[749] 02.07.2022 00:23
“Everything happens so much,”

The Atlantic: The 10-Year-Old Tweet That Still Defines the Internet

Though everybody complains about Twitter, no one can deny that it has brought some amazing phrases into our lives—things we can’t imagine having read in any other place, or at any other time in history.

Near the top of any list of the most treasured sentence fragments posted there, the now-defunct account @Horse_ebooks would have several entries.

[748] 02.07.2022 00:16

Medium: Nomen est Omen: When Your Name Says the Quiet Part Loud

Of course, the most delicious instance of the too-perfect aptronym is Donald J. Trump. Whether as a given name or a surname, “Donald” is derived from the Celtic words for “world” and “power,” more specifically from the Proto-Celtic Dubno-valos (“world-mighty, ruler of the world”) — an appropriately allegorical moniker for an aspirational tinpot dictator who fawned on authoritarian leaders like Kim Jong-un and Rodrigo Duterte.


To be clear, The Donald’s surname is an Americanized version of the German Drumpf, a proper name whose only relation to Trumpy shenanigans like trumpery (defined by Webster’s as “1. Deceit; fraud. 2. Anything calculated to deceive by false show; anything externally splendid but intrinsically of little value; worthless finery”) is partly homonymic and otherwise rhetorical. There’s no linguistic connection between Trump’s surname and the verb “trump” and its phrasal variations. Even so, that’s irrelevant to our purpose, which is to tease out their aptronymic implications for comic (yet illuminating!) effect.

[554] 24.05.2022 23:10

Aeon: A history of punctuation

How we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the voice, and intensity of feeling.