September 24th, 2010


Apparently I've used "Oppressive tool of the patriarchy" in a poll before.

A woman taking her partner's name after they marry

A perfectly valid personal choice
Oppressive tool of the patriarchy

Portia De Rossi taking Ellen DeGeneres' surname

A perfectly valid personal choice
Oppressive tool of the patriarchy

Delicious LiveJournal Links for 9-24-2010


Another word for "pedant" is "right".

Charles Babbage once wrote to Tennyson saying:
In your otherwise beautiful poem one verse reads,

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born

If this were true the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest that the next edition of your poem should read:

Every moment dies a man
Every moment 1 1/16 is born

Strictly speaking the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.

Which just goes to show that if they'd had the internet then, things would have been exactly the same.

Also, I love the phrase "sufficiently accurate for poetry".