[extropy-chat] cryo cat
kevinfreels at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 3 03:25:47 UTC 2004
Actually, there is one. A "tom" is an unaltered male. (One that is "intact"
or hasn't been neitered)
A female equivalent is a "Queen". (I experimented with some cat breeding
about 10 years ago)
I do understand your plight. I have never found a sufficient word for that
moment when you bite into a food such as pizza or a sandwich, but part of
one of the condiments doesn't get incised properly and it comes sliding out
of the food. At this point it hangs for just a moment before gravity takes
over and completes the cutting of the condiment so it now drops onto your
chin on its way down to your the floor, your lap, or the table.
I have taken to calling this "slerbeling". My kids love the word and use it
at school often. One day it may make it to the Oxford dictionary......Why
not? Bling Bling did!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Spike" <spike66 at comcast.net>
To: "'Damien Broderick'" <thespike at earthlink.net>; "'ExI chat list'"
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 9:05 PM
Subject: RE: [extropy-chat] cryo cat
> > Damien Broderick
> > cryo cat
> > I always believe what I read in the paper, such as:
> > A tomcat nicknamed Frosty found frozen to the ground in
> > minus 29 degrees was saved by a Minnesota animal shelter. Staff
> wrapped four-
> > year-old Frosty in hot towels to thaw him out over three days. >
> But don't read more into the article than is actually there.
> Clearly cryocat wasn't out in the -29 for any length
> of time, but rather more likely he ran outta the house
> with wet paws, which instantly froze, adhering the
> hapless beast in place, thus the comment "found frozen
> to the ground..." I would not be surprised if some
> evil adolescents arranged for this cruel event after
> speculating on the outcome, then fled the scene upon
> realizing they could not reasily free the animal. The
> article is not actually claiming the cat was solidly
> frozen methinks, altho it is easily misinterpreted as such.
> This brings up a curiosity I have been pondering occasionally
> since our discussion of universal translators and the
> fact that various languages seem to be missing words that
> other languages have. I am told that English is a very
> large very inclusive language. On this I must take one's
> word, for I know no other tongue. But I have been taking
> note of words my own language should have but does not,
> such as the one I thought of after reading about Frosty
> the cryocat: what is the word for a female cat? Frosty
> is a tomcat, what is his feminine counterpart? Why do
> we have the word bitch for female dog, but what is her
> masculine counterpart?
> Most languages have words specifying the difference
> between mother's parents and father's parents. English
> has only the generic grandmother and grandfather. Big
> omission. Other curious holes in the language so obvious
> that various dialects have attempted to patch the gap:
> 1. you (plural)
> 2. sheep (singular)
> 3. Janet Jackson's boobs
> etc. Other examples?
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