atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5917: Ah, that's what it means

Thanks to Facebook, today I learned that a word which had floated around my brain for a very long time is an actual word (from a foreign language) and it had an actual meaning.

Schildkröte was what bounced around in my brain; it turns out to be the German word for "turtle". I must have seen it in one of my German textbooks years ago, and forgot the definition, but the word stuck with me because it's kind of neat.

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Jeremy Clarkson once commented that a Soviet Russian-made car needed gasoline imported from Finland "so it didn't have twigs in it". Venezuelan crude oil has the same quality issue as Soviet gasoline. Not "twigs" but water, soil, other gunk.

100% typical of a glorious workers' paradise.

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Looks as if people are realizing just how inaccurate GDP is as a measure of economic health. Because it doesn't take borrowing into account, just spending.

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Wyoming man who identifies as a woman raped a 10-year-old girl in the womens' bathroom.

Gadzooks. There's so much wrong with this I don't know where to begin.

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Star Trek Discovery, boldly demolishing social taboos no one has demolished before. *rolleyes*

There is no doubt in my mind that some writer for STD wrote that scene thinking, "This is going to be just as big as when Kirk kissed Uhura!" Except it's not, because far too many TV series have already said "fuck" about a jillion times. (Such as when I referred to Game of Thrones as Game of Fuck! because they used the word so many times in the first couple of episodes. Also, whenever the ravens cawwed I'd say, "Fuck! Fuck!" as if translating them, in parody of the show's reliance on foul language.)

One of the reasons you do not generally hear foul language in Star Trek comes from something Kirk said in The Voyage Home. "Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word." The society in the 23rd century has largely evolved beyond the need for invective.

"Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"

No, it most certainly ain't, and it's yet another way in which STD is fail.

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Today is Thursday. Hopefully tonight I will remember to take out the trash.

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