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Monday, June 12th, 2006
8:30a - Another Neat Word


I laughed out loud when I read the first illustrative quote! So deliciously evocative...

billingsgate \BIL-ingz-gayt; -git\, noun:
Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language.

Chaney would yell at him in his own particular patois -- an unapologetic stream of billingsgate far more creative than Marine drill instructors or master rappers.
    -- George Vecsey, "Learning at Temple: Se Habla Chaneyism", New York Times, March 19, 2000

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Its style is an almost pure Army billingsgate that will offend many readers, although in no sense is it exaggerated: Mr. Mailer's soldiers are real persons, speaking the vernacular of human bitterness and agony.
    -- David Dempsey, "The Dusty Answer of Modern War", New York Times, May 9, 1948

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The campaigns of the two Roosevelts were colorful and gave the press plenty of material but, generally speaking, deft humor seems to have replaced outright billingsgate.
    -- George E. Reedy, "When Vilification Was in Flower", New York Times, July 15, 1984

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Billingsgate is so called after Billingsgate, a former market in London celebrated for fish and foul language.

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8:38a - How Do You Create A Caret Mark?


Edit: I have a Macintosh G4, running OS X. I intended this post for a different community, but I know I have several knowledgeable Mac users among my friends, so I'll just add this info up front. It seems that livejournal has disabled the ability to post those actual symbols, so I can't illustrate here in this original typed on line. Frustrating. (I want to add the mark to a song title in iTunes.)

I know that option e puts an accent mark above the next letter, option u puts an umlat, option n puts a tilde, but option c creates a c with a little comma coming off it, not an upside down v over it. Anyone know how to get the v?

OS X, if that matters. I don't think it does as I've been using those symbols since my Mac SE... three computers ago.

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