June 12th, 2006


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


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


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



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

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.