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Hyperion June 9, 2001

#46 Fighting the Losing Battle

When I was in college, there was this hideous evil building where we were fed gruel and the like. Everyone called it the Caf, short for cafeteria, except for one guy. He thought we should class up the joint and was forever making appeals to rename the Caf the Dining Commons. Of course, the poor guy was fighting a losing battle.

That is how I feel sometimes, too. I have some issues that I feel strongly about, but I just cannot seem to get anyone on my side. I mention some to you, loyal readers, in hopes of picking up a few converts for the fight.

Why do we say “head over heels”? Our heads are always over our heels. If things are turned around (as the term implies), then should not it be “heels over head”?

Why do we celebrate birthdays? If we break the word down, it means day of birth. That only happens once. The French, and Light knows I have no love lost for them, actually have it right here. The celebrate L’anniversaire, the anniversary. We should too.

When you call someone on the phone, I think etiquette should be to introduce yourself before asking for your party. However, I can live with “Is Stephanie there?” What I cannot live with is someone who calls up and says, “Who’s this?” Hey, buddy, you called me. Who are you?

Yo, servers of the world: when I ask you what is good at your restaurant, tell me something. People that answer with “everything” are not usually trusted. If I wanted that kind of recommendation, I would just close my eyes and point. You work there, so give me an opinion.

The word retarded has two uses: the slowing process in baking (like to keep bread from rising), and someone who is mentally handicapped. Neither should be a put down. I am tired of people using this term to make fun of their friends. People used to say “gay” as a put-down, and that is not much better. Now this one is popular. Let us be a little creative here, huh folks?

Quit making fun of Michael Jackson. I know he is weird, but he is not a pervert. Those allegations were made by a family to extort money from him. They were proven utterly false. Unfortunately, in our society, to be accused is to be tarnished guilty. That’s another thing I hate, but I guess you guys cannot help me with that.

Why do we have cents? They are practically useless. We should bump everything up to the nearest nickel. This would save time and money. And while we are at it, quit being lazy and start using those dollar coins. Paper money lasts less than two years on average, but coins last virtually forever. What do you say?

My final losing battle is one I will fight to my death. Here is an example. Last December, at the end of the hotly contested Presidential war, I heard a TV reporter say that Supreme Court Justice David Souter had given the decisive vote to Bush, which was ironic because Souter had been appointed by Bush’s father.

Ironic? IRONIC? People, this could not have been further from ironic. If Souter had given the final vote to Gore, that would come close to irony. Every day I hear the words irony and ironic misused. People do not know what the word means. Something is ironic if the actual meaning is the opposite of the intended meaning. It helps if the person the irony is happening to is unaware.

To top it all off, a few years ago, this chick wrote a song called “Isn’t it Ironic” that did not contain ONE SINGLE IRONY!

Instead of just bitching here, I do have a solution. If something is a little more than coincidence, but not ironic, call it semironic. The next level up is galvonic. Galvonic would be that which is more than coincidence, but less than irony. It might be significant if we thought about it, but it is not that important, so we call it galvonic and move on. I made that word up; so don’t try to parse the word.

If something is beyond ironic, you could call it beyonic. Two more, and then I will leave you alone: A coincidence that involves irony could be called an ironcidence. Last but not first, you have heard of sardonic (which means derisive or sneering). Could we then say that someone who was spending their time whining about things they could not change would be involved in Sardony?

Forever fighting the losing battle,

June 9, 2001


citizen joe:sound judgement said...

Why do we say “head over heels”? Our heads are always over our heels. If things are turned around (as the term implies), then should not it be “heels over head”?
THIS IS MEANT FOR WOMEN , ONLY IF SHE WAS GETTING SCREWED.WHICH THEN WOULD HAVE HER WITH HER 'HEELS OVER HER HEAD',BUT that doesn't sound right. so...maybe aN ASS wank go it wrong and implied it to all amorous situations.. Correct me if i AM WRONG. blogger: soundjudgement citizenjoe.

citizen joe:sound judgement said...


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