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2009-09-21 06:45 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, and WWftD - Mon. 21SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Schwanengesang, D-957: #4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert

March of the Day: Rolling Thunder by Jas. Henry Fillmore Jr.

The Worthless Word for the Day: deblateration
[fr. L. deblaterare, to prate or blab out] the act of prating or babbling.

"...in the words of Sir Thomas Urquhart.."We nauseate such quisquiliary deblaterations of philsophunculi." - Jacqueline Belanger, Critical Receptions

""Truly, sieur," replied Sir Thomas, "your observations on those antiquated times, as they are now called by those shallow and fidimplicitary coxcombs, who fill our too credulous ears with their quisquiliary deblaterations, appear to me both orderly digested and aptly conceived." - Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817

"(she'd received the ophelimitic deblateration of god...)" - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)

(quisquiliary: trashy, worthless)
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2009-09-18 06:47 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Fri. 18SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: The Horse Whisperer by Thomas Newman

March of the Day: The Atlantic City Pageant by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: philosophunculist
[fr. the Latinate form philosophunculus] rare : a petty or insignificant philosopher (see also philosophaster)

"You know, or should know, that I am a senior philosophunculist on active duty." - Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

"...the sagacity of the sapient philosophunculi..." - Blackwood's Edinb. Mag (1817)
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2009-09-17 06:43 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Thur. 17SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Songs, Op. 6: No. 6, "None But the Lonely Heart" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

March of the Day: The Aviators by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: deprehend
[fr. L. deprehendere: to seize, catch, detect, etc.] obs. :
1.) to seize, capture
2.) to take by surprise
3.) to perceive or detect
hence, deprehendible & deprehensible (detectable)

"[L]et them and the world know that thou.. can deprehend the wise in their own wisdom, and the proud in the imagination of their wicked hearts to their everlasting confusion." - John Knox (sermon, ca. 1570)

"I deprehend in myself more than an alacrity, a vehemency to do service to that company, and so I may find reason to make rhyme." - John Donne, Letters (1651)
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2009-09-16 11:11 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Wed. 16SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Caprice and Kleine Romanze for Cello and Piano, Op. 79E: No. 2 - Kleine Romanze by Max Reger

March of the Day: Powhatan's Daughter (Pocahantas) by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: snarge
[prob. onomatopœia] /snarj/ the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institution has, sometime within this century, coined this term for the goop that remains of a bird after it collides with an airplane (notwithstanding Charles Elster's insistence that it's really "a person nobody likes; a total jerk")

"Carla Dove(!) and her team at the feather-identification lab at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, study snarge — that's the bird goo that is wiped off an aircraft after it hits a bird." - All Things Considered [NPR], January 16, 2009

"How badly do I want to hear Tamara Taylor say, 'Any word on the snarge?' and/or 'There's human DNA in the snarge'? So. Badly." - Jamie Frevele, The Huffington Post Jan 21 2009
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2009-09-15 06:40 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Tue. 15SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in C-major, Op.11: 2nd Movement, Adagio by Carl Maria von Weber

March of the Day: Big Four by Karl King

The Worthless Word for the Day: eumoirous
[fr. Gk eumoiros, well-endowed by fortune] /yoo MOI rus/? rare : happy or lucky as the result of being good.

"But in a hundred years we wouldn't use a word like 'eumoirous'!" - Leo Rosten, The Return of Hyman Kaplan (1959)

"After the threesome went their own eumoirous ways, Regina Lochner slipped like a specially treated throat lozenge into the seedy, contrectated terra incognita of the Louisiana Francophile militia." - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)
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2009-09-14 07:01 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Mon. 14SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Londonderry Air a.k.a. Danny Boy - traditional/anonymous

March of the Day:
The Melody Shop by Karl King

The Worthless Word for the Day: perquisquilian
[fr. L. quisquiliae, trifles, rubbish] (cf. quisquilious) obs. nonce-word : thoroughly worthless

"It is a most unworthy thing for men that have bones in them, to spend their lives in making fiddle cases for futilous women's fancies: which are the very pettitoes of infirmity, the giblets of perquisquilian toys." - N. Ward, The Simple Cobler of Aggawam (1647)

but..

"Efficient primality routines blinking retribution and incalescent divinity without the avoidance of cachinnatory hysterics. Avoid the perquisquilian planets that hatch pseudo magic lanterns." - Jason Earls, Red Zen (2007)
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2009-09-11 06:39 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Fri. 11SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Chanson de matin, Op.15 No.2 "Morning Song" by Sir Edward Elgar

March of the Day:
Port Arthur by Roland Forrest Seitz

The Worthless Word for the Day:
commination - [fr. L. comminari, to threaten] /kom uh NAY shun/ a formal denunciation; also used loosely.

"The last [letter] is on the subject of religion, and by its publication will gratify the priesthood with new occasion of repeating their comminations against me." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams June 15, 1813
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2009-09-10 07:41 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Thur. 10SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Concerto for Guitar in D-major by Antonio Vivaldi

March of the Day:
Old Comrades by Carl Teike

The Worthless Word for the Day:
depontication [ad L. pons/pontis, bridge; after defenestration] the act of hurling from a bridge

"There are several instances of defenestration in Czech history, and it has continued into modern times. The martyrdom of St Johannes is the only case of depontication, but it must be part of the same Tarpeian tendency." - Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (1977)

[this is quoted (erroneously? ) online as 'depontiFIcation' , perhaps influenced by this: "Shana Alexander added that if this verb [to defenestrate] is acceptable, then jumping off of bridges should be "depontification."]
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2009-09-09 07:50 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Wed. 09SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Concerto for Harpsichord in F-minor: 2nd movement, Largo - Arioso Johann Sebastian Bach

March of the Day:
Tyrolean Woodcutter's March by Josef Franz Wagner

The Worthless Word for the Day:
maritodespotism [fr. L. maritus, husband + despotism] /MAR i toh DES puh tiz'm/ ruthless, tyrannical domination by a husband.

"One could very well assume that these women are victims of domestic violence and might have been subject to extreme maritodespotism without any recourse for legal or social review of their circumstances with the aim of attaining a favourable outcome." - Akin Akintayo, Akin (blog) 21 January 2009

"Ruthless domination by a husband is "maritodespotism. " Search for the comparable wife word is under way. Stand by." - L. M. Boyd, San Fran. Chronicle Apr 5, 1998

[that would be uxorodespotism]

"... and the one and only hyperhedonic, brimborian, and mendaciloquent maritodespot, playing craps and engaged in a heated, rather secretive, hubbub over someone's roll." - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)

(and apropos of nothing...)

"Known hence forth as a quantum heretic, Albert was left in a strange limbo, his ideas were discussed to a great extent; however he, himself, who so many considered the personification of floccinaucinihilipilification, was greatly ignored." - Christopher WunderLee, ibid.
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2009-09-08 06:40 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Mon. 07SEP09 and Tue. 08SEP09

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Yesterday, Mon. 07SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Carnival of the Animals: No. 13, The Swan by by Camille Saint-Saëns

March of the Day:
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
domnoddy [origin uncertain] /DOM noddy/ fool, ninny, nincompoop, simpleton (also, noddypoll, noddy)

"You idiot! You cabbageheaded domnoddy! If you've hurt my horse, I'll have your skin!" - Gerald Morris, The Squire's Tales, 1999

"But it can be a miserable, lonely existence for a subordinate who yearns to be productive and get things done, but is caught in a strangle hold by an unqualified and incapable domnoddy. Incompetent managers rely heavily on rules, policies, and procedures." - Jim Weaver, How Did You Manage That?, 2002

"What bothers me is that I am dying (albeit quite pleasantly) because of the most gignatic f[oul]-up, brought about by domnoddies, nincompoops and ninnyhammers of the first order who happened to find themselves in charge of f[oul]ing everything up." - Louis de Bernieres, Birds Withoug Wings, 2004

Today, Tue. 08SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini

March of the Day:
Sabre and Spurs by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
devenustation [de- + venustation, a making beautiful] (Steinberg's coinage?) the condition or process of being reduced from Venus status: de-aestheticization

"[W]e can rely on Leo Steinberg's reading of the formal and thematic ways in which Les Demoiselles constitutes "the radical devenustation" that inaugurates modernist art." - Charles Altieri, The Kenyon Review Spring, 1984

"LEGS. The one devenustation. What intrusive image will you have, swollen fetlock? Curb at the bank of the hock? Puffed gaskin?" - Alexander Theroux, Darconville's Cat, 1981
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2009-09-04 06:47 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Fri. 04SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov

March of the Day:
The Diplomat by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
uranology [fr. Gk ouranos: sky, heaven(s) + -logy] /yur uh NAL uh jee/ (also ouranology)

  1. the study of the heavens: astronomy
  2. a discourse or treatise on the heavens

Hence, uranologist & uranological.

"Uranology is a science which treats of the natural body of heaven..." - E. Sibly, The Celestial Science of Astrology (1792)

"..we may regard ouranology as discipline that binds together the various specializations necessary to the creation of a space microcosm." - Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1983)
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2009-09-03 06:47 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Thur. 03SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy:
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, (Op. 46) - 1. Morning by Edvard Grieg

March of the Day:
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
sabrage [F. sabrer] /sah BRAHDZH/ the act of opening a bottle, usu. champagne, with a sabre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrage

"You might think the result will be lots of broken glass and mess, but the skill of sabrage lies in hitting the bottle hard just at the bottom edge of the annulus, the glass ring at the top of the neck. The blow breaks the neck off cleanly, complete with cork." - Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 15JUL2006

"With a deft and decisive blow, he relieves the bubbly of its cork with one foul swoop and the top of the bottle, glass and all, flies to the bricks below. A rush of pent-up, foamy champagne gushes from the beheaded bottle. Bonaparte would be proud. After all, it was his mounted artillery officers who perfected the "art of sabrage," albeit back in the early 1800s, the beheading was usually done on live victims following bloody crusades." - Rick VanSickle, Calgary Sun August 6, 2006
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2009-09-02 06:43 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Wed. 02SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré

March of the Day: The Washington Post by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: luciferous
[fr. L. lucifer, light-bearing] /lu SI f(uh)rus/ archaic : bringing light or insight: illuminating (to be confused with Luciferous)

"...the luciferous action of dead fish may be not only transfused to water, but may be afterwards brightened by a certain quantity of saline impregnation..." - The Imperial Magazine, Vol I (1831)

"...the line between the 'luciferous' imparting of knowledge to the common good and the 'luciferous' exploitation of knowledge for personal gain was a fine one, to be drawn within the consciences and attitudes of each individual." - Mark Greengrass et al, Samuel Hartlib (2002)
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2009-09-01 07:23 am
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R-Cubed, MotD, a WWftD - Tue. 01SEP09

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Road Rage Remedy: Nocturne for Piano, Op. 27: #2 in D-flat major by Frédéric Chopin

March of the Day: The British 8th by Alonzo "Zo" Elliot

The Worthless Word for the Day: astunomologist
[fr. Gk astunomos, city magistrate] policeman (nonce word coined by Burgess?)

"I never saw the necessity of an astunomologist on the team.[...] It comes from the Greek for policeman. Policeman sounds horrible, of course.'" - Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1983)
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2009-08-31 06:39 am
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Mon. 31AUG09

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Road Rage Remedy: Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) by Maurice Ravel
March of the Day: Official West Point March by Philip Egner
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2009-08-28 06:57 am
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Fri. 28AUG09

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Road Rage Remedy: O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi) by Giacomo Puccini
March of the Day: The Pride of the Wolverines by John Phillip Sousa
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2009-08-27 02:44 pm
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Tue. 25AUG - Thur. 27AUG09

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Yeah, I know. I missed a few days, but it was all in a good cause.

For Tue. 25AUG09
Road Rage Remedy: Minuet (G-275) by Luigi Boccherini
March of the Day: Under the Double Eagle "Unter dem Doppel Adler" by J.F. Wagner

For Wed. 26AUG09
Road Rage Remedy: Gymnopédies for Piano: No. 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
March of the Day: Battle Royal March by Fred Jewell

For Today, Thur. 27AUG09
Road Rage Remedy: Salut d'amour by Sir Edward Elgar
March of the Day: Riders for the Flag by John Phillip Sousa
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2009-08-24 06:35 am
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Mon. 24AUG09

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Road Rage Remedy: Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
March of the Day: The Diplomat by John Phillip Sousa
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2009-08-21 07:29 am
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Fri. 21AUG09

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Road Rage Remedy: From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: No. 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
March of the Day: The Liberty Bell by John Phillip Sousa

Edit: I love it. Right after the RRR but before the regular MotD, they played one of my favorite marches - The English Folk Song Suite - No. 1 March: Seventeen Come Sunday Ralph Vaughn-Williams.
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2009-08-20 07:18 am
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R-Cubed and MotD Selections - Thur. 20AUG09

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Road Rage Remedy: Beau soir by Claude Debussy
March of the Day: Entry of the Gladiators by Ernest J. Fucik