Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4am thoughts on sleep, spelling, and turtles

I might be going through menopause. I haven't slept more than an hour at a time tonight and I'm having hot flashes.

Not being able to sleep is a sad day indeed. Your body wants nothing to do with anything, and your mind isn't working well enough to do something worthwhile, like read or budget (both of which are on my "to dos"). Sleep is a tease.

Why are brown labs chocolate, but yellow labs aren't vanilla? Black labs could be...raspberry.

Did you know raspberry was spelled with a 'p'? I didn't. Yay firefox spellchecker. We should spell spelled like dreamt and make it spelt.

I think my old roommate was creeped out by the song Raspberry Beret. Either that or Crimson and Clover. I can't remember.

According to wikipedia,

Blowing a raspberry or strawberry or making a Bronx cheer is to make a noise signifying derision (and/or silliness), made by sticking out the tongue between the lips and blowing to make a sound reminiscent of flatulence. In the terminology of phonetics, this sound does not appear to have an official name, but might be characterized as an unvoiced linguolabial trill [r̼̊]. It is never used in human language phonemically (i.e., to be used as a building block of words), but it is widely used across human cultures.
Nomenclature varies: in the US, Bronx cheer is sometimes used; otherwise, in the US and in other English-speaking countries, it is known as a raspberry, rasp or razz—the origin of which is an instance of Cockney rhyming slang, where the non-rhyming part of a rhyming phrase is used as a synonym. In this case, "raspberry tart" rhymes with "fart". It is first recorded in 1890.[1]
The term "Bronx Cheer" is used sarcastically because it is not a cheer, it is used to show disapproval. The term originated as a reference to The Bronx, New York, and the call used by spectators in Yankee Stadium.

Turtles like raspberries.

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