Bad English #1

Isn’t the term, “first priority” redundant? Actually, it's what is called  pleonasm.

"...a term used in Literature and English Grammar classes. It is derived from the Greek word “pleon” meaning “excessive or abundant.”

Pleonasms are the opposites, or antonyms, of oxymora which are contradicting terms used together. Although easily confused and mixed-up with oxymora, pleonasm is redundant phrasing. Common examples of pleonasms in writing include: burning fire, cash money, end result, all together, and  invited guests."



Maiden Entry

On my old site I kept a blog of sorts, although it wasn’t interactive. Here, I’ve finally created a real weblog. Getting started all over again won’t be easy, but I’ll try to make an entry at least once a week. Sometimes it will be more frequent since everything has to do with my mood and free time. As on my past site, what I’m currently up to will be listed. This is my first entry… Eh. It’ll get better. I’m presently digesting a Chef-Boy-R-Dee lunch.


I'll Never Get Used to It

This place scares the crap out of me!

As a native Californian, earthquakes are my natural disaster of choice. With an earthquake you have no idea it’s coming, and when it does your heart rate increases a little for two or three seconds and it’s over.

With a tornado you have countless days of tracking the weather for a good three months, watching those bright red circles travel across the Doppler image and praying they don’t make it to your county. When they do, the sirens that have been secured to extremely tall concrete poles go off, bringing back all your childhood memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I didn’t have a bomb shelter then, and I don’t have a storm cellar now. If the sirens go off, we’ll have to tuck all seven of us (4 adults and 3 teens) in the downstairs bathtub with a mattress over our heads and wait either until we hear the all-csiren, or until our house gets picked up off the ground around us. Give me a good old fashioned earthquake any day!