What British people say vs. what they really mean
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
English doesn't hesitate to borrow words from another language even if it makes it look fat. From German we have borrowed one-syllable putsch and kitsch, as well as Scrabble-defying gotterdammerung and sprachgefuhl.
"I would do away with those great long compounded words; or require the speaker to deliver them in sections, with intermissions for refreshments."
A friend commented:There's a trick. The temperature reading below 32 degrees F in Hawaii was at the peak of Mauna Kea, 13,800 feet above sea level.
OK, so technically they're correct.But I refute it using a technique employed by Al Sleet, the Hippy-Dippy Weatherman:"The temperature at the peak of Mauna Kea is below 32 degrees... which is stupid, man, cause I don't know anyone who lives on a mountain peak."
A "complication" is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time - and Henry Graves Jr wanted more than anyone else.
The Supercomplication, made by Patek Philippe in 1932, has 24 of them including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue.
It was commissioned in 1925 but was not delivered to [Graves] until 1933. It has 900 parts and remains the most complicated watch built without the assistance of computers, according to Sotheby's. One of its functions shows sidereal time, which is based on the amount of time it takes the Earth to make two consecutive transitions of a meridian by a fixed start. A sidereal day is approximately 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds.
It was last wound in 1969. And it's still working.
I've torn out my alarm system & resigned from Neighborhood Watch.
I've got two Pakistani flags flying in my front garden and the black flag of ISIS on the front lawn.
The local police and other intelligence services are all watching my house 24/7.
I've never felt safer.