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Spelling Word of the Day: Omniscience … in my pants

June 30, 2010

Every day of 2010, I’ll be posting a spelling word here for those who would like some spelling bee practice. Photo at right is a spelling bee Jen and bobby were hired to host for Ryan McGinness’s “50 Parties” event series.

Start the audio file to hear the word, definition, and etymology. Once you’ve spelled the word for yourself, click “Show” to see the answer.

The Answer:

[spoiler]pansophy[/spoiler]

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Spelling Word of the Day: Botoxic

June 29, 2010

Every day of 2010, I’ll be posting a spelling word here for those who would like some spelling bee practice. Photo at right is a spelling bee Jen and bobby were hired to host for Ryan McGinness’s “50 Parties” event series.

Start the audio file to hear the word, definition, and etymology. Once you’ve spelled the word for yourself, click “Show” to see the answer.

The Answer:

[spoiler]disport[/spoiler]

Go here to learn more about the Williamsburg Spelling Bee. Bookmark this page for spelling bee words only.

Bullish: What to Charge for Your Work (and What to Pay Your Assistant)

June 24, 2010

My newest column on TheGloss!

New on TheGloss: How Wealthy Are You Really? (As measured in naps, cappuccinos, and freedom from Big Brotherism)

June 17, 2010

FreshDirect Thinks Your Breasts Are Like Two Young Roes That Are Twins

June 10, 2010

In 2007, I was apparently the only person to notice the Naughty Freshdirect Copywriters who commented that “Once you try our homemade cranberry sauce you’ll never take it in the can again.”

Now, this:

Now, the Song of Songs does contain some unusual juxtapositions:

Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.

So, it was almost believable that this same lover with the neck like an armory and the teeth like sheep might also have lips like herring. Almost.

As it turns out, the only other reference to “lips like twin herrings” on the entire internet is on a Jewish Jokes website:

“I cast my net over the waters, and the catch is good.
Yea, my lovers’ lips are like twin herrings,
pan-fried and drizzled with lemon butter.
I will serve them on endive leaves;
I will garnish them with goat’s cheese and sprigs of parsley.
Verily will I feast upon them,
first carefully removing the bones.”

Naughty Freshdirect copywriters.

New on TheGloss: Why do we hate celebrity lifestyle gurus so much?

June 10, 2010

New on TheGloss!

June 3, 2010

Here’s my newest column over on TheGloss. (By the way, lately I’ve been updating the blog I get paid for more often than the blog I don’t! Shocking, I know! But I’ll hook the Spelling Words of the Day back up soon. Thanks for visiting here!)