Anatoly Liberman explores the enigmatic etymology of akimbo at the OUP blog. Italian? Gaelic? Icelandic? Middle English? Liberman: "[W]e are still not quite sure where akimbo came from, but 'origin unknown' would be an unnecessarily harsh verdict."
Tom at Minor Tweaks shares his e-mail exchange with Pepperidge Farm, makers of Artisan Cheese Snack Sticks: "Each snack stick is like a tiny baguette, one that might be carried by a tiny French person who is walking along a miniature Seine smoking an extremely small cigarette, thinking about existentialism and surrender." (A lesser writer would have stopped with "existentialism.")
You know about those atheist ads on buses in the UK, right? ("There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and get on with your life."*) Now you can generate your own bus slogan. Beancounters shows us how it's done. And Christa Allan alerts us to the lookalike poster (real? generated?) in an English bus stop: "There's probably no bus. So don't just stand here, start walking."
Speaking of sports, it's time for—cue flourish of trumpets—the Name of the Year tournament, the annual companion to March Madness. Early contenders include Harvard fencer Moonlit Wang, LSU football recruits Barkevious Mingo and Shavodrick Beaver, and CNN reporter Casanova Love. Get that office pool going!
And as long as we're in the mid-seventeenth, I saw this T-shirt on a guy standing behind me in a movie line, and I almost fell over laughing. Thanks, anonymous movie-line guy! Oh, and if you don't get the joke, read this.
Image source: H_NGM_N.
* They call it atheist. I say the "probably" makes it agnostic.