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LiveJournal represented social media without borders. [04 Apr 2017|08:10am]

lafinjack
Friendly mod note, please to be warned:

"As of a few days [before 30 December 2016], the IP addresses for blogging service LiveJournal have moved to 81.19.74.*, a block that lookup services locate in Moscow, Russia. Now users -- especially those who do not trust the Russian government -- are leaving the platform and advising others to leave." - "LiveJournal represents social media without borders."

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Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says
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Proprietor: D. Windae! [14 Mar 2004|10:22pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | freezing ]

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A drinking-establishment apparently belonging to a Mr or Mrs D. Windae seen in Queen Charlotte Street, Leith, on 14th March, 2004.

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Apostrophe-anarchy [06 Dec 2011|07:34pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | busy ]

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Some serious apostrophe-anarchy seen in the window of a barber's shop in London Road, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, on 6th December, 2011.

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A 'bizarre' printed notice [03 Aug 2006|06:55pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | mystified ]


A printed notice advertising reduced-price tents seen in the entrance lobby of Asda at Newcraighall, Edinburgh, on 3rd August, 2006. I don't think there's anything particularly 'bizarre' about a £9.97 price-reduction, and I presume what Baz was trying to say was, 'Baz's Bazaar Bargains'.
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A classic example [06 Jun 2006|09:12pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | calm ]


A classic example of the signwriter's craft seen in the Thistle Centre in Stirling on 6th June, 2006. No idea, more like!
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Comedy signwriting [12 Jul 2022|07:10pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | astounded ]

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As I made my way down Leith Walk to the Bethany Bookshop on 12th July, 2022, this billboard advertising forthcoming events at the Playhouse Theatre caught my eye. Does anything about it strike you as being not-quite-right?

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Messrs Bit and Bob [01 Aug 2005|08:47pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | incredulous ]


The Three B's, a shop selling bedding, household and fancy goods in St. Andrews, Fife, owned by Messrs Bit and Bob, presumably! Seen on 1st August, 2005.

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Pete,s Tackle [23 Jun 2005|08:37pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | mystified ]


A shop sign seen in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, on 23rd June, 2005. This really defies explanation. Did the sign-writer think an apostrophe is just a comma that has wandered a bit? Or that names generally have commas inserted in the middle of them?
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Coffee delivered by pedal-power! [08 Aug 2022|10:28pm]

rock_dinosaur
[ mood | sluggish ]

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I happened to notice this sign advertising a coffee shop as I made my way up the Waverley Steps towards Princes Street, Edinburgh, on 8th August, 2022. Something about it caught my beady eye...

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Oversit [29 Dec 2017|10:58am]

theidolhands
Why can’t the opposite of “understand” be “oversit”? - Steven Wright
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"The whole town is wrong." [12 Mar 2017|05:32pm]

lafinjack
"Yes, there's a lot of letters."

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On Litotes, A Figure Of Speech. [19 Feb 2017|04:13pm]

lafinjack
From literarydevices.net:

Litotes, derived from a Greek word meaning “simple”, is a figure of speech which employs an understatement by using double negatives or, in other words, positive statement is expressed by negating its opposite expressions.

For example, using the expression “not too bad” for “very good” is an understatement as well as a double negative statement that confirms a positive idea by negating the opposite. Similarly, saying “She is not a beauty queen,” means “She is ugly” or saying “I am not as young as I used to be” in order to avoid saying “I am old”. Litotes, therefore, is an intentional use of understatement that renders an ironical effect.


From ‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation, The New York Times, 19 February 2017, emphasis added:

Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.

During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.

“You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

Not the Swedes.

Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday — or Saturday, for that matter — and Swedes were left baffled.

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister [of Sweden] and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Trump did not state, per se, that a terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden.


From Wiktionary:

Discursive, adjective

Etymology: From Middle French discursif, from Latin discurro

discursive (comparative more discursive, superlative most discursive)

(of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.

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[12 Feb 2017|10:33pm]

lafinjack
Education Department misspells name of
NAACP co-founder in tweet — and the apology had a mistake




Deleted tweet:
Post updated – our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo.
— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
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I'm making a note here... [10 Feb 2017|06:40pm]

lafinjack
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(Hail Hydra) [27 Jan 2017|03:35pm]

lafinjack
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It's been there for forty minutes now. [24 Jan 2017|07:06pm]

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We do not need any stinking education. [23 Jan 2017|09:50am]

lafinjack


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Seen on a T-shirt: [13 Dec 2016|08:58pm]

theidolhands

Hyphenated.

Non-hyphenated.

That's Irony.
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Edumacation is impertinent. [12 Dec 2016|03:26pm]

lafinjack
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I'm a cereal killer. [29 Nov 2016|08:49am]

lafinjack
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