Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2013-10 to 2013-10

On the Naming of Eigenvector and the Igon Value Problem

euphemism and dysphemism

in the language of human animals, there's “yes” and “no”.

yes signifies consent, accordance, concurrence, affirmation, acknowledgement, approval, positiveness, and, pleasure.

no means no.

there are many synonyms of yes, for example: aye, yeah, yep, yup, agree, true, uh-huh, yesh (diminutive uttered by furries), but there are a million euphemisms for no.

Negative, nuu, huh, what, oh look Dinasour!

a dysphemism for no is f��k U.

meh.

Easy Ways to Remember Latitude and Longitude and Their Order

English Accent: Australian Accent 📺 (added a new video)

etymology of Laissez-faire: Let us be

According to historical legend, the phrase “Laissez-faire” stems from a meeting in about 1680 between the powerful French finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert and a group of French businessmen led by a certain M. Le Gendre. When the eager mercantilist minister asked how the French state could be of service to the merchants and help promote their commerce, Le Gendre replied simply “Laissez-nous faire” (“Let us be”, literally “Let us do”).

Laissez-faire