Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang

Accidental(ly) on purpose – Deliberately, but with the appearance of accident: ‘So I put me hand on her knee, see, sort of accidental on purpose.’ (Literary locus classicus: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, 1923.)

–from Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang discovered The Guardian article by Dalya Alberge

 

A Wild Hanzi Appears! [some adult language, links to nsfw site]

I took kind of a me-day yesterday and was planning on another one today, just relax catch up on some of the webcomics I read. But in one of them a Chinese character turned up and got me curious, plus It was relevant in other ways so I thought, why not make a blog post about it? Still sort of against my no-work-at-all-today rule, but no need to be too rigid there either. Besides, who am I to say no when the universe drops me a “subtle” hint? (I’m not really superstitious in that way, but sometimes I wonder…)


This is the character:

Easy enough to look up if you know your stroke orders. I like it. Good choice for a tattoo.

实 [實] /  shí / real, true, honest, really, solid, fruit, seed, definitely

xiaoma /⇒  mdbg


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Beating My Own Drum

Hello everyone. Did you know today is the Dragon Boat Festival?

It’s a very important Chinese festival that has to do with… uh… dragonboats and dragons and boats and there’s drums and poetry and… something about balancing an egg at noon? To be honest, I didn’t really have time to do research.

Also, it’s my birthday (I’m sign of the Fire Dragon, incidentally) so perhaps I may be forgiven for showing off a bit. If you want to indulge me and have a look at ⇒ this (⇒ annotated via mandarinspot.com) and at ⇒ this (⇒ link to pdf – check out page 9). Isn’t that something? Best serendipitous birthday presents ever!

To be serious for a moment, I really do feel quite honored and am very delighted.

So. All right. Got dragons covered, got drums covered. Now, let me see, pretty sure I’ve got boats somewhere… okay, here’s one, and there’s another one. Anything else? Oh, right, egg balancing… how about this? …seems a bit wobbly… okay, this one’s more auspicious, I suppose:

Giraffe hatching from egg
Hatching Giraffe

 


Links

vcws.org学联精彩  – 特别报道 [annotated via mandarinspot.com]

ordway.org2017  Children’s FestivalGu Gu Drum Group / Study Guides2017 festival study guide (pdf!)

Idiom: Precarious as a Pile of Eggs – 危如累卵Hatching Giraffe