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December 20, 2004

more hollyku (not a conspiracy)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:52 pm







– For more, see our christmas season haiku

Page and our New Year haiku & senryu Page

 

I realized, after posting the prior Hollyku message very early this morning,

that I had forgotten the gang at Volokh’s place.  Since my webserver won’t

let me edit the earlier post (I can’t explain it), and I had no intent to boycott

the VConspirators, they get their own little dedication (plus, a pointer to EV’s

excellent post on the freedom to tell the truth about another person):

 


for Eugene, Orin, Erik, David(s) and

the entire Volokh Cabal

 

shortest day —
all of the yellow
beaten out of eggs

                           MATT MORDEN, from The Heron’s Nest V:3          stainHollyF

 



 

update (5 PM): How could I possibly forget my weblog-haijin colleagues, Paul

and Mary Melodee Mena at haikupoet.com?  [Being an Old Soul might be good,

but being an Old Brain is not.] Since they’re suffering from an Artic Express today,

like we are in Schenectady, they will hopefully understand dagosan’s lament:



 

bitter cold

before the solstice:

the weather man’s surprised

                                           dagosan  [Dec. 20, 2004]

  

by dagosan:  






married a decade

she hides

the mistletoe

 





married a decade

he buys

new mistletoe

                                                     [Dec. 20, 2004]

 

 one-breath pundit



tiny check Not an Irony: One of my biggest pet language peeves is the misuse of the
adverb “ironically.”  See a fuller discussion here.  I am happy to say, therefore,

that it was not ironic, but definitely serendipitous and coincidental to counting

our year-end blessings, that someone did a Google search today for the query

 Ironic vs coincidental>  and f/k/a was the #1 result in the Search.   As we

stated in our earlier post and are more than willing to reiterate:


 The indiscriminate discovery or attribution of irony where there is

no incongruity is, to use the vernacular, dumbing down the English

language, as well as the human thought process.  As aptly noted in

the American Heritage Dictionary:  


The words ironic, irony, and ironically are sometimes

used of events and circumstances that might better be

described as simply “coincidental” or “improbable,” in

that they suggest no particular lessons about human

vanity or folly.  

For further discussion of the use and misuse of the concept of irony, see

Guardian article Isn’t It Ironic? (June 28, 2003) and the Wikipedia entry .

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