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Monday, May 16, 2005

Fou Anglais

First of all thank you all for the lovely thoughts. Doing better in the health and general well being department.

Blogging will resume in a more dedicated manner. Been very busy with rehearsals for a gig. Doing back up vocals for another band. Totally new experience for me and its harder than it seems. I'm so used to singing the main melodies that its hard work to provide the necessary oohs and aahs and in the case of Angelique Kidjo's version of Voodoo Chile, phonetically noted Yoruban. Very interesting experience and the music i'm backing is a real change from usual fare. Some Steely dan, Stevie Ray vaughn, Morcheeba, Simply Red and Cream in that mix.

My dictionary.com word of the day was Carmilla. What a beautiful sounding word! A flower maybe? Or one who grinds automobiles into flour? well there's none of that flower/flour niceness, turns out it means a cabal. One with rat-like undertones at that. While on the subject of words and meanings also learned Assassin comes from the word Hassassin or Hashish User. According to the site:

Word History: At first glance, one would be hard-pressed to find a link between pleasure and the acts of assassins. Such was not the case, however, with those who gave us the word assassin. They were members of a secret Islamic order originating in the 11th century who believed it was a religious duty to harass and murder their enemies. The most important members of the order were those who actually did the killing. Having been promised paradise in return for dying in action, the killers, it is said, were made to yearn for paradise by being given a life of pleasure that included the use of hashish. From this came the name for the secret order as a whole, an, “hashish users.” After passing through French or Italian, the word came into English and is recorded in 1603 with reference to the Muslim Assassins.

Okay school's out. If i had my way i'd strip it down. Since the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth?

15 Comments:

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Rat said...

And if the plural of mouse is mice, shouldnt the plural of house be hice , and blouse be blice and so on !!!Hehe.
Look up the meaning of "bugger" on dictionary.com. I was quite surprised.

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger Shubhodeep said...

very interesting blog...liked it very much...cheers!
do have a look at my blog at http://shubhodeep.blog-city.com

 
At 4:44 AM, Blogger Murphy said...

Mongoose and mongeese ?

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Schools out!

*sigh* How I miss that! :)

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Manish Bhatt said...

I guess Dan Brown mentions the origin of Assassin in one of his books (ummm... was it 'Angels & Demons', or was it somewhere else?)
Anyway, glad to know you're doing well. Best with your oohs and aahs. Morcheeba and Cream you said? Whoa!

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger blaiq said...

The assasins. The version I have heard (from quite a few different sources) was that they killed under the influence of hashish. Very different from your version of paradise and therefore hashish usage. To make cold-blooded and reckless murderers out of ordinary people, it was necessary to reduce people to a state of trance where they felt no pain nor were handicapped with the faculty of thought. Hence the need for hashish. The picts in the Enlgish Isles would cut the flesh on their bodies and fill hash in it before rushing into battle. No wonder, they gained a reputation for being fearsome warriors.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half way across earth, my dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com presented me with the phrase "Strawberry Sanchez with Sprinkles". Sounds sweet, right ? After you learn what it means, you should scratch your head and go "and all this time the other person is just lying there ?"

While the rest of the world grows up and smiles, I sit in my adolescent shell and giggle.

By the way, hitting the RANDOM button on that site makes for a great source for entertainment when you're bored. Its amazing how for every repulsive action, or combinations thereof, there is a phrase or a word coined. Here is a rather amusing one: Penguin.

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Tuku said...

Next time I should put my name on my comments !! The above was me in case u were wondering who the hell finds these weird sites .....

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger transience said...

i'm glad you are doing okay. i miss reading you and this here is one very enlightening post.

 
At 6:02 AM, Blogger Indeterminacy said...

I fall deeply and madly in love with every blog that links to me. In your case it would have worked without the link. Anyhow I'm putting you on top of my list of blogs to follow.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

Wonderful news that you are feeling better; had me really missing your posts, too. I used to tell people for the word 'kiwi', that is plural and the singular is 'kiwuss'... said with a straight face, it is quite believable! =)

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger JP said...

In many ways, linking hashish with the murderous rage of a particular sect's crack troops ( a sect that was basically defending against a cursade that was motivated by greed and a need to defocus from pressing issues closer home - familiar set-up?) was just the first blow in Western society's unending campaing to defame the one herb that might actually bring them to their senses.

Or something like that. I like sounding all arrogant and political-like at times. Cheers.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Roger Stevens said...

Playing again - sounds good. Can we swap CDs? Mine's nearly ready.

Meanwhile - how about sheep and sheep?

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Jugular Bean said...

Ha! I knew the assassin piece of trivia before you!

Oh and btw do you know the origins of trivia?

Trivia is from Latin for three roads.

In Roman times the roads meeting from different towns would have a notice board where the news from the town you were going to was posted. Hence such news would be of trivial interest to the reader.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Roger Stevens said...

The gig you were rehearsing for... has it happened yet?

 

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