Friday, August 16, 2019

Apostrophe Humor

You can never have too much apostrophe humor...! :-)

She texted me, "Your adorable."

I replied, "No. YOU'RE adorable."

Now she thinks I like her.
All I did was point out her typo.

Why I Write

Resharing this post upon hearing the news of Elie Wiesel's death. Requiescat in pace. The world will miss him.

I saw this quote as Jon Winokur's Twitter. You can find out more about Elie Wiesel at Wikipedia.

I write to understand as much as to be understood.

Here is the quote in context, Elie Wiesel's essay, "Why I Write."
While writing, I question them as I question myself. I believe I said it before, elsewhere: I write to understand as much as to be understood. Will I succeed one day? Wherever one starts from one reaches darkness. God? He remains the God of darkness. Man? Source of Darkness. the killers' sneers, their victim's tears, the onlookers' indifference, their complicity and complacency, the divine role in all that: I do not understand. A million children massacred: I shall never understand. 
Jewish children: they haunt my writings. I see them again and again. I shall always see them. hounded, humiliated, bent like old men who surround them as they to protect them, unable to do so. They are thirsty, the children, and there is no one to give them water. They are hungry, the children, but there is no one to give them a crust of bread. They are afraid, and there is no one to reassure them.

Humor: Active and Passive

Just when you thought you were getting used to the whole active versus passive thing, this cartoon by Mark Anderson comes along and messes with your mind!

Word Art: LIFE

I thought this animated gif was a lovely example of "word art" ... animated! I'm not sure who the creator is; it was making the rounds at Google+ in early August, which is where I saw it. If you have the patience to make the individual graphics with PhotoShop or something similar, this kind of animated gif would not be all that hard to create! Just create the graphics by adding one word at a time, and then turn it into an animated gif. :-)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sanskrit Word in English: Juggernaut

Today's word is "juggernaut"  and for this word, there is an entire Wikipedia article devoted to its origin and usage in English.

Short version: the word comes from Sanskrit Jagannatha, World-Lord, an honorific title sometimes applied to Krishna, one of the avatars of the god Vishnu, although the Jagannatha is also worshiped as a separate divinity.

The English usage is from the so-called "Chariot of Juggernaut," which was a cart carrying an image of the Jagannatha for a Ratha Yatra (chariot procession) festival. These temple carts could sometimes be huge in size, hence the sense of a "juggernaut" as a moving force that cannot be stopped. According to a more fanciful legend, the most devoted followers of Jagannatha would throw themselves under the wheels of the wagon to be crushed to death in an act of sacrificial devotion, giving the word "juggernaut" an additional sense of blind devotion. This fanciful idea goes back to the 14th-century Travels of Sir John Mandeville, which you can read about in this Wikipedia article.

The ISKCON movement (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) has promoted the Jagannatha festival around the world. The image below shows a Jagannath Ratha Yatra in London, 2011: