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It ISN’T [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, March 30, 2009

Today is, in fact, March 30th – a great day in history, I’m sure you’ll agree. For it is on this day in history – this one, special, day – that China cannot claim to have invented anything at all. Not only did China completely and utterly fail to invent anything, no matter how small, they even managed to have nobody of note born on this day in history (claims that ‘singer’ Hebe Tian is Chinese can be dismissed on the grounds that it’s a lie, as she is Taiwanese, and claims that Nanjing was made capital of the country on this day in history are refuted on the grounds that Japanese tourists were simply pulling everyone’s leg). Nope, nothing interesting has ever happened on March 30th.

Because MyLaowai favours balanced reporting, we should also note that nothing of any worth or significance happened anywhere else, either. Just ask anyone who has listened to a Celine Dion ‘song’, or anyone who either voted Reagan, lives in Florida, was born in Alaska, or happened to be the Archbishop of Canterbury once. The Heinkel He100 was boring, as was UNIVAC. The Treaty of Paris and the Treaty of Fez are just more examples of ‘unfair treaties’, and the only thing interesting about Hymen Lipman is his suggestive name. World War Two was only the side show to what was happening in China, and nobody cares what the Soviet Union did in Austria. Vincent van Gogh is practically unheard of.

Mind you, the first recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet is something worth remembering, and today we celebrate it’s 2,249th Anniversary. It was discovered, naturally, by Chinese astronomers, according to documents recently uncovered in a demolished hutong in Beijing.

Happy Anniversary, Mister Comet.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, March 16, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

yellow

Definition:
1. designating or pertaining to an Oriental person or Oriental peoples.
2. cowardly.
3. pornographic esp. media.

Pronunciation: yel.low

Origin: bef. 900; 1895–1900 for def. 9; ME yelou (adj. and n.), OE geolo, geolu (adj.); c. D geel, G gelb, L helvus pale-yellow; akin to ON gulr

Example: That yellow character turned yellow and ran when he was caught with the yellow DVD on his person.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, March 9, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

exhilarating

Definition:
1. making lively and cheerful; “the exhilarating effect of mountain air”
2. making lively and joyful

Pronunciation: ex·hil·a·rat·ing

Origin: 1530–40; < L exhilarātus ptp. of exhilarāre to gladden, equiv. to ex- ex- 1 + hilarāre to cheer

Example: I attended an auction the other day – it was really exhilarating!

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, March 2, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

fainéant

Definition:
1. Given to doing nothing; idle.

Pronunciation: fey-nee-uhnt; Fr. fe-ney-ahn

Origin: 1610–20; < F, earlier fait-nient, lit., he does nothing, pseudo-etymological alter. of OF faignant idler, n. use of prp. of se faindre to shirk.

Example: Oh M’sieur Wang, tu es vraiment fainéant! – You are really lazy!

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, February 23, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

scrumptious

Definition:
1. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste

Pronunciation: skruhmp-shuhs

Origin: 1836, probably a colloquial alteration of sumptuous (q.v.). Originally “stylish, splendid;” sense of “delicious” is from 1881.

Example: Chicken claws make a scrumptious dish.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, February 16, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

Muslim

Definition:
1. of or pertaining to the religion, law, or civilization of Islam.

Pronunciation: muhz-lim, mooz-, moos-

Origin: 1615 (n.), 1777 (adj.), from Arabic muslim “one who submits” (to the faith), from root of alsama “he resigned.” Related to Islam (q.v.).

Example: In 2004, Osama Bin Laden sealed an agreement with the authorities in Beijing, in which he was granted asylum in return for his guarantees that the freedom-fighting activities of the Muslim people against the Chinese occupation of East Turkestan (Xinjiang) would end.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, February 9, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

eleemosynary

Definition:
1. of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
2. derived from or provided by charity.
3. dependent on or supported by charity: an eleemosynary educational institution.

Pronunciation: el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh-

Origin: 1610–20; < ML eleēmosynārius, equiv. to LL eleēmosyn(a) + L -ārius -ary

Example: China has always shown itself to be a most generous giver of eleemosynary assistance to the oppressed peoples of the world.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, February 2, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

frowsy

Definition:
1. dirty and untidy; slovenly.
2. ill-smelling; musty.

Pronunciation: frou-zee

Origin: 1675–85; orig. uncert.

Example: That Wang XiaoJie is a right frowsy harlot, don’tcherknow?

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, January 26, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

self-renunciatory

Definition: 1. one who renounces one’s own rights, claims, interest, etc., esp. in favour of those of others

Pronunciation: self-ri-nuhn-see-to-ry, self-

Origin: 1785–95

Example: In voluntarily and willingly setting aside any and all prior rights to their country, their land, their possessions, their freedoms, and their lives, in favour of the Han people of China under the glorious leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, the Tibetan People have shown themselves to be most self-renunciatory slaves subjects.

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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, January 19, 2009

Today’s adjective is:

mendacious

Definition:
1. telling lies, esp. habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.
2. false or untrue: a mendacious report.

Pronunciation: men-dey-shuhs

Origin: 1616, from M.Fr. mendacieux, from L. mendacium “a lie,” from mendax (gen. mendacis) “lying, deceitful,” related to menda “fault, defect, carelessness in writing” (cf. amend, mendicant), from PIE base *mend- “physical defect, fault.” The sense evolution of mendax influenced by mentiri “to speak falsely, lie, deceive.” Mendacity is attested from 1646.

Example: “Another fanciful expenses claim? Damn the eyes of those bloody mendacious employees of mine!”

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