What Are You Doing for Christmas?

Bet most of you aren't doing this….

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According to Google Maps, 1,080 miles, and 17 hours and 36 minutes. We'll overnight in Paducah, KY, and hope for good weather. The last time we did this trip, we were caught in the middle of a major "winter event" that caused quite a bit of aggro. Departure on December 23, planned arrival in Iowa late December 24, with a 2 day layover before doing it all over again, but in reverse. Ah, the Joy of Christmas!


Not With a Bang….

Behold the slow dissipation of the once great people of England…

The mother of our tongue, the founder of our country, and the source of most of the ideas and principles that established Democracy has taken another step towards devolution, only this time what's being given up are ideas, not land.

To wit:

Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop",
"chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its
Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband"
and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have
also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that
Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society…

Words taken out:

Carol, cracker, holly, ivy, mistletoe

Dwarf, elf, goblin

Abbey, aisle, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery,
monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, vicar

Coronation, duchess, duke, emperor, empire, monarch, decade

adder, ass, beaver, boar, budgerigar, bullock, cheetah, colt, corgi, cygnet,
doe, drake, ferret, gerbil, goldfish, guinea pig, hamster, heron, herring,
kingfisher, lark, leopard, lobster, magpie, minnow, mussel, newt, otter, ox,
oyster, panther, pelican, piglet, plaice, poodle, porcupine, porpoise,
raven, spaniel, starling, stoat, stork, terrapin, thrush, weasel, wren.

Acorn, allotment, almond, apricot, ash, bacon, beech, beetroot, blackberry,
blacksmith, bloom, bluebell, bramble, bran, bray, bridle, brook, buttercup,
canary, canter, carnation, catkin, cauliflower, chestnut, clover, conker,
county, cowslip, crocus, dandelion, diesel, fern, fungus, gooseberry, gorse,
hazel, hazelnut, heather, holly, horse chestnut, ivy, lavender, leek,
liquorice, manger, marzipan, melon, minnow, mint, nectar, nectarine, oats,
pansy, parsnip, pasture, poppy, porridge, poultry, primrose, prune, radish,
rhubarb, sheaf, spinach, sycamore, tulip, turnip, vine, violet, walnut,

Words put in:

Blog, broadband, MP3 player, voicemail, attachment, database, export,
chatroom, bullet point, cut and paste, analogue

Celebrity, tolerant, vandalism, negotiate, interdependent, creep, citizenship,
childhood, conflict, common sense, debate, EU, drought, brainy, boisterous,
cautionary tale, bilingual, bungee jumping, committee, compulsory, cope,
democratic, allergic, biodegradable, emotion, dyslexic, donate, endangered,

Apparatus, food chain, incisor, square number, trapezium, alliteration,
colloquial, idiom, curriculum, classify, chronological, block graph

I guess that Oxford University Press no longer thinks that British dictionaries need to contain words that are fundamental to the British identity….like abbey, monarch, bishop,and chapel.

H/T Media Blog at the National Review