1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

2. Spice World (1997)

3. Vanilla Sky (2001)

4. Paprika (2006)

5. Salt (2010)

6. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)


June 20, 2013

in food,Movies



June 11, 2013

in #23,2013,Best Comics Ever,food,Monday Comic,Webcomic

Once upon a time, I wrote a post about how words that end in -cula mean little. For example: molecule means little mass, and granule means little grain.  Then! Suddenly! Today I thought of another.

Dracula! Dracula is Draco + cula. What is draco? Draco means dragon. Spoiler: Draco Malfoy = Dragon Bad Faith. Learn more Harry Potter names here.

The original vampiric association with Dracula was through Vlad III, known was Vlad Tepes, Tepes meaning Impaler. Curiously, Dracula was Vlad’s family name, the patronym. The internet doesn’t tell me much more than that, which is why this post has been in my drafts folder for seven months…

(EDIT: Commenter oetpay assisted with a link below, which explains that Vlad Dracul-ea means son of (-ea) Vlad Dracul, who was associated through dragons through the family heraldic crest. So it turns out that analyzing dracula and chocula as little dragons and little chocolate is not historically accurate. But we could say Count Chocula is son of Count Chocul.)

[and then suddenly…]

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October 21, 2012

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October 1, 2012

in #40,2012,food,Monday Comic,Webcomic

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July 23, 2012

in #30,2012,food,Monday Comic,Webcomic


I’m trying to figure out whether flapjack is an endocentric or exocentric compound. Flap is a verb, jack is a noun, and it’s a fun compound. If I can include it in my research, I’d like to. Is a flapjack a type of jack, or a thing (not a jack) that flaps jacks?

Flap from flapjack is listed in the OED under definition 4a. It has Germanic relatives.

— Do yourself a favor and act out the definition of flap as given above. Do it now. I defy you not to giggle while you do it. Descriptive words are amazing. You really get the feeling that you’re manhandling whatever it is between your hands. Wrestle it to the ground! Flap it!

[and then suddenly…]


May 25, 2012

in compounds,dissertation,food,sex,University of York,Words & Origins

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January 16, 2012

in #3,2012,food,Monday Comic,popsicle jokes,vegetables,Webcomic

1. O, Valencia! – The Decemberists

2. Sweet Tangerine – The Hush Sound

3. Clementine – The Decemberists

4. Tangerine Speedo – Caviar

5. Apples and Tangerines – The Phoenix Foundation

6. Clementine – Pink Martini

7. Mi Otra Mitad de Naranja – Tosca Tango Orchestra

8. Orange Moon – Erykah Badu

9. Jaded Mandarins – Jesus Christ Superstar


11. Blood – Dispatch*

*lots of other songs with blood in the title

**She Don’t Use Jelly – Flaming Lips

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January 9, 2012

in food,fruit,Music,Playlists,short list


January 9, 2012

in #2,2012,food,Linguistics jokes,Monday Comic,syntax

1. Veggie Tales Theme Song – Veggie Tales

2. A Cautionary Tale – The Decemberists

3. Collard Greens, Fish and Cornbread – Anthony Hamilton

4. Collard Greens – The Yin Yang Twins

5. Collard Greens and Cornbread – Fantasia

6. Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

7. Rapper’s Delight – The Sugar Hill Gang

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January 9, 2012

in food,Music,Playlists,short list,vegetables,vegetables