Each year the Washington Post's Style nvitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing only one letter and supply a new definition. Here are the 2002 winners: Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid. Giraffiti: Vandalism painted very, very high. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.) Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer. Glibido: All talk and no action. Dopeer Effect: The tendency for stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. And, the winner of the Washington Post's Style Invitational: Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole
I heard a rather amusing play on words at a work meeting one day: assume: makes an ass out of u and me No letters were replaced or swopped, but the definition seemed to work remarkably well, particularly in the context of IT development planning :roll: Of course, this one may be as old as the hills and I, as usual, was the last to hear about it
Yeah. It's progressed into something tiresome for me, as I find it's necessary to make assumptions all the time, in order to get things done without questioning everything. The thing is, I usually try to state the assumption up front, so that if I'm wrong, the source of the error is easier to detect. Occasionally someone pops up with that old canard about "assume" - but my theory is that it's the unstated assumptions that are the real problem. Don't bother me about my stated assumptions, unless you can replace them with more definite information.
Awwww...I forgot how much fun this forum can be. While recommending javaranch to quite the accomplished geek today, I realized I haven't been here to dumb down the place in a long time. You'd have no reason to remember my name of course, but it makes me happy to see some familiar 'faces' at the ranch. Rock on, y'all.
It's only been a year and five months since your last post, Julie Mc. Where's the fire?
Joined: Jan 30, 2000
You'd have no reason to remember my name of course Well some of us remember. Hi Julie!
Joined: Aug 28, 2000
Honestly? Wow, I didn't realize. My time away is indicative of how long it's been since I last had the privilege of working with techies (not one myself). If it helps stoke the fire, I can breathe on my monitor till it's all steamy and stuff. p.s. Jim!!! :wave: [ February 19, 2003: Message edited by: Julie McCarthy ]
Ok - I'm not saying these are great, but here are a couple of Java related 'new words': twitch - a nervous flow control keyword, when executed the program branches both ways. gloat - a primitive for really large floating point numbers that only you can pronounce. fry - risky code, if it throws an exception, it's so bad that the processor can short circuit. vinal - a class modifier for really old classes. duper - inheriting from really cool classes fop - a really stupid kind of loop
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