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Language question: when did the D come off the end of clichéd? I've seen even intelligent, literate people talk about things being cliché recently. Very annoying.

News of the week: Swearing at work helps you cope with stress and is generally desirable. One of my workmates - in London - sent me this link just after I'd spent the first 90 minutes of my shift swearing, pretty much, so it made me very happy.

More swearing: A great article by Steven Pinker in the New Republic - What the F***? Why We Curse. Steven Pinker is LanguageGod, you understand, and I don't know what the New Republic is, but if it has articles like that, I like it. Link from a similarly interesting discussion on miss_next's journal.

More language: A collection of the Scots Language Centre's Words of the Week, giving you definitions, etymologies and geographical locations for great Scottish words like dwam and oose and swither and skoosh and skelf. I always forget that non-Scots call skelfs splinters.

Why Atheists Are Angry is a wonderful blog entry, verging on an atheist manifesto, which is ideal to point people to if they tell you that religion doesn't do that much harm really and is good for a lot of people. It doesn't insult religious people, just lists things that are done by religions or in the name of religion that should make everyone angry. Particularly intelligent comments, too, from both believers and atheists.

Also, Free Rice is a word-definition game which will donate 10 grains of rice to people who need it every time you choose the correct definition of a word. The words get harder, too. It's quite fun - well, if you're me - and for a good cause, etc.

Going to see Antigone tonight. Very cultured, yes.

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sloopjonb
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's your actual French, innit? - tres cliché.

We used to call splinters skelfs when I were a lad. Sometimes.
gwinniegirl
Oct. 18th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes.

Cliché= past participle of the verb in French.

Well, the French steal enough from English, I guess we must do the same. Or we are lazy.
pickwick
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I wish I had confidence that they were all mimicking the French past participle :D
miss_next
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
The Free Rice site is a brilliant idea. I've bookmarked it. :-)
endless_psych
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Why are aetheists angry?

Why indeed should it just be aetheists that are angry?

Aetheists shouldn't need a manifesto - because ths act of aetheism is just to accept there aren't any Gods. Why turn aetheism into a political agenda or worse a religion in its own right?

I've always thought the point of aetheism was to escape dogma and to think for ones self not to adopt certain beliefs or points of attack against the establishment. Thats just a different level of conformity.

Religion may well be an excuse for a lot fo unpleasentness and downright "evil" doings in the world but why turn aetheism into a movement or a "religion" of its own to combat it. Why use aetheism an expression of people choosing not to believe religious dogma into a dogma of non belief.
andrewducker
Oct. 17th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Why indeed should it just be aetheists that are angry?
It shouldn't be. Any oppressed group should be angry. Was anyone saying that nobody else should be?

I've always thought the point of aetheism was to escape dogma and to think for ones self not to adopt certain beliefs or points of attack against the establishment.
Did anyone say any different?
endless_psych
Oct. 17th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
It shouldn't be. Any oppressed group should be angry. Was anyone saying that nobody else should be?

Not quite what I was getting at - just that I didn't see why a lot of the things in the linked article should be considered as hust things that make aetheists angry. A lot of the things included also make members of the religions at which the anger is by implication aimed angry also. Aetheists do not have the monopoly on being angry about things is the point I was making. Which I think is also the point you are making - call it the fundamental attribution error if you like.

I've always thought the point of aetheism was to escape dogma and to think for ones self not to adopt certain beliefs or points of attack against the establishment.
Did anyone say any different?


Well the idea of an aetheist manifesto that was expressed in the O.P. could be taken in the way thaat there are certain opinions and beliefs that aetheists should perhaps have.

Ultimatly though aetheism (as with any religious choice) should be a personal thing and in (Britain at least) the abscence of a phrobhibitive religious lobby or government does kind of make being an angry aetheist defunct. Furthermore being an angry aetheist to me is pointless why not just be angry without needing to align your beliefs to a philosophical position. IE rather then being angry at religion because your an aetheist be angry at things that deserve anger and also be an aetheist.

Meh. sense much making not.
dibsy
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Ignorant theists screwing up the world deserve anger.
endless_psych
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
Far be it from me to suggest your bordering on secterianism there...
(Anonymous)
Oct. 18th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Did you not read the article, or were you just unable to understand it?
pickwick
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Atheism needs to have a political agenda, because religion does, and the only way to stop the religious agenda winning is to fight it.

The point of atheism is that you don't believe in any gods, as you said, nothing to do with rebelling against conformity!
magda_vogelsang
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
I concur. And I just got up to 210 grains of rice. Must try again.
elaby
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm just dumb... I've never actually looked it up, but I always thought that "cliche" was the adjective. It never occurred to me that there was a difference between that and the one with the "d" on the end. And it doesn't have an accent ague because I can't find how to do it on my Mac -_-
pickwick
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
It might well be an American/ British distinction, actually, not sure.
elaby
Oct. 27th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Aaah, that very well could be!
redatt
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I donated a 1320 grains of rice -- is that a bowlful, do you suppose? -- and got to level 50 I gave up on 'struma'. I like this game: it allows one to feel useful whilst time wasting.
londonkds
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Also, Free Rice is a word-definition game which will donate 10 grains of rice to people who need it every time you choose the correct definition of a word. The words get harder, too. It's quite fun - well, if you're me - and for a good cause, etc.

China Mieville has a nice story about this kind of thing.
pickwick
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Meep! Freaky! I must read more Mieville, actually.
marcella_riddle
Oct. 18th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
*steals some links*
gwinniegirl
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Lost shitloads (SWEARING - WAHAA!) of time on Free Rice. It's a great idea, was glad to test my vocab on it. :)
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