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For those of us running WordPress blogs, the notification we receive when someone else has linked to something we wrote is called a "pingback." (WordPress also created a service to notify aggregators, with the cheery name "Ping-O-Matic.")
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2014 on Word of the Week: Ping at Fritinancy
Now if I could just find out what 23 flavors go into Dr Pepper.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Twenty-three at Fritinancy
I think this may be the core for me.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Word of the Week: Normcore at Fritinancy
I am not generally beset with bumps, but I might actually try out this product, simply because I am not impressed with the multiple-blade slicers on the non-ethnic aisle.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2014 on Nicely Named: Bevel at Fritinancy
And there's the heroine of John Singleton's film Poetic Justice, who writes poems and indeed is named Justice. This is about the only time I ever thought Singleton, who directed the excellent Boyz n the Hood, overplayed his hand.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2014 on Name in the Wild: Wheels of Justice at Fritinancy
It kicked in for me in my late fifties; it has the salutary effect of making the good things look more precious and the bad things look more unimportant. Surely that's worth something.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2014 on Tasting the Marmalade at The 80-Something Blog
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Writing fanfiction alongside a series that's still running is just asking for it: "[A]ny of this is subject to alteration, or perhaps retconning, on any given Saturday." Source:
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on Word of the Week: Retcon at Fritinancy
Chihuahuas have no idea that they're Small Dogs: they will take on anything that looks like a threat, even if that anything is five times their size. I think it's a swell name.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2013 on Name in the News: El Paso Chihuahuas at Fritinancy
Now I understand: my domain name is fanciful. (And I thank you for explaining that.)
The little enclave labeled with a 3 is actually 213/323. (Once upon a time, I lived in the 213; that part of the Southland is now 310, unless it's 424.)
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2013 on Word of the Week: 909er at Fritinancy
Down the road a couple of miles is a place called Cuppies & Joe, which specializes, as you might guess, in cupcakes and coffee. The name seems awfully twee, given the gritty urban fabric surrounding their one location. Their offerings, however, are genuinely tasty. And I suppose if you specialize in cupcakes, you're not going to have a name like "Fight Club."
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on The Names You Hate at Fritinancy
I have had, over the years, some spectacularly weird dreams, and a few of them -- but only a few -- I remembered well enough to turn into blogfodder. I'd actually consider using this sort of thing, once my sleep patterns stabilize a bit.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2013 on Word of the Week: Hypnopompic at Fritinancy
"Chiasmus" would be a better name for Porsche's small SUV than "Macan." (Supposedly, "Macan" comes from the Indonesian word for "tiger," which, if I remember correctly, indicates lower iguana content than VW's Tiguan, which is one size class smaller.)
Toggle Commented May 31, 2013 on The Porsche Chiasmus at Fritinancy
Fortunately, I waited until after dinner before reading this. I suppose it's probably a little more elegant than chowing down on our abundant six-legged friends, as is often suggested, but if I have to puzzle over whether I'm eating fake real meat or real fake meat, well, thanks, I'll just have the salad.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2013 on Word of the Week: Shmeat at Fritinancy
Preach on, Brother Bob. "Hey, it's one of those 'tit-least' balls!" got me the dirtiest looks. How was I to know?
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2013 on Language-ier! at Fritinancy
The flip-side of that Olds ad, I imagine, is the 2007 Canadian Club campaign: "Damn Right Your Dad Drank It." Certainly it made sense for Oldsmobile, since 1988 was the first year for a front-wheel-drive Cutlass Supreme.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2013 on Not Your Close Relative's X at Fritinancy
"Because PAPER, that's why." Love it. I once asked my mom about one of those Modess ads. "Because why?" "You'll understand when you're older," she said. A lot older, as it turned out.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2013 on Because at Fritinancy
I am puzzled by "Here" for a navigation tool. Is not the objective to get "There"? (Perhaps this is for those who don't know where they are in the first place.)
A motor vehicle which exhibits a tendency to wander all over the road, requiring constant course corrections, is said to have squirrelly (sometimes with a single L) handling; I don't know if this is a form of visual onomatopoeia -- assuming there is such a thing as visual onomatopoeia -- or an extension of the "cunningly unforthcoming" definition, inasmuch as drivers expect the steering wheel to tell them something about what's happening on the road.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on Squirrel! at Fritinancy
Meanwhile, over at Maserati, there were a few models named for winds - Mistral, Khamsin - though the only Maserati I ever got to drive was the more prosaic Quattroporte, which means exactly what you think it does. Still: "I got to drive a Maserati!" I cannot, however, corroborate Joe Walsh's claim for his.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2012 on How the Countach Got Its Name at Fritinancy
Good call by Ms Wattenberg, I think. To this day, I generally refer to that other anachronism, the Nuclear Family, as "Joe and Susan Sixpack and their 2.3 kids."
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2012 on The Persistence of Susie at Fritinancy
At the other end of the word is "Yola," which is a Web host in San Francisco, and which at least sounds better than "SynthaSite," its previous name.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2012 on If the Bray Fits at Fritinancy
I am properly awed. Thirty-nine years ... why, that's already halfway to forever, right?
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"3 Sum"? "4 Play"? How asi 9.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2012 on Nu? Me Again? at Fritinancy
Just dropped $4 in the kitty. I hope the other 749 who drop by today do likewise.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2011 on Help Launch a New Fiction Magazine at Fritinancy