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Item the First: Sayeth my teabag wrapper, "Surprisingly enough, with a name like Tazo Honeybush, this tea contains none of the buzz of caffeine." Funny; I would have said, "Surprisingly enough, with a name like Tazo Honeybush, this is a tea and not a porn star."

Item the Second: This PBS page claims that we in the Pacific Northwest are shifting our vowels so that words like "beg" and "bag" come out almost the same, with the vowel sounding like the one in "bake." Also, "good" sounds like "gid" and "look" sounds like "lick." Having tested my own speech, I have to admit they're pretty much right. I already knew that, in true Wild West form, I said "frr" (almost like "fur") instead of "for", and "git" instead of "get," and I drop most of my g's, so to speak, for words endin' in -ing. And "cool" comes out as two syllables for me, just about. But I hadn't noticed the "What kind of beg, paper or plastic?" thing yet. Coo-wul.

Item the Third: You know you've been reading The Silmarillion too long when you giggle at the brand name "Melnor" on your lawn sprinkler, and start making up a heritage for it. Melnor, also called Cunithielanien, son of Maginor. When I turned the water up a little too high, and got sprinkled, I even went so far as to tell Steve, "Beware, the arm of Melnor is long. And cold, and wet."

Item the Fourth: I forgot to fangirl about a book I recently read, so now is the time. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith. So utterly charming and funny and poignant. Somehow the very charismatic narrator reminded me of kalquessa, even though kalquessa is neither British nor a denizen of the early 1900s. (But it's still a compliment, Marie, really!) And thank you to modmerseygirl for recommending that one in the first place.

Item the Fifth: We have taught Zachary the Jedi mind trick. Useful, don't you think?


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Jul. 12th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the laugh on Melnor the Sprinkler (his arm has grown long indeed!)
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hee--glad I'm not the only one who finds these things funny!
Jul. 12th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Anything British reminds me of almost every girl on my friends list now. I have yet to meet one female online who isn't a hardcore Anglophile.
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I fear it really is true that any guy with a British accent, who can make a few witty self-deprecating remarks and doesn't look too much like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, can get himself an American woman.
Jul. 12th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Ack! When did that baby get so BIG? Also, I ded from cute.
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
He's a big fan of the milk. And yes, he can be dangerously cute!
Jul. 12th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
1. I would say something about the less family-friendly definition of "tea-bag" but I don't want to be That Person. In any case, your crack about pornstar tea gave me major giggles.

2. Apparently since I live in Orange County, CA, I speak "News At Eleven English" i.e. I don't really have any perceivable accent as such but rather a pronounced lack of one. If that makes any sense. Or so I'm told. *shrug*

3. "Beware, the arm of Melnor is long. And cold, and wet." You win at the internet.

4. I've had that on my to-read list for years! (It's in good company....poor overgrown to-read list.) And hey, any time people associate me with anything Victorian and British it is a good thing!

5. The Force is strong with this one. I feel an overwhelming urge to zerbert your child. (If this sentence alarms you, it may help to know that I am told "zerbert" translates roughly as "to blow a raspberry on subject's tummy" in other parts of the world.)
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
1. Hehe! Dang, my perv license needs to be revoked, if a nice girl like you thought of connotations for "teabag" when I didn't. In any case, yes, Tazo Honeybush sounds at least like the next Bond girl.

2. As a linguist I'm obliged to tell you that everyone has an accent, and a dialect. Some Southern Californians even have a distinct one--"surfer speak", might call it. However, you probably do speak close to "standard American English," as do a lot of us from coast to coast.

3. Teehee. Thanks.

4. The heroine isn't a standard Victorian...she's feminine and brave and frank and unique, and all that good stuff. So when you do get around to reading it, hope you don't think, "This whiny brat reminded her of me? Thanks for nothin', Lemonhead."

5. Zerbert. Hee! That's a new one for me. *goes into the lexicon*
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I settle down to read your posts the way I settled down to read the Dave Barry columns they used to print in our paper.

You should know your teabag whore quote is gonna go in my facebook. XD
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
That is quite a compliment--thank you! The Dave Barry bit, I mean. I don't even know what a facebook is. :D
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love I Capture the Castle. The film is pretty good, too, with Bill Nighy playing their father.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Ah, that's right. I saw the film ages ago, before reading the book, and couldn't remember most of the cast.
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
If all Hobbits had jedi mind powers, the world would be a merrier place.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
It's so true. Hee, your icons always rock.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank You, Thank You, I'll be here all week!
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Melnor, son of Melmac...
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Ah, of course! (And it's kind of sad to me that I knew what Melmac was.)
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Awwww to Zachary. You know, he looks like a little hobbit there! which is no bad thing.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Heehee. He does sort of have a Dominic Monaghan look. With perhaps a touch of Elijah Wood's big blue eyes.
Jul. 13th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
Jedi baby!
Tee hee!! *wicked grin*

Did I ever mention that Amber's first word was "wampa"? At the time, I was uber-pissed, but it gets funnier the more I think about it. And yes, babies knowing the Jedi mind trick is tres useful.

Z : (waves hand) You don't want to feed me strained spinach.
mom : (sounding a little sleepy) I don't want to feed you strained spinach.

Jul. 14th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Jedi baby!
Hehe...well, we think Zach has said "Iowa," but he didn't mean anything by it.

So far he doesn't want any food but milk anyway...so maybe it's already working!
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