Archive for September, 2008

Huh.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 by zordran

There actually is a good Angelfire site. I haven’t laughed this hard in a good long while.

Fun with affixes, Part 1: AD-

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by zordran

Prefixes are one of the most important parts of the language. If you know your prefixes, you’ll know far more words than you thought, and you’ll be able to make up words on your own much more easily.

Today’s prefix is ad-: to, toward, toward the end of.

Ad- is a prefix of motion, be it gentle or violent or anything in between.

Some notable words:

Aggressive: An aggressive person is constantly moving toward something. This is an example of assimilation. Try saying “Ad-gressive.” How much easier is it to say “Ag-gressive?” Languages (even our own) really start to make sense when you combine the established roots with the physical and cultural laws of linguistics.

Adverse: An adversary is someone who has turned on you.

Advocate: Someone who speaks toward (or speaks for) someone.

Amplify: From ply, to fold. This is quite similar to apply, to add a layer. Folding used have a slightly different meaning, as seen in words like hundred-fold, but the most vivid use of the root is certainly to multiply. In its simplest meaning, to amplify is to add layers.

A Completely Made-up Word
Amplecate: This would be a synonym of to hug. Literally, to touch chests, from plexus, chest (as seen in “solar plexus,” which, being at the line of symmetry for your chest, is the part of your chest that is single). Do note that, although the pronunciation would be unchanged, spelling the word, “to amplicate” would be both etymologically incorrect and confusing.

Let’s explore the the nuances of this new word, shall we? While to amplecate is a synonym of to hug, there are non-amplecatory hugs and non-hugging amplecations. Culturally, the distinction is usually made by the male of the species; consider the handshake-hug, which doesn’t involve the actual touching of chests, making it non-amplecatory, and the chest bump, which is amplecatory, but doesn’t involve hugging!

Not Not About Me (not not not funny)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by zordran

In my inaugural post, I mentioned that I realy don’t think like anyone else I know. It turns out that there’s a name for that: Asperger Syndrome. I have never liked to think of myself as sick, and Asperger Syndrome is the most self-diagnosed disorder on the internet, and I can’t afford a psychiatrist to give me a diagnosis, but my mother alerted me to the idea, and, well it all fits: the fondness for exotic words (more on that later), the general lack of empathy (even for loved ones), the inability to understand how other people think. I’d never really thought of them as being a problem, and it’s been incredibly demotivating to think of my brain as broken. I’d strongly considered going back to live with my parents so one or the other of us could afford to get me a diagnosis, and I even told them that I was coming back before changing my mind an hour later.

I guess that I just needed some time to absorb it all. I’ve already known this stuff about myself for some time (though to be told that it’s a disease was disheartening), as I seem to be back to my old self with a hearty helping of job angst and a nice little label for why I have no idea how you feel.

My creativity seems to have come back a bit, but I haven’t written anything in a while. I did, however, bank up a couple dozen posts before finally opening this blog, so I toss one of those out… roughly now.