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What if there's no such thing as "Average Global Temperature"?
It's like "calculating the average phone number in the phone book. That is meaningless.”
7 people shot at Snapchat house party in east Houston, police say
Obviously the high-capacity internet is a huge problem. Does anyone really need the ability to reach thousands of Snapchat readers in a matter of seconds? We need common sense internet control!
I am The Cuckhunter. I know how the cuck mind works. I didn't ask for this power -- I was burdened with it.
I mean, I know this was obvious, but down the sidebar items page I was talking about this NeverTrump Charm Tactic, #4-b
The Cuckshed's Nazi-Hunters now come for Ben Shapiro
Star Cuckshed writer and leftist Molly-Jong Fast also claims a picture which is clearly that of Steve King is Louie Gohmert. Great JournOlisming! Oh well, I guess we all look alike.
Oh here's an etymology I just stumbled into: Trebuchet
There's a French word, trebucher, which means to trip or stumble. I think I saw it can also mean "topple over" or "overthrow." So a trebuchet, when it throws the stone, seems to topple over itself, when you think about that throwing arm clumsily tripping forward and then downwards. It even "over-throws" something.
So that's where everyone's favorite crew-serviced weapon in Medieval action games gets its name.
Hm, I wonder if trip comes from trebucher. Answer: apparently not.
Hmm again: "trip" and "trap" seem like they should be related, given that a snare will make you trip. Maybe if you go back far enough the words trip or trap might be related to trebuchet. (No, ignore that. I'm just making things up.)
Etymology: Redoubtable
It means "provoking awe or fear [due to one's ability]. The "doubt" part comes from the old French douter, which means to doubt. The "re-" prefix has the meaning everyone knows -- "to do again" -- and one you might not know: It also modifies the stem word to indicate "to the extreme" or "in some extreme way."
So here I guess the "re-" was added to "douter" to mean "provoke so much fear that the enemy doubts himself."
Interesting thing: the French had a lot of Latin Pride and so they started adding in unnecessary letters just to stress or indicate the Latin word the French word was derived from. So they added in "b" to douter and redouter to make it clear they come from the Latin word for "to doubt," dubitare.
The English also had this same fad and added their own -b to doubt to indicate the Latin dubitare. Even though neither language had pronounced that phantom b for centuries!
But here's the thing: The French eventually dropped that unnecessary -b from their words douter, redouter, and redoutable while the English kept their silent -b's. So we're the dum(b) ones on this.
Also interesting: You might guess that "redoubt," meaning stronghold or fortress or defendable position, is related to redoubtable. In fact, they're completely unrelated, except for a stupid reason. Redoubt, the noun for strong position, comes from the Italian ridotto, which itself derives from the Latin "reductere" meaning "to lead back to." The idea being, a redoubt is where you head back to when the enemy is too strong.
So what's the "b" doing in a word whose Italian and Latin roots have no "b"? Well, apparently people just mistakenly thought it was related to doubt/redoubtable and stuck that -b in there. And we kept it. For good reasons! Great reasons, really! Just hang on there and I'll write this list of all the really good reasons we kept that -b we stuck in for no reason except to emphasize a completely erroneous etymology! Just give me a minute to get my pad, which out this door... (fast footsteps receding quickly into background)
Jonah "Both Sides" Goldberg writes an article I didn't think anyone had the guts to write: "both sides" responsible for harming public discourse, spinning conspiracy theories
Both sides? Both sides? I've never heard this before. What a subtle intelligence you have, Jonah.
Very subtle. Almost entirely undiscernable.
"Stacey Abrams will NOT run for president. She decided in recent days, and informed allies that she's comfortable w/ current Dem field." Wow...President Trump just dodged a bullet! [CBD]
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A friend mentioned that he liked a commenter's appraisal of "Hold Me Back!" Fredo as "bodyguard tough." Fredo has the courage of two men -- both of his bodyguards' courage, in fact.
Should we Red Flag Fredo's drivers license?
Drag racing after boozing? Seems to be a threat to the others as well as to himself.
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