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April 13th, 2002 - 1:02 a.m.

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Quote of the Day: "The only difference between inane and insane is that people haven't reached the point where they need to add the 's' yet."

Know who said that? ME! Yes, Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Does it make sense? Who cares. 'Tis my saying...disseminate it throughout the land! Go! I command it! I want to be remembered for that saying. That sounds like a dandy idea to me. My great contribution to American society. A banal saying that no one's going to remember. Oh well. Who wanted fame anyway?

haplology (n. hap-LAH-luh-jee)

: contraction of a word by omission of one or more similar sounds or syllables

Try to say pierced-ear earrings three times fast. That exercise will demonstrate why haplology happens; sometimes, it's just easier to drop a syllable and leave yourself with something that's easier to say (such as pierced earrings). American philologist Maurice Bloomfield recognized the tendency to drop one of a pair of similar syllables about 100 years ago. He is credited with joining the combining from hapl- or haplo- (meaning single) with -logy (meaning word or speech) to create haplology as a name for the phenomenon. Haplology is quite common in English, and often the contracted forms it generates spread into the written language. In fact, haplology played a role in naming the nation that is the cradle of English: England was condensed via haplology from Engla land.

So, did I go to the concert that was going on this evening? No, of course not. If it makes any difference I did sit and debate over it back and forth, yes or no, in my head for quite awhile. But in the end I decided that I really didn't want to stand out in the rain/drizzle for six hours listening to music, and have to pay for it. I was pleased that I managed to go through the craftspeople on Locust Walk and look at the jewelry without buying any of it. Although some of it was very tempting, I really didn't need to buy more.

Fire seems to have been the big theme of the day for some reason. Someone tripped the fire drill at work today. It wasn't a real fire so we didn't have to leave the building, but it was still really annoying because of the type of the alarm and the fact that the alarm went on for quite awhile before being shut off. It was terribly destracting and there wasn't really any way to dull the noise short of taking refuge in someone's office.

Then, later tonight some idiot managed to set their apartment on fire over on 40th. I'm sure that'll be making the news on Monday. I wasn't even outside, but I could smell the smoke through the open doors. It was an interesting occurance. Or something. I don't know, what am I talking about? This has been going on for two and a half hours now, I think that's more than sufficient. Ciao.



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