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October 28, 2011

A bit of self indulgence here (If not here, where? If not now, when? If not me, who … er … whom?).

I have worked with engineers for many years and, as a group, I find their world view fascinating and very different from mine. Their capacity to store and retrieve technical data often leaves me flawed and more than a little green. However, and notwithstanding the imperative to avoid stereotyping, they are good to take the p out of.

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October 20, 2011

I guess if there are any rules for Wryday, this one breaks them all. It’s not particularly funny, nor even ‘wry’ but it really grabbed my attention when it arrived in my inbox this week.

Apparently it is a simulation — and a pretty good one! — of the events leading to the ditching of a passenger plane in the Hudson River a few years ago based on data retrieved from the black box recorder. Here’s the link .

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October 13, 2011

After a fraternal correction on CathPews and a response from Jules, for the record and for Wryday, I thought it would be good to reprint the Daily Telegraph’s top 10 misquoted phrases:

1. A damp squid (a damp squib)
2. On tender hooks (on tenter hooks)
3. Nip it in the butt (nip it in the bud)
4. Champing at the bit (chomping at the bit)
5. A mute point (a moot point)
6. One foul swoop (one fell swoop)
7. All that glitters is not gold (all that glisters is not gold)
8. Adverse to (averse to)
9. Batting down the hatches (batten down the hatches)
10. Find a penny pick it up (find a pin pick it up)

And, just in case you didn’t quite get the point about the squib thing:

F is for Wryday (68)

October 6, 2011

Is there a better symbol of frustration and perseverance than old Wile E Coyote?

What would happen if he finally … finally got that bird?

(PS, don’t watch it if you’re easily offended by language, religious stereotyping or you really love the Roadrunner.)