The Enabler

Posted on August 10, 2007
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Once a week, I get a phrase from this fellow in the UK who seems to have access to and the ability to search somehow every document ever published in any language that uses our alphabet at least.

I wonder why I enjoy it so much? Knowing that “favour” in the phrase “to curry favour” is actually a mispronunciation of “favel” which was the name of a donkey in a story about sucking up to false leaders and that “favel” is a French acronym for the seven deadly sins, is totally, absolutely, useless information and delights me.

In a recent example, I learned NOT ONLY that “freeze the balls off a brass monkey” does NOT refer to naval cannon balls falling off a brass holder called a monkey and just means the testicles on a monkey made of brass, BUT that the cannon ball story is symptomatic of a syndrome called, CANOE which stands for Committee to Ascribe a Naval Origin to Everything.

How’s that for a rush?

Is there a 12-step program for my affliction?

I have a link to the Phrase Finder site under the Blogroll heading in the right hand column of my home page and Colin Casey, my webmaster and guru is going to work a link that will make the most recent four postings from it directly available.

If you have the addiction to esoteric information, I am willing to be your enabler.

Hmm, sounds like a tee shirt – “The Enabler.”


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