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firecat (attention machine in need of calibration) ([personal profile] firecat) wrote2017-01-07 01:09 am

Prescriptivist foreplay

So there we were, lying in bed, discussing the plural of "octopus," as one does.
"I like 'oc-to-podes'."
"You pronounced that wrong. It's 'oc-to-po-des'."
"No it isn't. It's English, not Latin."
[side-eye] "I'm not taking THAT stinky bait."
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A grook

[personal profile] thnidu 2017-01-08 03:11 am (UTC)(link)
This reminds me of one of Piet Hein's short poems, of the type he called a grook (Danish gruk, said to be a portmanteau of grin 'smile' and suk 'sigh'). I have many of the small English paperbacks. This is downloaded from http://www.geocities.ws/entercarp/poetry/grooks/grooks.htm .


GETTING DOWN TO FUNDAMENTALS

It will steadily shrink,
our earthly abode,
until antipode stands
upon antipode.

Then, soles together,
the planet gone,
we'll know the ground
that we rest upon.