I had mini-posts started on some various language-related topics, but they're not really things I can develop further, and I don't have anything else to talk about (must . . . not . . . jinx . . . Indians), so I figured I would just lump them all together.
- I was surprised and intrigued by the origins of "If by ___ , you mean blah blah blah, then yes." Assuming Wikipedia can be trusted: If-by-whiskey.
- When the heck did the word spendy get so popular? Is this all of a part with "teh Interwebs" lingo? I guess not, since the entry in Merriam-Webster claims it originated in 1985 and is chiefly used in the Northwest.
- It has been brought to my attention that I say "Hot dog!" a lot. I tend to use it in the sense of making an exclamation about a pleasant surprise; usually in lieu of "Awesome!" or "Sweet!" As you can imagine, I have been roundly mocked for this.