Programmer, opera singer, actor, textual editor.
Actually, this reminds me of “Hadrian VII”.
There was a hit song in the 40s called “Paradiddle Joe”. The whole subject is covered in Wikipedia under “Drum Rudiment”. I personally find it endlessly amusing that, among all the flams, paradiddles, ruffs, drags, radamacues, and so forth, one of them is named “Lesson 25”.
“Don’t mention it. I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can’t help it. I was born sneering.”
Well, Gàidhlig and English are cognates if you go back about 5,000 years. So are French, Greek, Hindi, Armenian, Russian, Lithuanian, and Albanian.
Scottish Gaelic is not generally spoken in Edinburgh. It is mainly found only in, as they say, “the Highlands and the islands”.
(The Lord’s prayer in Scottish Gaelic)
Ar n-Athair a tha air nèamh,Gu naomhaichear d’ainm.Thigeadh do rìoghachd.Dèanar do thoil air an talamh,mar a nìthear air nèamh.Tabhair dhuinn an-diugh ar n-aran làitheil.Agus maith dhuinn ar fiachan, amhail a mhaitheas sinne dar luchd-fiach.Agus na leig ann am buaireadh sinn;ach saor sinn o olc:oir is leatsa an rìoghachd,agus an cumhachd,agus a’ glòir,gu sìorraidh. Amen
(The Lord’s prayer in Scots)
Wir Faither in Hivin,Yir name be keepit in awe,Yir ring begin,i the warld as in Hivin.Gie us ilk day wir breidfor the day,An forgie whit we are awin tae Yirsel,As we forgie ithers whit is awin tae us.An dinna trachle us sairly,but free us frae the Deil;fur the Croun is yir ain,An the micht an the glorie,Warld upo warld.Sae be it.
English English and Scottish English (which is about as different from English English as American English is) are the main languages in Edinburgh.
Rainy days were the normal time for fishing, when I was a kiddywink in Maine.
Most countries “just happened”, as a result of barbarian conquests, language isoglosses, and lines of aristocratic inheritance. The US was deliberately created. That tends to make the flag more psychologically important.
The Korean War had started up, and people were expecting the return of rationing, as there had been during WW2. During WW2, some people had made an effort to lay in stocks of food before rationing started, and this was known as “hoarding”. In the event, though, 1950–53 did not see rationing in the US.
When I was a kid, we all knew what “percolate” meant, because our parents had coffee percolators at home—sometimes even a 100-cup monster for parties.
A couple of years ago, it was January 1st. Seriously. I was there.