Bitch on the Blog

September 28, 2011

Note to self

Filed under: Culture,language,Philosophy — bitchontheblog @ 02:22
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I’ve got to watch it. It’s one thing to pride myself on never, yes really – never, using a spell checker. Why would I? Either I know how to spell or I don’t. And I can live with my mistakes and typos even if they are embarrassing at times. Am still traumatized from the time when the x on my keyboard gave out.  Currently the ‘i’ sticks. Maybe my subconscious telling me to be more ego something. Will come back to eggs in a minute.

So in an idle moment tonight I pondered on what using more than one language – on a daily basis – does to your mind. What is a catalysator to some is, naturally, a catalyst to another (English that is). Have you ever noticed that when addressing the very person you’d preferably not make a fool of yourself in front of is precisely the person you will? It’s a sideshoot of Sod’s law. Can also be observed when you quickly nip out to get, say, a pint of milk at seven in the morning only to bump into someone you’d hoped would never see you in curlers (and before any of you run away and unsubscribe because you do not wish to be associated with someone in curlers stop the hysteria now: I don’t use curlers, mainly because my hair is curly by nature.) Yes, so there I was congratulating Charles on his daughter’s imagination and, needless to say, giving away my lack of education by using the word “catalysator” instead of “catalyst”. Why this occurs to me ca 24 hrs after writing my comment I do not know. But then my brain seems to have a mind of its own.

Where were we? Eggs. I rarely quote other people. Being full of myself I am content to spout my own nonsense rather than quoting George Bernard Shaw or, worse, Oscar Wilde. However, believing in exceptions to rules and also easily amused I came across this, in The Little Book of Wrong Shui:


Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Use an egg box like everyone else and stop being such a poser.

Sartre eat your heart out.




  1. An existentialist can spell eggsistentialism anyway he pleases. Especially when his X gives out on his keyboard.

    Comment by bikehikebabe — September 28, 2011 @ 02:38 | Reply

  2. I’m hanging my head in shame because I’ve used George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde quotes before as a signature line on my personal e-mails. Now I’ll have to spend inordinate amounts of time trying to come up with a pithey er… pythy um… pythey? oh… (ahem) a brief, witty, and profound thought.

    Mon Dieu!

    Comment by Phil — September 28, 2011 @ 11:56 | Reply

    • It occurs to me that I can also hang my head in shame for not properly using the strikeout feature… 🙂

      Comment by Phil — September 28, 2011 @ 11:58 | Reply

      • Phil, let that be a lesson to you. Only lightning strikes. You just stick to your guns – and fire. It’s why I am currently reworking “How to make foes and dig bait”.


        Comment by Ursula — September 28, 2011 @ 12:24 | Reply

      • I’m trying to figure out how to find the strikeout feature. It helps show that you really meant it– but want to pretend that you didn’t.

        Comment by bikehikebabe — September 28, 2011 @ 15:42 | Reply

        • Let’s say you want to strike out the words “Phil is terrific”:

          type the the following: “”+”Phil is terrific”+””

          but be sure to eliminate all the quotation (“) and plus (+) symbols above with no spacing in between, and voila!

          Comment by Phil — September 28, 2011 @ 19:01 | Reply

          • Wow, WordPress is not kind to me today. Let’s try it again since WordPress eliminated all the “less than” and “greater than” symbols along with the word strike and /strike from my post. Ursula – I blame you! 🙂

            Replace the parentheses with the less than and greater than symbols and the following

            (strike)Phil is terrific(/strike) Phil is looking rather stupid today

            should look like this:

            Phil is terrific Phil is looking rather stupid today.

            If this fails, I give up!!!

            Comment by Phil — September 28, 2011 @ 19:09 | Reply

            • Phil, you are terrific and stop fretting. I am happy to take any blame.

              However, do beware Bike Hike Babe aka BHB: She will sell you a new fangled implement to shovel your manure whether you have a stable, a horse or two or not.


              Comment by Ursula — September 28, 2011 @ 19:29 | Reply

            • Phil is terrific but looks stupid.
              It’s not WORrrrrrrKkkkkking!!!

              No need for instruction. My husband will be home soon. He’s smart.

              My daughter in Sweden is marketing a fuc—I mean a mucking fork for getting up manure in the stable. One of my internet friends wants one to muck up all the “s—t” I send on email. Anyway you can jump on the thing at -28 C. & it won’t break.

              Comment by bikehikebabe — September 28, 2011 @ 20:43 | Reply

              • Oh my, It worked when it was published. I wonder if it’ll work on email?

                Comment by bikehikebabe — September 28, 2011 @ 20:46 | Reply

  3. I noticed the catalysator and wondered if you had found a word that I didn’t know. The computer tried to fob me off with catalytic converter, among other things.

    I must look out my copy of Wrong Shui again. Perhaps I should “seek out” or simply “find”….. I’m not a fan of Shaw or Wilde myself so thoroughly approve the idea of not using their self aggrandising quotations.

    Union members strike!

    Comment by magpie11 — September 28, 2011 @ 14:53 | Reply

    • I am a fan of any brain. And please do pay a bit of respect to my copy of GBS’ Essays, first edition, 1934. There are times ebay does come good. Yes, 84 p on auction. I don’t mind paying through my nose. Neither have I told anyone yet (you are my first) how cheap a finely chiselled word comes. Still, the British are always proud of a bargain. It’s awful. I’d never dream of admitting getting something on the cheap,.

      And I adore Oscar Wilde. He has had me cry over goal and that stinker of a Lord. Naturally, people like him you always want to attend your cockail and dinner parties. The witty repartee. Though can get on your nerves, eventually, when nursing slight overdose of too much chatter all round.

      Anyway, soon we’ll have Babylon on this my site since I am currently brushing up further languages. So glad Latin is dead. My brain is a whirl and if I am not careful I’ll be sucked down the drain. Correction, if I am unlucky I will get stuck.


      Comment by Ursula — September 28, 2011 @ 19:55 | Reply

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