Log or Blog of Words in the News and from Other Media Sources

(a presentation of word information for your vocabulary enhancement so you can increase your brain gain and decrease your brain drain)

Food words and their consumption

Are you aware of the multitudes of words from Latin and Greek origins about food? Well, starting with this cibo-, -cibal unit, you will discover hundreds of words about the various kinds of food words and their related consumption.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945),
thirty second President of the United States

Obesity is really widespread.

-Joseph O. Kern II

How long would we remain free in a daily, desperate, overpopulated scramble for bread?

-David Brinkley (1920-2003)

Principles have no real force except when one is well fed.

-Mark Twain (1835-1910)

A food faddist is a person who is determined to be healthy even if it kills him or her. In fact, most food is a natural substance most of whose ingredients are artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

-Evan Esar

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.

-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Fortune and misfortune, predictable and unpredictable

Are you aware of the fact that auspicious comes from "observing birds" as a means of predicting the future or other prophetic occurrences?

The main theme of today's content presents many words that deal with prophecy and other realms of the unknown which may apply to the present and/or the future.

It could be interesting for you to see the many terms that are related to this field as indicated by the links which are presented.

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

-Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)
Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, 2009

The International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, this year indicated that presentations of books is trending toward electronic devices, but so far it hasn't taken over the way we will be reading content.

One topic that showed up often in the local publications is the "Tools of Change" discussions and here are a couple of quotes about this TOC topic.

Within two years, some estimates are that mobile broadband will surpass fixed broadband as the means by which most people access the internet. Mobile devices are rapidly becoming the dominant means by which we are connected to media, and more importantly, to each other, and that will certainly extend to the kind of reading most of us think of when we think of books.

-Andrew Savikas, vice-president of digital initiatives at O'Reilly Media

We've all been waiting for the fireworks to start, but so far no one has lit a fuse.

The [Frankfurt Book] Fair is, above all, about transacting business and the tens of thousands of (cash strapped) trade visitors don't want to be distracted from their work by protests, disruptions, or other mayhem; especially, since many of them are keeping their visits even shorter this year and are heading home by Saturday.

-Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives
Frankfurt Book Fair Edition; October 15, 2009; Page 9.
Frankfurt Book Fair, 2009, with a blog message by one of the visitors

I have been laboring with the Google Settlement for some days now, gathering the views of publishers and authors, hearing their fears about copyright, listening to authors talk about how to "claim" their books, etc., etc. It is a very complicated subject, but I think I've finally cracked it. The way I see it is like this:

You put last book in,
Your last book out,
In, out, in, out, shake it all about
You do the Google Boogle
And you turn around.
That's what it's all about!

Oh, the Google Google Boogle
Oh, the Google Google Boogle
Oh, the Google Google Boogle
Pay low, rights lost ra! ra! ra!

You put your next book in,
Your next book out,
In, out, in, out, shake it all about
You do the Google Boogle
And you turn around
That's what it's all about!

Oh, the Google Google Boogle...'
....and continue for the next 27 verses until you've run out of money to pay the lawyers.
-By Roger Tagholm
Frankfurt Book Fair, the second day in 2009

While visiting three of the other halls at the book fair; including, the Chinese exhibitions, it was a quick look at booths with a variety of products for sale; so, the hall where more electronic devices were being shown to produce e-books or the digital print of books became an objective to see.

There were also discussions with more tech representatives about new ways of presenting content on the internet via portable electronic devices.

China's web users are savvy, enthusiastic and organized. The internet provides one of the only means for truly national marketing and retail in a sprawling and geographically fragmented market.

Chinese technology has leapfrogged other parts of the world and a strong online presence is crucial to any print success.

-Jo Lusby, general manager of Penguin China;
as seen in "China on the Move"; The Bookseller Daily;
Frankfurter Buchmesse; Thursday, October 15, 2009;
Page 11.
Gnats, mosquitoes, and other pesky insects

Today's family units will be about "gnats, mosquitoes and other insects that bug us" starting with the unit of culci- words plus those shown in the related links that are indicated at the bottom of the unit pages.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that this topic is not important because it has global implications which we must live with whether we like it/them or not.

It's becoming more difficult each passing day to find a disease we can afford and we need to remember that fatal diseases kill more people than any other kind.

-E.C. McKenzie
God, gods, or deities and the terms that include such theological concepts

There are many words that refer to theology, or the study of God or deities known as gods.

Learn more about these various religious terms as indicated at the link just presented and use the links at the bottom of each page to see many additional religious terms and references in their related word groups which will expand your theological vocabulary.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Google topics for exploration

Google has a special page of Topics or Subject Links which might be of interest to you. At least it won't hurt to take a look at the page and see if there is anything that you might find of some value. It won't hurt to look at them.

What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.

-H.P. Liddon

Education is a journey, not a final destination.


bullet There are several diverse subjects that are presented at this Google Trends page which are available for your convenience.

Graffiti through the centuries
Ever since man could write, he has written on walls.

There is no form of literature so old or so universal as graffiti. It's been around since the days of the cave painters and looks like it will be with us for the rest of time.

Graffiti can be about anything; such as, philosophical graffiti, political graffiti, protest graffiti, racist graffiti, graffiti about graffiti, and graffiti that manage to be about graffiti: "Down with graffiti!"

Brevity is the soul of wit and many of the best bits of graffiti are short, sharp slogans that pack a punch and promote a cause:

  • Stop air pollution, quit breathing.
  • Help stamp out philately.
  • Help a nun kick the habit.
  • Eggheads of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your yokes.
  • To save face, keep the lower half shut.
  • Autopsy is a dying practice.
  • Anarchists unite!.
  • Fight poverty the American way, get a job.
  • You're never alone with schizophrenia.
-From "Graffiti-The Greatest" by Gyles Brandreth
in The Joy of Lex; William Morrow and Company, Inc.;
New York; 1980; Pages 39-41.
Graffiti wall wisdom

Sometimes we can even learn from a wall and the graffitist's cynical philosophy:

  • There's more to life than meets the mind.
  • The best-laid plans of mice and men are filed away somewhere.
  • Earthquake predictors are faultfinders.
  • Florists are just petal pushers.
  • An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps everyone away.
  • What has posterity every done for me?
  • Old soldiers never die, just the young ones.
  • Even hypochondriacs can be ill.
  • The happiest day is that day in the past that you always run back to when the present proves unbearable.
-From "Graffiti-The Greatest" by Gyles Brandreth
in The Joy of Lex; William Morrow and Company, Inc.;
New York; 1980; Page 43.
Grasshoppers in Every Pot

Have you noticed occasions on TV where people are eating fried insects which have been seasoned with a variety of "appealing" tastes? Humans have been eating these sources of protein for centuries and this "A Grasshopper in Every Pot" is just one example of insectivorous consumption, or specifically, acridophagy which is taking place even in our modern times.

Man does not live by words alone; despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.

-Adlai Stevenson
Great rainbow of languages

As you probably know, English is the richest of all the languages known to mankind, past or present. It keeps churning out new words by borrowing everything, everywhere, from everyone; and that's not all.

Once a foreign word is swallowed, digested, and accepted into everyday speech, it becomes English. The major problem is that few of us can keep up with such an explosion of words, much less the thousands that have come to us from the past.

That's why great efforts have been made to provide the multitudes of words that you can view in this Word Info Index where you can examine the thousands of words which have been inherited from the past and the vocabulary which is continuously being created from those historical word-family units.

You may also see A complete Table of Contents including all of the word entries and unit descriptions that are alphabetized and available in this Word Info site.

Hair, hair, and more hair!

Historical and modern hair styles for men and female coiffures are explained and beautifully illustrated at these links.

Of course, each page has links to other "hair" words which are worth checking out.

A hairpiece is proof that many a man attaches more importance to what's on his head than to what's in it.

Hair is something on a man's head that's either parted or departed.

-Evan Esar
Hands and their many useful applications

A significant word group includes the subject about hands starting with this alphabetical listing of cheiro words from Greek.

Success is a ladder that cannot e climbed with our hands in our pockets.

-American Proverb

Extending your hand is extending yourself.

-Rod McKuen, Book of Days

Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.

-Pope John XXIII
Hearing and listening family units

Sounds are very important to many creatures in the world and so words about hearing or listening to sounds must be known, too, and they are available in this acous unit, plus links at the bottom of each page pointing to other families with the same meanings; so you can incorporate them into your vocabulary treasury.

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.

-Dave Barry
American Writer and Humorist.

This link will take you to the Focal Points of Information for links to other topics or subjects of interest.