Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cheese Lover

Origin of turophile

Turophile a rare word not only in meaning but also in its spelling.  The combining form -phile is very common in English, but the combining form turo- is unique: it comes from the Greek noun tȳrós, which is nearly always Romanized as tyro-, as in the technical term tyrosine (an amino acid).  Tȳrós comes from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root tēu, tewe, teu, tū "to swell, coagulate, be or become thick": for the Greeks cheese was "thickened milk."  The Latin word būtȳrum "butter" is a borrowing from Greek boútyron "butter," literally "cow cheese."  Būtȳrum "butter" was adopted by the West Germanic languages, e.g., Old English butere, English butter, Dutch boter, Old High German butera, and German Butter.  Turophile entered English in the 20th century.

-- From Diciontary.com's Word of the Day for 19 June 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Most Important

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

-- Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894 - 1963), British author, most famous for his novel Brave New World; grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley and younger brother of Julian Huxley, "A Case of Voluntary Ignorance" in Collected Essays (1959)

Friday, June 15, 2018

He Lived

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

-- Clarence Budington "Bud" Kelland (11 July 1881 - 18 February 1964), prolific American writer who once described himself as "the best second-rate writer in America"

Thursday, June 14, 2018

13,000 Projects

Microsoft has purchased GitHub.  It cost the multinational behemoth $7.5 billion in stock to acquire the free code and data hosting service that had become the "de facto home of open source software development." More than 13,000 projects left GitHub within an hour of the news, migrating to its competitor, GitLab.

-- Motherboard, by way of FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits newsletter, 5 June 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Joint Statement

President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

-- Closing paragraph of the Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit, 12 June 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chief Deficiency

The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them -- the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you're sensible, you'll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you.  This is nonconstructive.  It does not get our message across.  It condemns us to permanent minority status.

-- Carl Sagan, in The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1996), p. 300

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Thoughts On Anything

I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.

-- Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham, in a statement after Rudy Giuliani said, "She believes her husband.  And she knows it's untrue," regarding President Trump's alleged tryst with Stormy Daniels, 7 June 2018