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abcedertree commented on the word homeopath
They were useful not because they made the patient swallow what were for the most part harmful substances (the harm was little felt, because the harmful substances were given in small quantities), but they were useful, necessary, inevitable (for the same reason that there are and always will be imaginary healers, fortune-tellers, homeopaths, and allopaths), because they satisfied the moral need of the sick girl and the people who loved her.
- War and Peace, Tolstoy, 2007 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
April 13, 2011
abcedertree commented on the word mot
Bilibin went on. "Ce n'est ni trahison, ni lâcheté, ni bêtise; c'est comme à Ulm..." It was as if he fell to pondering, searching for a phrase: "C'est...c'est du Mack. Nous somme mackés," he concluded, feeling that he had uttered a mot, and a fresh mot, a mot that would be repeated.
abcedertree commented on the word no-eyed big-eyed spider
I had no-eyed ear there was such a thing.
October 13, 2010
abcedertree commented on the list mycological-hues
these would also make good dwarf names
July 23, 2010
abcedertree commented on the word friendly milk
February 11, 2010
abcedertree commented on the word heavy light
abcedertree commented on the list false-teeth-fairy-ring-around-the-rosie
This won't contribute to sweet tooth fairy decay, will it?
January 26, 2010
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ruzuzu commented on the user abcedertree
Wait. Wikipedia says it's Paracelsus. "The dose makes the poison."
February 26, 2015
Your comment on homeopath reminds me of Galen. "The poison is in the dose," etc.
Thornton Wilder's theophilus-north has a part about Mozart and a part about wind and buildings and Vitruvius.
March 26, 2014
So you know how sometimes you're out at lunch with your friends and you're like "and then I remembered butter of antimony" and they're all "you mean like milk of magnesia" and you're like, I dunno, maybe.
Also, kopi luwak. Because civet.
March 18, 2014
(Scroll down, you'll see it.)
January 17, 2012
Ahem. You'll note that Franz Liszt appears on just one list.
Any news you can share from the world of the Red Book?
March 6, 2010
Thanks for adding your false tooth carries some wait around hear me outside the box elder bugs!
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