[TAG] (forw) Pascal's Wager and me
jimregan at o2.ie
Fri Sep 30 14:32:06 MSD 2005
Jimmy O'Regan wrote:
> Rick Moen wrote:
>> It was just a chance, throwaway remark on Usenet, and it was eight
>> years ago.
>> Yet I _still_ keep coming across people quoting it. Watch out; _you_
>> might end up being famous for something freaky like that, too.
>> Footnote #3 is to an elaborate and very funny parody piece
>> ("alt.Shrugged"), in which the author imagines all the regulars of the
>> referenced newsgroup, including yr. humble correspondent, enacting
>> roughly the plot outline of Ayn Rand's _Atlas Shrugged_. It should
>> be amusing even if you don't get the plentiful in-jokes like my being
>> infamous for dropping foreign phrases into the conversation.
> Yeah, you get two of the funniest bits:
> 'Rick Moen spread his hands regretfully. "Sodomy non sapiens, dear."'
Hmm. On third inspection, that doesn't seem to hold up: I'm pretty
sure there should be an 'if' in there ('si'?). And isn't 'sapiens' think
(homo sapiens = 'thinking man')? I thought 'Science' came from the Latin
'Learn some Latin' is one of those things that's been on the TODO list
for way too long. The last time I started, I got derailed at the
'pronunciation' section. I think I'll start with "Talkin' Like the
because of the tagline: "Latin: Because You Never Know When You'll Find
Yourself In Ancient Rome."
 You know: first glance = "Eh?", second glance = double take &
laugh (& c 'n' p), third glance = my copy of my mail.
 There was a Polish college student working with me this summer. I
took delight in throwing in Polish words and phrases into conversation
every now and again to see that reaction.
 See question 8 of the 'Occasionally Asked Questions' here
"Q: My teacher says Caesar is pronounced "Kai'-sar", my priest says
"Chay'-sar" and my parents say "See'-zer". Who's correct?
A: It depends. If you want a good approximation of ancient Roman
pronunciation, then your teacher is correct. For liturgical purposes,
your priest is correct. If you're talking about Caesar in English, then
your parents are correct." 
 And of course, question 9:
"Q: Why do academic types always answer a simple question with "It
A: It depends."
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