Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Yo-Yo, extreme sport in your pocket

“Permabear.” That’s what economists call analysts who predict doom in the world markets. “Rich” is what people would call me had I but listened to the few who predicted a housing bust, a mortgage bust, an oil shock, consumer confidence tanking, and the world’s financial system shuddering to a spasm.

Stock tip: Duncan Yo-Yo. The venerable toy maker’s sales are up 30 percent thanks to Internet videos. Ever since the invention of the ball-bearing transaxle. It's called an extreme sport in your pocket. Wha?

"You know that you're over the hill when your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill." -- the Late Lowell George, Little Feat

You think I have a dirty mind? Ha. Read "Sex and the Semicolon" in the Boston Globe. To quote: Ben McIntyre, writing in the Times of London, added to the collection of semicolon snubbers: Kurt Vonnegut called the marks "transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing." Hemingway and Chandler and Stephen King, said McIntyre, "wouldn't be seen dead in a ditch with a semi-colon (though Truman Capote might). Real men, goes the unwritten rule of American punctuation, don't use semi-colons." Your thoughts?

Boeing has successfully fired a real-life death ray that could become U.S. Special Forces way to carry out covert strikes with “plausible deniability.” No bomb fragments left behind, you see. More here.


Ken Martin said...

As for the semicolon, I occasionally let one get into the pages of The Good Life magazine if it seems more apt than a period for the context. But, alas, like most punctuation marks, it's often misused.

My rants, mild of course in conveying my reasons for editing to our writers, have lately concerned the slash mark which, in my opinion, is a far worse offender than the semicolon could ever hope to be.

Even good writers seem to use slashes in the same way that poor writers use clichés, because they easily come to mind and without much consideration. A person who sings and writes songs, for example, is a singer-songwriter, not a singer/songwriter.

A slash mark, formally known as a virgule, is "a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the context in which they occur." (Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Unabridged.) Well, fine, but it's just a lazy writer's way out of thinking, if you ask me.

Now, George, aren't you sorry you even brought up the question of punctuation?

Anonymous said...

Ken;/- George is not one who worries about the inconvenience he may cause 'gifted' writers.Until he started this mess about proper punctuation I thought that a semi-colon was when you had the lower half of the digestive tract removed.------Goose

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