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Short and (bitter)-sweet, this one, especially after the lame-o response to last week's SNLC, with just one visitor and 7 comments.  This one falls more into the pet peeve section, but details count, after all.  The pet peeve is question is a common misspelling that I'm sure you've all seen at some point, namely the misspelling of "in memoriam" as....

....."in memorium", which I've seen on more than once on recent occasions.  Doing a quick search on most people's fount of all information and mis-information, namely Google, a quick search (Boolean, of course, with quotes around the term):

"in memoriam" = 'About 27,000,000 results'
"in memorium" = 'About 1,300,000 results'  

In fact, Google even asks after you've typed the wrong spelling:

'Did you mean: "in memoriam"

You can also find this misspelling on the other major fount of information/mis-information on-line, namely wikipedia, at this link.

Of course, what really matters is the expression of tribute to lost loved ones, as recent events sadly demonstrate.  This is just a tiny plea for getting the details right when doing so.  The same principle applies everywhere else in life.  (In fact, that's another common misuse of two homonyms incorrectly, the use of "principle" in place of "principal", in such phrases as "principle idea" or "principle contributor", but that's a mini-rant for another day.)

With that, 'tis time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week.....

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  •  Happy Memorial Day weekend, all (7+ / 0-)

    So, from here, not one so much about my own personal loserness, but just hearing this feature on NPR earlier this week, on how it seems that people who save are the losers in the current economy.  The downside of trying to keep credit going, obviously.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:08:09 PM PDT

  •  Hiya, 3CM (5+ / 0-)
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    Not a loser story, exactly:

    Last night at work we seemed to have more than the usual number of mixups/miscommunications with the customers. To the point where I asked my coworker "Is it a full moon or something?" and later, another customer who witnessed a dust-up asked us the same thing.

    We weren't sure b/c for a string of nights we'd had heavy cloud cover.

    Well, tonight is clear: and the moon is just past full.

    Anecdotal, I know, but the moon does seem to affect some people's moods.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:35:41 PM PDT

  •  Oh, and I have some pet peeves (5+ / 0-)
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    about spellings, too:

    miniscule for minuscule

    improper use of apostrophes

    using data in the singular (data is instead of data are...ONE of them is a datum)

    and so forth.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:39:51 PM PDT

  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!

    Not much going on.  Hubby and his friend had their 44th bass opener together on our little lake with no misses even when the friend was in the Navy.  They caught a few fish and released them.  Hubby says it was bitter cold out in the wind.  I should say we live on a little lake, not that it is ours.  

    It is going to be really cold, tonight.  Frost warnings are up for the whole Thumb of Michigan.

    Actually, I am glad to be home and not having to drive somewhere this weekend.  It feels good after so many years of having to do it.

    I do remember those who have served and I will be thinking especially of those families who have lost loved ones.

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:42:22 PM PDT

    •  my nephew is big on..... (5+ / 0-)
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      ......fishing, so my brother takes him and the kids out when the occasion arises.  I think they also do catch-and-release.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:51:10 PM PDT

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    •  Hiya, cfk (3+ / 0-)
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      The cold front moved in here, too, early Friday morning. But we're nowhere near worrying about frost (mid-40s predicted for tonight's overnight low, I think).

      Still, people are complaining b/c Wed. was close to 90, Thurs. was cooler but still warmish...and then 50s again Fri. Today we got into the 60s but the difference is still kind of a shock.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun May 26, 2013 at 12:52:22 AM PDT

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      •  interesting that here, finally, we're getting..... (3+ / 0-)
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        ......weather that's actually spring-like, in late May.  Temps in the upper 60's during the day, crisp nights in the upper 50's or so.  The whole rest of the spring has been so un-spring-like.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:53:29 AM PDT

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    •  bummer about the cold weather. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm still enjoying my "global warming" tomatoes.  Too many to eat or give away, so many of them are just rotting.  I can't eat enough salads to use them up so I'm imaginatively cooking them into every hot meal.

      Bass: Are they smallmouth or largemouth?  Smallmouth are tasty and easy to catch.  I've never had opportunity to fish for largemouth.

  •  FWIW, I just watched (3+ / 0-)
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    the movie Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the book decades ago (and it's about damn time to reread it) but I thought the movie was a faithful adaptation to the spirit of the novel. Much of the dialogue seemed as though Austen penned it herself -- though I can't say for sure how much was Austen and how much inspired by her.

    Still, a very nicely done film. If you haven't seen it, it's at Netflix.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun May 26, 2013 at 12:59:09 AM PDT

    •  I liked that version, too (3+ / 0-)
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      It was well done, I agree.

      Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Sun May 26, 2013 at 02:45:37 AM PDT

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      •  BTW, never did comment on BF this past.... (3+ / 0-)
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        ......Wed., but I'm still plowing bit by bit through The Iliad, and have gotten through Book 17 (Patroclus has just snuffed it).  I also found that Paul Valery book that I set aside a while back, and will try to get through that one for a trek to the hybrid store.

        Well, compared to last week, 2 visitors, increase of 100%, I suppose.  I guess I used up all the DK diary karma with the Train Day diary 2 weeks back.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:58:40 AM PDT

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        •  It is a holiday, this time (3+ / 0-)
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          People have gone traveling.

          Not us.

          Best wishes!

          Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

          by cfk on Sun May 26, 2013 at 02:10:55 PM PDT

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          •  true enough. However, doesn't explain..... (0+ / 0-)

            ......last week's abysmal numbers, when no holiday weekend was involved.  The numbers this weekend are actually much better, in a diary where I put in a lot less effort.  Go figure.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:09:53 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe it's just a bad time. (3+ / 0-)
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          I wonder how your numbers hold up compared to other community features.

          I'm sick of the news.  There can't be enough bombings and tornadoes to fix the news as it lurches from one annoying and irrelevant pile of shit to another.  Jodi Arias, Benghazi, yup, whatever.  

          Down here in southern California, Bill Clinton (Dem, former centrist president) and Richard Riordan (Rep, and former mayor of LA and former California Republican gubernatorial nominee) were hitting the airwaves HARD HARD HARD on behalf of Wendy Gruel for mayor, which was a sure sign that she was a fucking shill.  I'm glad she lost to Garcetti, nice guy Jew and Democrat, who might be worse, who knows, but at least he wasn't endorsed by Bill Clinton.

          So I guess that's my nominee for losers of the week:  Wendy Gruel and Bill Clinton.

          Oh, and words that drive me nuts: SOCIETAL.  What the fuck is that?  SOCIAL isn't good enough, anymore?  Every time I hear the word societal, I think, that person who just said that is a pretentious ass afraid people will realize he's faking it.  The word reeks of defensive interoffice memo buggery.

          •  To add, about SOCIETAL... (3+ / 0-)
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            Just found this interesting link at Pain in the English discussing the two words.

            http://painintheenglish.com/...

            I liked this comment:

            I am a history professor at a service academy. I dislike "societal" because it is one of several 10-cent words that people use in failed attempts to make themselves sound more intelligent. "Utilize" (instead of "use") and "emplace" (instead of "place") are other examples. Cadets will ask to "utilize the latrine" instead of just using it. "Emplace" came into the language with Iraqis "emplacing" IEDs on the sides of roads, but now cadets will "emplace" a book into a bookbag. It's drives me crazy.
            I can't recall ever hearing the word EMPLACE.  That's just fucking awful.  I hope it doesn't become the new SOCIETAL.
          •  well, where I live, a centrist Democrat..... (1+ / 0-)
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            ......beats any Republican here, any day of the week, given that the Repukes have a lock on both houses of the state legislature.  Just sayin'.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:10:50 PM PDT

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    •  I saw the GP film of "Emma" when it first.... (3+ / 0-)
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      .....was in theaters.  I remember seeing a review later on that said that the writer/director did a great job on the former, and a terrible job on the latter.  In retrospect, I kind of saw the critic's point.  The dialogue felt very faithful, and the performances were quite good.  But there seemed like a certain "paint by numbers" aspect to the overall direction of the film, if that makes sense.

      I also once read a comment somewhere that, at least as of the late 1990's, the best Jane Austen film adaptation was actually Clueless.  That film, I haven't yet seen.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:56:04 AM PDT

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      •  No, I haven't seen Clueless either (1+ / 0-)
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        Guess maybe I should...wonder if it's on Netflix and I just sort of ignored it.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:09:23 PM PDT

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        •  I could probably borrow it from the local.... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....library if I had the time or inclination.  I seem to have neither at this moment.  Did knock off another CD set to trade at the local place, though, if and when I do another run there.  I should try to get closer to finishing the Paul Valery book that I mentioned above as well, but not there yet.  Kind of a loser-ish way to spend the last of the Memorial Day weekend, a boring evening at home, although there are worse things, I guess.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:21:26 PM PDT

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          •  Well, a boring evening at home (0+ / 0-)

            can be a lot of fun if you let it.

            Netflix has several foreign films I REALLY want to watch, like The Last Emperor. Only reason I haven't clicked on it yet is I usually go over there after coming here...after work.

            Don't have time for a 160-odd minute film on a work night. Don't have the energy or brainpower, either. Anything over two hours is right out -- less if it's an exciting night at kos and I have replies for people in multiple diaries...and all of a sudden it's four a.m. and I really better get my ass to bed b/c I have to get up and go to work again tomorrow.

            So I'm looking forward to a few boring evenings at home, so I can watch The Last Emperor and a few other really long films, mostly foreign.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:07:21 PM PDT

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            •  late reply 1; now I'm trying to remember if I..... (0+ / 0-)

              ......watched the full-length version of The Last Emperor when it was released to theaters back in the day.  I do recall seeing the original 1987 version in a theater.  (Shame Peter O'Toole didn't get a best supporting actor nomination that year, but he would have gone up against Sean Connery.)

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Thu May 30, 2013 at 09:29:50 PM PDT

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          •  OMG, 3CM, the algorithm at Netflix (0+ / 0-)

            popped up Clueless (along with a bunch of things I probably really don't want to see...that's usually how it works) "b/c you watched Emma."

            Algorithms are really awful and must be avoided...except when they're helpful.

            Still, I am trying to watch as many different things as possible so as to confuse their algorithms into incoherence. (Think how Hal was defeated in Space Odyssey.)

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:31:49 PM PDT

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            •  late reply 2; well, in the case of HAL and..... (0+ / 0-)

              .....2001: A Space Odyssey, I think you can say it was more brute force than any cleverness.  Fortunately, the algorithms at a site like Amazon.com don't read me too well (FB neither).

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Thu May 30, 2013 at 09:30:56 PM PDT

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          •  OK, verdict: NO (0+ / 0-)

            Clueless certainly is based on Emma -- with an hour to go, I can see the resemblance -- but unless you're a teenage girl, I don't think you'll like the film.

            It's better than its title suggests, but far worse than the Emma movie I watched.

            Entitled CA girls with attitude: if you're over 16, don't bother watching Clueless.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Tue May 28, 2013 at 12:11:34 AM PDT

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            •  late reply # 3; well, if I ever get around to..... (0+ / 0-)

              ......seeing it, we'll see.  Interestingly, the last movie I saw was Epic, and that was only because I had some movie points to use up.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Thu May 30, 2013 at 09:35:03 PM PDT

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