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September 19, 2011

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I hadn't known "-ster" was from "an Old English root that originally meant “female agent of”." One of the sketches in Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney's "Parallel Lives"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389066/

includes a riff on the suffix "-ess:" "I am the lioness! I am the tigress! I am the Teamsters!" It's a wonderful moment; I think it may have originated in a script meeting where one of them suggested "seamstress" and the other either misheard or just punned on Teamsters, and a gag was born.

I envision a drink stirring device from Nestlé.

honestly, my first reaction was something along the lines of failed L2 attempt to use a sexual euphemism. but they didn't ask me (or anyone else, apparently).

What drives me craziest about the choice of Qwikster is that there are so many phonetic variations of the name that it's a candidate for terminal misspelling. That, and it's so boring that it makes Netflix sound snazzy.

Jessica: I misspelled it myself in a LinkedIn Group post. Aarrggh.

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