Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Buzzwords..Best Things Ever Said..Different Kind Of Christmas Tree..

Read this interesting piece in the week in review in the December 24th New York Times. Not sure of this is behind a firewall , but here is a link. As the author Grant Barrett says these words sort of capture the schadenfreude of our times. Some of them below...

Anchor baby: a derogatory term for a child born in the United States to an immigrant. Since these children automatically qualify as American citizens, they can later act as a sponsor for other family members.

Fox lips: lips colored and lined with makeup to seem more prominent, said of female anchors on Fox News. (If you have watched fox news, even for a bit you will know what I mean. *A* who detests Fox news caught on this right away the first time she saw the women on Fox News).

Hubby-sitter: a man hired to keep a woman’s husband out of trouble.

Hummer house: an overly large single-family residence. Synonyms from earlier years are starter castle, faux chateau and McMansion.

Johnny Jihad: a Muslim or Muslim combatant. Although this term dates to 1996 or earlier, its heaviest usage by far has occurred since 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq.

seven-thousand-mile screwdriver: micromanagement of a situation from afar. Lately used to describe the difficulties of managing the war in Iraq.

sneeze: a television advertisement shorter than 15 seconds.

spaghetti bowl: the interconnected and tangled economic relationships of a group of nations.

subzero: a size of clothing smaller than zero, same as size 00.

vice mail: voice-mail messages disguised as confidential stock tips left on the wrong answering machine, a form of the pump-and-dump scam.

zeteophobia: a fear of career-planning. Coined by John Krumboltz, a Stanford University professor.

The 25 Best Things Ever Said..

From this diary on dailykos. The ones I liked are reproduced, they are very relevant to our times.
  1. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  1. To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

2. There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts

--Benjamin Franklin

1. Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we all ought to be worried about our own souls, and other people's bellies.

-- Rabbi Israel Salanter 1810-1883

Overheard In New York.. Link

A Different Type Of Christmas Tree..

Where Depth and Sincerity are Appreciated

Chick #1: I have a friend who lives in Manhattan, but she totally hates it.
Chick #2: Why?
Chick #1: She says everyone here is so superficial. She's going to move to California.

--Greyhound bus, W 110th

Overheard by: Caroline

Can you spot what the cans of soft drink make up this tree?

From here, the answer is at the link too, in case you can't tell from the pic below. Hint..the color, focus on the color.


Lucia said...

As always, an amazing array of wonders!

Sai said...

Love this post!

I hate Fox news too and yes it is so true...the women are so heavily made up!

LOL to seven-thousand-mile screwdriver!

Shionge said...

Oh Wow! Beautiful tree :D Did you have a great time Sanjay? Thanks for sharing.

Something to Say said...

I agree with the rabbi's motto.
The only time we turn on Fox - is when we ish to hear some propaganda - which is never.
That tree thing was awesome too...

Carrie said...

Oh there is no way Fox would ever be on my TV. I threatened to push someone off my balcony for turning it on Fox.

I love the quotes, especially Thomas Jefferson's quote.

I like the tree but you know someone's teeth have to be rotten.

Diana said...

As Charles said moments ago, reading over my shoulder, "Pretty tree," followed by "Why the hell would anyone want to do that?" when he saw the particulars. Me? I think it's sort of clever. Takes recycling to a new level, although hard to decorate further.

Aditi said...

loved the quotes..
but i thought an anchor baby was someone who the parents used to immigrate.. so the kid was born here the parents werent citizen kinda thing.. i guess maybe not

deepsat said...

nice post sanjay!!

those quotes can never be forgotten!!

very interesting & unusual christmas tree!! LOL!!


Beach Bum said...

The three stooges Fox has on in the morning makes my stomach turn. Fox has more in common with the old Soviet Pravda than any real news service. Favorite quote is Ben Franklin's.

Sanjay said...

@Lucia.. Thanks

@Sai.. Thanks

@Shionge, Thanks quiet holiday, which is how I prefer them.

@Something.. Thanks

@Carrie.. lol.

@Diana..Yep can't do a lot beyond this. Yay you can comment now. :)

@Aditi.. I think it kind of means the same thing, except that they wait till the kid is of age to sponsor others in the family?

@Deepsat.. Thanks

@Beachbum..You are so right about Fox being like Pravda. Thanks for stopping by.

Anali said...

That tree is amazing!

Lera said...

Beautiful! captivating pic:)