Few things could be more awesome than a site called Garden Rant. No, no, I’m wrong.
This entry on Garden Rant is so full of turgid, erect win, I have to go lie down for awhile. Flaccidly.
[Thanks to Jane Moore for the link.]
Thanks to Scrin for this bit of penalty: flag on the play. 10 yard penalty, massive spanking to babynames.com for offering crap advice on naming characters:
Tip 3: Exotic names are for romance novels, soap operas and strippers
Romance novels and soap operas and strippers all have one thing in common—they evoke a fantasy of romance and/or sex. Characters in these genres tend to have names that are more exotic, like Chesapeake Divine or Rod Remington. If you are not writing a romance or soap opera, however, this kind of name can sound silly and out of place.
Well, crap. I just finished a romance novel and the hero’s name was… Ben. Oh, and here’s one. No, his name is Harry.
Screw you, Babynames.com. Says Scrin, “I have to say, you’ve corrupted me. I now get angry when I see a slight towards romance novels.”
And finally, here, have a massive suckage of your free time if you like words and word usage as much as I do – but don’t blame me. Blame Betsy who sent me this link:
http://wordnik.com gives you not just an (out-of-print) dictionary definition, but cites in context, recent tweets (!) and a graph showing common usage over time.
and note the different contexts and uses.
Yeah, see you in about 4 or 5 hours.