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Presumptious Morons.

April 23rd, 2002 - 5:07 a.m.

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I've decided I need to kill time before I start my 10 page paper that's due...oh, today. Procrastination at it's finest. I think I'm perilously close to becoming a Disgruntled Paper Writer. One of these days soon I'm going to snap and start giving people random Paper Cuts in retaliation. Ha! Wouldn't everyone look forward to that? Hmmm...wonder if the sun has risen yet? I believe it has. That means I have to go grocery shopping. I'm out of toilet paper. Not that you, or anyone really, needed to know that one. The frig? Paul McCartney is on my tv singing something. He needs to not do that. It's rather disturbing.

I've only got about 20 minutes more to procrastinate, so it's now a good time to go shopping. Anyway, I'll just mention something that pissed me off a few days ago and then we'll go off to the store. So Saturday night it must've been. Sunday night too, I suppose. Anyway, I went and picked up a movie (and dropped it back off at the store the next night) to see with my friend. And when I get out of the store, I notice a sign in the window of one of the apartment/house type things across the street. It read (and still reads to the best of my knowledge):

UPENN BELIEVES in ISRAEL

Yes, just like that. And I think it was in red, white, and blue lettering, only the in part was black or something. I don't know, it was sort of dark, I didn't see the colors all that well. Anyway, I'm not going to give you every single reason why that sign offends me, I don't have the time. But I will give you a couple. First of all, that sign is presumptuous and based on the sweeping generalization. It assumes that: a) everyone at this university agrees with that statement and b) presumes to speak for everyone on campus. This is just crap. Personally, I don't care of other individuals presuming my support on any issue, let alone this one. And for that sign to speak for the entire campus is just ridiculous. For one thing, I highly doubt that the Muslim association(s) (I know there's at least one or two of them on campus) support Israel. For another, even with the large Jewish population on campus, I doubt all of those people support Israel either. Basically I just want to find whoever made that sign and smack them over the head a few times with it. The morons.

chapter and verse (n. CHAP-ter-and-VERSS)

1 : the exact reference or source of information or

justification for an assertion

2 : full precise information or detail

To the biblically inclined, citing the exact chapter and verse of a biblical quote adds substance to the quote (and allows others to look it up for themselves). Such a precise reference inspired English speakers in the 18th century to use the phrase chapter and verse to refer to a source of information or authority even when there was no actual chapter and verse involved. Sometimes this chapter and verse involved slightly lengthy justifications ("She cited chapter and verse to prove her point"), so after a while people started thinking of any kind of detailed recitation as chapter and verse ("He could give chapter and verse of all the office goings-on"). The phrase can also be an adverb ("Jane recited chapter and verse all her complaints").

verbatim (adv. ver-BAY-tum)

: in the exact words : word for word

Latin has a phrase for exactly as written: "verbatim et litteratim," which literally means "word for word and letter for letter." Like the verbatim in that Latin phrase, the English verbatim means word for word. As you may have noticed, there's a verb in verbatim -- and that's no mere coincidence. Both verb and verbatim are derived from the Latin word for word, which is verbum. Other common English words that share this root include adverb, proverb, verbiage, and verbose. Even the word word itself is related. Verbatim can also be an adjective meaning "being in or following the exact words" (as in "a verbatim report") and a rarer noun referring to an account, translation, or report that follows the original word for word.



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