Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Say What!?" Wednesday ElevenTwentysevenThirteen

It's still Wednesday so this post still counts, even though I didn't complete it this morning and then forgot about it the rest of the day... 

Welcome to the second edition of "Say What!?" Wednesday a compilation of current events, news, and things from the interwebs (mostly from a little bird that tweets on my computer screen) along with my commentary.

First up New Vocabulary:

While not necessarily a "current event" or "news article" I came across a "new word" and find this interesting from a cultural standpoint, especially since we already have "bling" in Websters Dictionary and have *Literally* destroyed the meaning of the word "literally."

Sapiosexuality: 1. (n.) A behavior of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.

According to

Definition of Sapiosexual

One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature; behaviour of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.

Additional Information

Sapiosexual is a neologism word (recently constructed word) that has come into common usage;, especially on social networking sites where some people are self-identifying as sapiosexual. Origins: From Latin root sapien, wise or intelligent, and Latin sexualis, relating to the sexes.

So I just don't get it. Why must this word exist? I'm guessing it's just riding the coattails of nerd-culture in the mainstream. But do we now have to define our entire identity over traits we find attractive? I think it's great to be smart and I do find intelligence quite an attractive quality in someone but don't most rational thinking people?  Wouldn't Darwin have something to say about this? (Speaking of which, apparently the frog named after Darwin might've gone extinct, can you say IRONIC???)
Also, the fact that it's a "neologism word." Anything "Neo" just no. You're trying to do something that already happened. I'm a much bigger fan of "post-" movements, because they actually draw upon and subsequently comment on the previous movement (usually through subversion) and actually add something new to the mix.

Next Up: Some Thanksgiving-Themed Knowledge!

The Turkey’s Turkey Connection
Published: November 27, 2013

This article explains "why the bird you’re going to eat is named for a country on the Black Sea [even though it is native to America]. Other languages don’t make the same mistake. They make different ones. In France it’s called dinde, because they thought it was from India, or, in French, d’Inde. And in Turkey a lot of people thought that, too, so it’s called Hindi."

Basically, the traders from Turkey brought a bird from Madagascar (now known as the Helmeted Guinea Fowl) to England where people thought "This is great! we love those Turkey traders!" And then when the colonists got to the new world they were either lazy, uncreative, unobservant to the differences or just didn't have time to come up with new names so they were all "Hey, look at all these Turkeys!"

Cool story Hansel

And on that note: Happy Thabksgiving everyone! Enjoy your time of reflection with family & friends (and of we're honest, plenty of pigging out on delicious food)

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