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About the pronunciation of quay and quayside

In my previous post, I quoted from an article that used the word “quayside.” I then couldn’t resist pointing out that the correct way to pronounce it is “key-side.” And, of course, the word “quay” is pronounced “key.”

On an episode of Critical Role (where “nerdy-ass” voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons), the party came to the port city of Nicodranis, with an area of the city called the Open Quay. Which dungeon master Matt Mercer mispronounced. Liam O’Brien, who plays a wizard from Zemnia, said “in Zemnia, we call it a key.” Matt Mercer either didn’t get the hint or decided to continue pronouncing it incorrectly in order to avoid admitting that he made a mistake, and continued to say “kway” all episode instead of “key.”

I received an interesting comment about pronunciations from Vince:

Re: Sounding educated…

Tyler Cowan has remarked that when someone mispronounces a word, his respect for them grows because it indicates they learned it from reading in isolation rather than absorbing it from a social circle.

That would no doubt describe how Matt Mercer came about that word. I, for one, can’t, personally, every think of a time when a quay came up in a real world conversation. If I ever found myself at a quay, I’d most surely just call it a dock. But somehow, when Liam gently corrected Matt Mercer’s pronunciation, I knew immediately what he was getting at.

Anyway, in case you ever have to use the word “quay” on a video that will be watched by hundreds of thousands of people, I figured I should help you out by making sure you know how to pronounce it. Because most people who know how it should be pronounced would use the mistake as an excuse to look down on you, instead of being impressed by how well read you are, the way that Tyler Cowan would.

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SWPL food is an area especially fraught with pronunciation mistakes. Who could know the correct pronunciation for quinoa, arugula or Nicoise salad without having first heard it from someone else? It’s almost as if the whole SWPL food industrial complex was purposefully engineered to make proles sound stupid when they walk into an eatery where they don’t belong.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2020 at 7:07 PM

Posted in Proles

Sautéed chicken udon

A week or two ago, Yakov criticized me for reviewing Taco Bell. So here is a more SWPL review.

I bought this from the Korean take-out place, and I enjoyed, although I think it was a little bit too salty. It is also difficult to eat elegantly without risking splattering sauce on your shirt. I think that rice is a more practical base for Asian food.

With tax, it cost $14.10.

Thanks to immigrants, we have so many delicious food choices that didn’t exist in the 1950s. Of course, white people theoretically can cook Asian food, but for some reason, they never bothered to.

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I’m trolling you guys. I’d be happier eating crappy American food for lunch if it meant working at an office where everyone shared my culture, instead of one where 90% of the people were born in another country, many with heavy hard-to-understand accents, some with bad body odor, and I’m like a foreigner in my own country.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 18, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Posted in Bobos, Proles

Taco Bell review

There weren’t enough ordering kiosks, I had to wait in line.

The menu is very confusing. I just ordered four crunchy tacos because I didn’t know what else to get, and I think the crunchy taco is their signature dish that they are most well known for.

Order took about two minutes to prepare. Ideally, it could have been faster, but they looked pretty busy.

They have packets of four different “hot” sauces. The sauce labeled “hot” wasn’t very hot at all. The “fire” sauce was a little bit more like hot sauce.

Value? At $6.06 including tax, the meal was half the price of a typical Manhattan take-out lunch. So the value is there. (But for four more dollars I could have bought a more filling chicken burrito with better ingredients from Dos Toros.)

Quality of the tacos? Pretty crappy compared to Los Tacos No. 1. And the tacos leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. It is sad that once upon a time, I ate these Taco Bell tacos without knowing any better.

Conclusion? I don’t see myself going back so long as I can afford better.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 9, 2019 at 12:26 PM

Posted in Proles

Elites hate the white working class

MikeCA writes in a comment:

Oh come on, stop trolling. Elites do not hate working class people.

Here are some comments posted to that NY Times article that would prove MikeCA wrong:

Why save those hotbeds of ignorance, jingoism and bigotry? Not on my dime, thanks.

I really don’t get what it is to about small town America that’s worth saving. They are breeding grounds for some of the most virulent hatred and prejudice there is.

Wait, these are the same people that go to their klan meetings and Trump rallies brimming with fear and bitter anger. The same people that see their childrens’ future in coal mines

White rural America is failing due to innate ignorant enduring mythical stupid bigoted white supremacist Darwinian natural selection meritocracy. White rural Americans are losers in a diverse evolving egalitarian plural secular democratic fair just moral objective world. Other than being white they mostly had and have no real merit for doing anything great and meaningful.

Small town America is the work of evil and the sooner these places turns to dust the better.

I agree with ‘Let It Die’. There isn’t anything of much value to save.

Seriously? These communities do nothing but mock, ridicule, deride and vote against the very areas of the country they are now demanding bail them out from their well earned situations. These communities routinely demand accountability and self-responsibility from every other area of the country, particularly urban city regions. I can’t generate an ounce of sympathy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 23, 2018 at 11:52 PM

Posted in Proles, Uncategorized

The proles love Trump because he’s like them

A New York Times reader wrote in a comment:

I’m from Appalachia, where getting into the working class was an aspiration. … They support Trump and the reason is simple: He acts just like they would if they had money.

(Edited out the bulk of the comment which talks about how much his small town sucked and how much he hated it, and I’m sure he has a legitimate right to that opinion, even though it’s framed from a left-wing perspective.)

This is exactly what I’ve been saying about Trump for three years, but I have never seen any so-called journalists in any news media understand this. And it also explains why the elites hate Trump, because he acts like the kind of people they hate.

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As far as the original point of the article, about whether or not small-town America can be saved, I like the suggestion of another NY Times commenter:

Tech companies claim H1-B visas are critical to their success. So make the visas geographically dependent. If 43,500 visas are to be given out, grant 100 to each Congressional District rather than giving them all to the firms in Silicon Valley or New York. Give tech a reason to set up facilities in places other than the usual.

And I would suggest some more basic ideas:

(1) Tax breaks for telecommuting (or tax penalties for companies that don’t allow employees to telecommute).

(2) Government assistance the help people move out of crappy small-towns to some place with more jobs.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 23, 2018 at 9:11 AM

Posted in News, Proles

Who’s stupid enough to fall off a cruise ship?

If all the reasons for not going on a cruise, this one has to be the least of them and the most stupid: risk of falling overboard.

As an experienced rider of the Staten Island Ferry, as well as frequent hanger-outer on the balconies of apartment buildings, I don’t see how a cruise ship is any different. What a waste of an article.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 18, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Posted in Proles

Living life on the wild side

Yesterday, I ate a romaine lettuce salad at an Asian restaurant on Staten Island.

My prole Jewish mother (who has been convinced by the mainstream media to hate Trump) was complaining the entire time that they didn’t throw out their romaine lettuce.

If this is the last thing I ever post, that means I died from eating the lettuce.

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Since the latest romaine lettuce scare, one person in the United States has died from eating lettuce, while during the same period of time (let’s say 5 days), approximately 472 people died in car accidents (calculated by taking fatalities in 2016, divided by 365, then multiplied by 5).

So driving a car is hundreds of times more dangerous than eating romaine lettuce. (Yet another opportunity to point out that we can’t get safer self-driving cars soon enough.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 25, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Posted in Proles

Some other good shopping deals

I already mentioned that you can get an iPad this weekend for $249.

Walmart: The boardgame Settlers of Catan for $26. Normally sells for $40-something at Amazon.

Anywhere this camera is sold (including BH Photo and Amazon): The Panasonic GX85 camera with two lenses for $499 (half price!).

Macy’s: A Dyson canister vacuum for $199 (normally $500!!)

Any other good deals, please add in the comments.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 23, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Posted in Proles

When scientists get matching tattoos

There’s something wrong with this picture.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2018 at 7:53 PM

Posted in Proles, Science

Thousand Oaks gunman posted pro-gun-control message on social media

A Facebook post published to his account around the time of the attack said, “I hope people call me insane… (laughing emojis).. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’… every time… and wonder why these keep happening…,” a spokeswoman for the company confirmed.

I’m sure the same sort of people who think that a pizza restaurant in a SWPL part of DC was secretly trafficking in child sex slaves will say it’s a “deep state conspiracy.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 10, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Posted in Crime, Proles

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