Now, on to the random searches -- the searches that come as a result of those momentary thoughts like, "Whatever happened to...?" and "How do you spell...?" or "What does that word/phrase mean?"So, here's the list of my top ten most recent, most intricate searches (searches where I clicked on more than one link to get my answer):
- "post hoc ergo propter hoc"
- Chicago Manual of Style
- TIA transient
- seafood stores in the SF Valley
- Clarence Clemons
- Haley Joel Osment
- Applied Minds,LLC
- "ergo ipsum"
- National Hairball Awareness Day
- mendacity definition
- This commonly used Latin legal expression is usually abbreviated to "post hoc". I'm pretty sure I was looking it up to clarify the meaning for an argument with someone about circumcision and infant mortality, or vaccines and autism. Take your pick.
- The best writers' style reference. Ever. Buy one. (They speak at length about the evils of sentence fragments, I believe.)
- TIA = transient ischemic attack. It is a minor loss of blood flow to the brain which is characterized by temporary short term memory loss. This is not the first time I've looked T.I.A. up. I just can never remember what it stands for. (Gasp!)
- My motto? "Less worry... more lobster...." nuff said.
- He passed away this month. I liked his music. That is all.
- Not sure what this was about. I like HJO. But why was I looking him up? (CURSE YOU, T.I.A.!!!!)
- I've been trying to get someone at this company to interview me for a job -- any job -- for two years now. I think they think I'm trying to stalk them. I think I might actually be stalking them. (Dear Applied Minds: Hire me, and I'll leave you alone! Sheesh! love, Amanda.)
- "Ergo ipsum lorem..." are the fake Latin phrases used on web templates to indicate where text should go. I've always wondered if the phrase actually meant anything. "Therefore, you are a big lumbering arse," or something like that. Alas, it means nothing... (sigh)
- There's a whole day... who knew? Well, I do now, cuz I googled it. Of course, by next year, I'll have had so many mini-strokes with my T.I.A. that it'll come as a surprise all over again.
- Mendacity definition... It suddenly occurred to me that I didn't know exactly what this mellifluous word actually meant. When I came across a book by conservative Roger Hodges entitled "The Mendacity of Hope", I felt compelled to clarify. Mendacious means "given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth". I think for a conservative in this day and age to bandy about the word "mendacity" shows a lot of "audacity", and -- to quote Forrest Gump -- that's all I have to say about that.
On the upside, what with my T.I.A. and all, I can always claim diminished capacity.
What was my name again?