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Grammar thing of the day: The Interrobang?!

The Interrobang is a thing that should really be used more often.

Word of the day: Effluvium.

ef·flu·vi·um (-flv-m)
n. pl. ef·flu·vi·a (-v-) or ef·flu·vi·ums
1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas.
2.
a. A byproduct or residue; waste.
b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter.
3. An impalpable emanation; an aura.
[Latin, from effluere, to flow out; see effluent.]

From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/effluvium

Example: Herman Cain talked about "used food" at the Republican debate. I thought that "used food" was a euphemism for the effluvium that tends to emanate from Republican candidates' mouths most of the time.

Something to lighten up your Monday.

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Thoughts on the Occupy movement

An interactive guide to NPR's 100 best sci fi/fantasy novels

Link in post title. Great interactive flowchart for figuring out which book in NPR's list you might want to read next. I did notice one error on it - it lists Ursula K. LeGuin's book The Dispossessed as being about "communism." It's not - it's a book exploring the notion of an anarchist utopia.

Still, not a bad tool for finding new stuff to read.