Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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Go balloons, go balloons

I've been watching Bush's acceptance at the RNC. Once again, we got a half-assed wishy-washy balloon drop. The confetti drop was a little better.

Remember the disastrous DNC balloon drop? If Kerry loses in November, some of the blame will surely be laid at the foot of the Democrats' miserable failure of a balloon drop.

In the 21st century, this is shameful. If we can send a man to the moon, there's no excuse not to have the technology to drop balloons on command. I say we need a federal task force to address this problem. We need a NASA for balloon-drop technology, the National Balloon and Confetti Administration. Why is no presidential candidate addressing this critical issue?

Every once in a while you run across a word for which there is apparently no generally accepted correct spelling.

catacorner adj : slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line; "set off in a catty-corner direction across the vacant lot" [syn: cata-cornered, catercorner, cater-cornered, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered]

Stop it, English, you're making my head hurt.

I'm reduced to googling for how commonly these variants occur, which turns out to be useless, because it seems that every cat lover and cat fancy outfit on the net thinks it's cute to call itself "Kitty Corner."

Oof. Ack. Crap. 

meaning: mistake, mis-

誤解 == gokai == misunderstanding
正誤 == seigo == correction

Right radical is 'give' (呉), here being used in its literal meaning of 'brag/deviate from the truth'. Left radical is 'words/speak' (言). Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Mistaken words given.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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