald meaning "forest", (cognate of German Wald, but unrelated to English "wood", which has a different origin).[1] Wold is an Anglian form of the word, as in other parts of England, different variations can be found.[3]

Over the years the meaning changed from "forest" to "high forest land". When the forests were cleared, the name was retained and applied to upland areas in general. This was particularly true in the Cotswolds, the Lincolnshire Wolds and also the Yorkshire Wolds.[1]
@CowperKettle Wodewoses
The wild man, wild man of the woods, or woodwose/wodewose is a mythical figure and motif that appears in the art and literature of medieval Europe, comparable to the satyr or faun type in classical mythology and to Silvanus, the Roman god of the woodlands. The defining characteristic of the figure is its "wildness"; from the 12th century, it was consistently depicted as being covered with hair. Images of wild men appear in the carved and painted roof bosses where intersecting ogee vaults meet in Canterbury Cathedral, in positions where one is also likely to encounter the vegetal Green Man. The...
The Drúedain are a fictional race of Men, living in the Drúadan Forest, in the Middle-earth legendarium created by J. R. R. Tolkien. They were counted among the Edain who made their way into Beleriand in the First Age, and were friendly to the Elves. In The Lord of the Rings, they assist the Riders of Rohan to avoid ambush on the way to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The Drúedain are based on the mythological woodwoses, the wild men of the woods of Britain and Europe; the Riders of Rohan indeed call them woses. == Names and etymology == Within Tolkien's fiction, the Drúedain call themselves...
> The Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, a philologist like Tolkien, notes that the office at Leeds University which both men used (at different times), is near Woodhouse Moor, which, as "would not have escaped Tolkien", is a modern misspelling of Wood-Wose, Old English wudu-wāsa.
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, ( WOOD-howss; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English writer and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. His creations include the feather-brained Bertie Wooster and his sagacious valet, Jeeves; the immaculate and loquacious Psmith; Lord Emsworth and the Blandings Castle set; the Oldest Member, with stories about golf; and Mr Mulliner, with tall tales on subjects ranging from bibulous bishops to megalomaniac movie moguls. Born in Guildford, the third son of a British magistrate based in Hong Kong, Wodehouse spent happy teenage years...
Wodehouse is an English surname and barony. The baronetcy was created in 1611, the barony in 1797. Since 1866 it has been held by the Earl of Kimberley, the current Baron Wodehouse being John Wodehouse, 5th Earl of Kimberley (born 1951). == History == The name "de Wodehouse" is attested as early as in the 11th century, of one Bertram, of Wodehouse-tower, Yorkshire, who lived at the time of the Norman conquest.An elaborate pedigree of the Wodehouse family of Norfolk is on record beginning with Sir David Wodehouse (b.1053) Father of Sir Constantine de Wodehouse (b.1080) -who was married to Lady...
> The native English term for "wild man", woodwose (from a putative Old English *wude-wāsa "wood-being"), has been transformed to woodhouse by popular etymology due to their appearance as supporters in the Woodhouse coat of arms.
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7:17 AM
> In half the trials, smiling muscles were activated at the onset of seeing a face with a neutral expression. It emerged that electrically inducing a weak smile in a participant for 500 milliseconds was enough to induce the perception of happiness in the photo.
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11:13 AM
@CowperKettle A smile suggests happiness, what a surprise!
@jlliagre It's a surprise because the smile was not produce through the subjects' own volition, but stimulated externally, which theoretically should not have affected the subjects' perception
@CowperKettle I'm not convinced. A smile is a smile.
11:38 AM
What about a simile?
11:52 AM
"For simile, a folded fan;
His nights are like his days."
12:03 PM
@M.A.R. Looks smilar.
12:31 PM
Rootl game #265



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1:45 PM
@jlliagre you're making me simile
@M.A.R. I suspect a taser would have an opposite effect.
2:26 PM
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4:34 PM
@alphabet So, have you already posted the stuff from the YouTube raccoon man?
4:55 PM
@Lambie Which?
Probably yes.
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6:44 PM
Wordle 977 4/6

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7:54 PM
This is abhorrent appeasement.
One of us has to go.
> “If I want to see a bear, I have to go out in the middle of the woods and track it down and do all these things,” he says. “But I can walk right outside my door and see some squirrels.”
Tolerance is the first step to oblivion.
8:13 PM
@Mitch what new hell is this link type
Could you please tell me if this sentence sounds fine to you as native speakers?

In the coming days, Estonia will issue €1 billion worth of 10-year bonds which will be used to cover the budget deficit.
Wordle 977 3/6

8:29 PM
@MichaelRybkin Why? Is someone complaining? That sentence is already out there and it's fine. What did you think didn't work?
We'd also say: €1 billion in 10-year bonds
8:57 PM
@Lambie What I thought could be strange is no article or any kind of determiner before "€1 billion worth".
@MetaEd Some online news has a paywall, but adding that extra to the front sometimes accesses the full article (made available to search engines). I added the 12ft.io URL so that people could read it without a subscription. Did the link not work for you?
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10:07 PM
@MichaelRybkin It does have a determiner: the "one billion" in "one billion euros worth." It's just not written out explicitly.
11:04 PM
@MichaelRybkin That's because with financial amounts like that the currency followed by a number like $5 or 6 million is actually read as: five or six million dollars (the five or six is a determiner), but by convention, the currency sign precedes the amount.
@Mitch the page wasted about a minute "Cleaning Webpage" then threw a "504 Gateway Time-out"
@alphabet Thank you for clarification.
@MetaEd Thank you.
@alphabet Then, to be more correct, I think it should be written as "one billion euros' worth". It has got to have that apostrophe there, no?
@MetaEd What do you see if you chop off the "https://12ft.io/" form the front of the link? Maybe I copy pasted the links wrong.
@Mitch the article, and a subscription beg
@MichaelRybkin You write "€1 billion worth of 10-year bonds" or better "€1 billion in 10-year bonds" but you pronounce it out loud as "one billion euros in 10-year bonds".
Yes I am avoiding having to deal with deciding to have an apostrophe or not.
Is it "ones" or "one's"? I don't know.
11:16 PM
@Mitch Gotcha, my friend.
I've lived my whole life avoiding things like that.
unsuccessfully I might add.
@Mitch works fine with my personal website. I'm going to say NYT has blocked them.
Well, not exactly 'might'. I -did- add.
of course I can say anything. and I did. "anything"
What -did- you do? Should I be concerned? Should I contact the authorities?
finger on button to send commandos
@MetaEd and what if you go to the 12 foot ladder site and follow their instructions, hopefully getting the full article without the begging.
I mean it's sorta totally not worth it for that one article, but I find it extremely useful for many paywalls.
11:20 PM
@Mitch tried that also, got a ?q= type URL with urlencoded special characters, and that timed out also.
It doesn't work for all paywalls (Financial Times I think is one that uses different tech to show the first paragraph.)
@MetaEd For me, when I finally get the fully readable non-blocked page, the URL is just something like
uh oh
spinning disc
wait 60 seconds ...
Yeah I get the same error as you.
It worked yesterday I swear.
Someone in this chatroom is secretly a NYT editor.
Anyway, squirrels are an abomination on this earth.
11:24 PM
I, for one, welcome our national daily overlords.
I think everyone is implicitly aware of that.
@Mitch How do you feel about birds.
Someone's gotta say it out loud for the animals higher up in the tree
@MetaEd Birds are fine.
I mean...
I mean I don't think one way or another about them.
Squirrels though
Who do they think they are?
Scampering and twittering and jumping from tree to tree
> "flying slugs" and, "the scum of the skies"
wow. harsh.
That guy is -pro- birds, and is just informing us of the US gov program to eliminate birds and replace them with robot birds.
That makes a lot more sense.
Seems like a lot of trouble though.
11:33 PM
@Mitch yeah. it explains contrails too. bird poisonings.
It needs a TLDR. So much reading
"I hope you are able to join us in the fight for freedom."
haha they should have said "flight for freedom"
They missed a big chance right there

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