Well, bullshit gets 5 million hits while bulls hit gets 110 million. Hence 'my breaks failed' passes no particular test of legitimacy I can think of courtesy of Googlefight, strict grammarian (or nay) that I am.
"An interesting adaptation of this concept is that of the cyberflaneur, in which this mindset of not being always-purposed is applied to our use of the Internet. Trends indicate that we increasingly use the Internet only functionally. In an article published in the New York Times last February, Evegny Morozov commented that our increasing societal single-mindedness is reflected on the Internet:
Something similar has happened to the Internet. Transcending its original playful identity, it’s no longer a place for strolling — it’s a place for getting things done. Hardly anyone 'surfs' the Web anymore. The popularity of the 'app paradigm', whereby dedicated mobile and tablet applications help us accomplish what we want without ever opening the browser or visiting the rest of the Internet, has made cyberflânerie less likely. That so much of today’s online activity revolves around shopping — for virtual presents, for virtual pets, for virtual presents for virtual pets — hasn’t helped either. Strolling through Groupon isn’t as much fun as strolling through an arcade, online or off.."
- Alex Cantrell, Oh, Flaneur—, mantisandme.com, 4 March 2013
"Jump seats can also be found in the main cabin of many aircraft, for the use of flight crew. Flight crew sit in the seats for takeoff and landing, and then fold them back to keep emergency exits and aisles clear. By providing jump seats, airlines can ensure that they meet safety requirements for their cabin crew without using space which could be occupied by paying passengers.
...as a general rule, paying passengers are not permitted to fly in jump seats. When cabin crew who are not on duty fly in a jump seat, this is known as jumpseating."
"But Tomsky also gives readers good reasons to be on their best behaviour at hotels. Raise your voice and you may get key bombed. That's where Tomsky, a front desk agent, programs your room key in a way that virtually ensures you will be locked out at some point in your stay."
- AP, How to get the best treatment at hotels, theage.com.au, 14 Jan 2013.
So, seriously, how was Trieste?
And I am crestfallen at the thought that I might not get a copy of that poetry 'zine. That I was promised. I'm only claiming what is rightfully mine. I suspect you are just holding out for some kind of quid pro quo. Which, fair enough, just say the word and I will be happy to send some kind of Parisian bauble or trinket winging your way.
But I'm damned if I'm gonna post my street address here on Wordnik, and you have the vice of being nowhere else contactable, to my knowledge.
It's an impasse.
I am, as they say around these here parts, *desolated*. But I understand that rolig is undoubtedly an infinitely more charming dinner companion than my miserable self. Given my druthers, I'd be dining nightly in Ljubljana and Trieste myself, instead of ...
Well, no, actually. No, I wouldn't....
But, de toute façon, safe travels, o leather-eared one. You do know that the big Swiss chocolate cartels have outlawed chocolate bilbies within Swiss borders, right?
When will you be coming to Europe? You could have dinner with sionnach in Parigi. I will be having dinner with Son of Groucho week after next -- why not you? I am also trying to convince Prolagus to make the trip north from his Sardine fortress.
Why Bologna indeed? Because I want to start a new language in 2013 and when I was in Dublin recently, my cousins there were surprisingly vehement in their insistence that (i) I should choose Italian over Russian and (ii) that the only city worth considering in Italy was Bologna. Given that Michael, who was the most voluble and insistent of the bunch, lived there for 6 months at some point in his career, I am not willing to discount his opinion.
The basic rationale seemed to be that Russia was still basically a country that is run by gangsters, and that all other potential rival cities in Italy, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Milan, Turin, or Siena, were either too large, too soulless, too overrun by tourists, or some combination of the above.
But I know that some of your leather-eared past was spent in Italy, so I would be very interested in hearing your views on the subject. Needless to say, this is all just in the pipe-dream phase at this point, as it is a long way until spring 2013, and I have one more trip back to Paris to organise for Sept-Nov 2012.
Paris did never pan out in terms of confectionery-dispensing dioramas, alas. But there are other compensations, not least of which is the unexpected charm of Parisians, which delights me on a daily basis.
So, besides having pademelons for lawnmowers, what are you up to down there in chunderland?
Does anyone know why this comment box is so oddly located?
I am back in the City of Light, wrestling with such conundrums as why baguette bags only cover half the baguette and whether to splurge on the 30-month or 36-month aged Comté (Cheese-France.com tells me it has been produced since the time of Charlemagne, but I'm having a hard time tracking down the really good old stuff).
The next exciting linguistic adventure is supposed to start in Spring 2013 in Bologna. But first I have to polish my little nugget of French to its glistening best, which will take until the end of 2012.
Pademelons, eh? I've often thought that the whole pademelon/paddymelon thing is just the antipodean version of the vegetable lamb of Tartary.
The frogblog continues, but at a much lower rate of publication, I regret to say. And the whole "search phrases by which people were referred to the frogblog" thing became less interesting after 1500 people arrived there around April 1st because they typed "poisson d'Avril" into their search engine. For one brief shining moment, I thought I had become an internet star, only to lapse back into skulking obscurity 48 hours later.
You cannot escape the charge that you have previously engaged in the amazing pastime that is IDENTIFY THE WORDIE. You are therefore prime target material for inviting to IDENTIFY THE WORDIENIK. The whole of the bit of Wordnik that joins in on this would be truly honoured should you participate this time round. Easily find the right page right now because it is currently the most commented on list shown on the Community page.
@bilby Thanks for your guidance, well as you have suggested I'll add my also ons. i hope you keep a track of my site too, lest I go astray. I would have followed you, but I didn't see any follow link here anywhere. I'll live and learn. Thanks again.
@bilby I guess that's a more civilized way of directing new comers. Thanks and I have adhered to your advise. I hope to keep getting directions from Guides like you. I have removed all my links from also on. I shall put in just one or two but only after I know the rules of the community well. Thanks a lot again for the advise.