When is a blog not a blog? When it's a bunch of random items mired in a swamp. Hence the title. The accompanying picture is seen as through a glass lightly.
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Be thankful you don't have to perform these!
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all...
Until you come home and find feathers all over the place and on your dog’s muzzle
Though often preoccupied with puns, I’m sometimes post-occupied with what I call “uns”: words that should be opposites but aren’t or should have opposites but don’t. For example, the opposite of over is under, but why isn’t the opposite of under just der, and why don’t we call slacks and jeans derpants? I derstand why not.
Similarly, why isn’t ion the opposite of union or ction the opposite of unction or my father’s sister my cle?
On the other hand, whereas they say that opposites attract, sometimes I’m happy just to find that opposites exist, even if they may be unattractive. For example, I was gruntled to learn that gruntled IS the opposite of disgruntled.
You may ask why I use the term opposite rather than antonym. It’s because I like nyms and have only dain for them. I would never dis one.
Sometimes it’s not so clear cut. If a unicorn has one horn, then does an icorn have two horns or no horn? Same with unicycle, does an icycle have two wheels or no wheel? And at what lowered height-to-diameter ratio does a cylinder go from being a k to a disk?
In closing I have to ask that if, as I said some 60 years ago, a good pun is its own re-word, then does a good un go unre-worded? Or is that worded?
David Mudrick, with apologies to Fred Herring
September 6, 2020
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