nice comments re "gaytarded." When we hold a word up to the light, it can lose its frightful character or perhaps provoke new, meaningful insights. A word is just a grouping of letters and has no power beyond what we assign to it. This is one of the underpinnings of semantics. I am with you.
I can just see all those dressed-up Saturday afternoon ladies jockeying for parking spaces, close to the store entrance, at those Chevy Chase shopping districts. God forbid they should have to walk a few feet! **slipping on my mall walking tennis shoes**
A great cape, for us, can't be expressed in longitude or latitude alone. A great cape has a soul, with very soft, very violent shadows and colours. A soul as smooth as a child's, as hard as a criminals's. And that is why we go.
From the book, The Long Way, by Bernard Moitessier.
Traders who bet against a stock. One borrows a stock one does not own, sells it, then buys it back at a lower price, pocketing the difference. A naked short seller is someone who just sells the stock. It was thought this year that there were naked short sellers causing the stocks of banks & brokerages to decline via short selling, so a rule was promulgated to deter the practice of naked shorting.
And in South Carolina, the Register of Deeds is known as Register Mesne Conveyance. A nice archaic throwback one might expect from one of the 13 original colonies !! **lifting a glass of gin and tonic while enjoying boiled shrimp on the piazza overlooking Charleston Harbor, where, as every good South Carolinian knows, the Atlantic Ocean begins, being formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.**
I always think it is a good idea to set forth the standards expected of everyone when he or she enters this site. Let it be known that the tone is high and civil. People do need to adjust because the web is still in Wild, Wild West mode. Some sites foment; others are dead; still others are quite stiff and formal. Ideas by their nature are in flux and can be powerful. Words are like that, too. What should be stressed here is that not only what you say but how you say it counts for a lot. **as I have learned**
We need a list for well-known places no one has visited but wished he or she could, just to see what's going on there in order to appease his or her curiosity. Like Timbuktu. I would love to go there. It is a remote place (though not to the people from that area) and a place of ancient learning.
A lovely place in the southern Appalachians, over the border from South Carolina, with a music college that provides wonderful concerts year-round. Brevard is a regional draw. There is a gift shop downtown called the White Squirrel, a reference to the aforementioned squirrels. It is a gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville NC, and camping/hiking opportunities.
I do wish you wouldn't be like this. I as well as a number of other people have really appreciated what you've contributed to this site, but it's passing unfortunate that you have chosen to make a personal issue out of 42. If you want to leave, all for the best, I'm sure, but I think a lot of people, including yourself, would be happier if you would agree to just be calm about everything and, if criticizing a word, doing so in an impersonal way.
I am asking my newly found friends on Wordie to help me find a new name. Any constructive ideas will be most welcome. Unkind suggestions will be dismissed as offal and served to Polynesian demonesses on a tiki platter.