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13 December 2010


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I see you waited until it was over to rend your garment.

I laughed out loud at your closing paragraph.

Matthew Gallaway

Insane but awesome.


Your Greek instructor's account of the widespread use of -s for pluralizing nouns in Romance languages makes sense. But I am not sure it is the exclusive source of the -s plural in English, since in Old English nouns classed as "masculine" and "strong" have an -s plural in the nominative and accusative cases. E.g.: stan, stanas (stone): daeg, dagas (day); mearh, mearas (horse). Maybe the Romance language -s reinforced something present in Old English and led to it being extended to most plural nouns.


You look triumphant, and extremely attractive, in your last picture. Rather intimidating.

Thank goodness for the last paragraph. A permanent ascent to demigodhood would've made you so dull.


It's really insane but I'm impressed und much more that you kept your humor.
Does Asaph follow also a paléolithic diet?


You and Asaph really must bring this event out to The Island. Just imagine the sort of obstacles you could encounter in The Great Swale!


Congratulations on your new found swagger. The mud run looks incredibly fun and I am envious. At 48, however, I think it would either kill me or make me look ridiculous in front of oh so hot men...either way I seem to lose.

Random Dude

You're awesome, my man!

I'll be 44 this year and am sincerely committed to achieving my greatest level of fitness... evah!

And to once again feel the sweet, sweet satisfaction of dunking a basketball. You're an inspiration.


I can see your Apollo's belt.I last saw mine in 1996.

Bourgeois Nerd

"Ancient and Epicene" is totally your memoir title!

"I worried about the implication of our language being so much simpler than that of the ancients, and getting simpler all of the time."

Bollocks. English is no more "simpler" than ancient Greek, just different.

Speaking of mysteries, perhaps, with your Ancient Greek knowledge now, you can solve on of mine: how did the Greek prefix "sun" (literally transliterated) end up "syn"?



I think it is because the υ in σύν is the letter Upsilon (Ύψιλον), and the uppercase version is Υ. In Ancient Greek it supposedly had the pronunciation of the modern French u, as in nul. According to Wikipedia: "Four letters of the Latin alphabet arose from it: V and Y and, much later, U and W."

So I bet the prefix "syn" came through Latin, where it had been borrowed early on, maybe before there was a U.

Bourgeois Nerd

That makes perfect sense. Thanks, Eric!


Pomegranates, like rustic bread, should be torn, not sliced. If you make a few shallow, longitudinal cuts in the fruit and then twist it a little, it breaks the way God intended it to, with the seed chambers more or less intact.

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