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cafegroundzero in Illinois is doing 40 things including…

write a dictionary

7 cheers


cafegroundzero has written 8 entries about this goal

I learned now a more meaningful definition or amplified my understanding of "platitude:"

plat·i·tude /ˈplætɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/

–noun 1. a flat, dull, or trite remark, esp. one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
2. the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite: the platitude of most political oratory.

[Origin: 1805–15; < F: lit., flatness, equiv. to plat flat (see plate1) + -itude, as in F latitude, altitude, magnitude, etc.]

—Synonyms 1. cliché, truism. Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

platitude. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved February 04, 2008, from website:
Chicago Manual Style (CMS):
platitude. Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. (accessed: February 04, 2008).
Modern Language Association (MLA):
“platitude.” Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 04 Feb. 2008.

CILA - community integrated living arrangement

a term used by social workers in Illinois and perhaps other states too. Any information on this term and with whom or where it originated?

Garnered from a supervisor in a state agency recently.

pond scoggin

South Georgian dialect of Southern English; means a type of white egret, I think the one with the yellow legs.

Two recent "finds"

Orangeburg pipe

and… what WAS that

statistical indicator

I think.

A couple of words I learned while studying Ulysses by Joyce

n : word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult

antepenult n : the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end [syn: antepenultimate]

Now if I can just finish this damned 15th chapter.


I didn’t know this was in usage (that it was a word) until I heard E.J. Dionne use it in an interview on the state of White House politics or something like that, maybe “the war on terror.” Anyway, I looked it up using our latest favourite search engine. Here’s an example:

Special to the NNPA from IPS/GIN … a law – thanks to a drafting error – designed to regularize Haitian refugees who arrived before 1996, he explained in an …

“Actually, even most opponents at least pretend they don’t care about the numbers but are only concerned about the fact that so many immigrants are breaking the law to get here. The primary focus of the President, Democrats, half the GOP and 65% of the American people is, therefore, to regularize and legalize that immigration. Mr. Samuelson fails to offer any reasons why that’s a bad idea and, of course, can’t make a moral case against it.”

It’s in the OAD too.

tramp stamp

A tattoo located on the lower back, in the area of the waistline, the curve of the posterior. (From the Neil Borst radio talk show).

shad boat

U.S. South. Small sailing boat of shallow draft, fast and easy to manoevre. Often built of cypress or juniper. Lenghth between 22 and 33 feet. Not built much after late 1930’s due to competition by larger, mechanized boatworks. (Source: Centre for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Program).

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