Saturday, February 9, 2008

I'm It, and Another Bump on the Learning Curve

Here's da rulez;

Pick up the first book of 123 pages or more.

Go to p. 123

Read the first five sentences.

Post the next three sentences.

From Melvyn P . Leffler's A Preponderance of Power

He (sec. of State James Byrnes, in 1946) parried Russian requests for trusteeship rights iin the former Italian colonies, and he insisted the Dodecanese be returned to Greece. Most important of all, he supported Italian claims to territory in Venezia Giulia and adamantly resisted Tito's efforts to gain Trieste.

Tensions remained acute in the key Adriatic port.

I have no idea who's playing, and who's left, so Jane R., BB, Kristin, Mimi, and Nina in yet?


Nina said...

Now she is!

johnieb said...


Jane R said...

Okey dokey! But the cat is sitting on the book, so it will have to wait till she gets off.

johnieb said...

I think pragmatic observance of the rule in Miss Maya Pavlova's honor is allowable, but as you wish.

Jane R said...

What bump on the learning curve?

Meme is done. Maya moved.

Kirstin said...

Thanks! I'll play tomorrow. Gotta turn the 'puter off for the night.

johnieb said...

The "I Don't Know How to Moderate Comments yet nor where to look for them bump". It's only after I allow them that they ssend me an e-mail that they are here, so there must be a kink in the system.

Peaceful night, blessed end.

Jane R said...

Oh, I thought that might be, except that you talked about it in the previous post and this one was about the meme, so I didn't quite get what the learning curve had to do with the meme.

Yes, I know it's late. I was up doing some research.

Kirstin said...

Done, sir.

Paul said...

I'd done mine (tagged by busy Fran) but thanks for thinking of me, guy.

June Butler said...

The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers:

"Honorable Bird," however, has certain advantages as a pictorial symbol, since, besides reminding us of those realities which it does symbolize, it also reminds us that the whole picture is a symbol and no more. There have been people so literal-minded as to suppose that God the Father really is an old man with a beard, but remarkably few adult persons can ever have believed that the Holy Ghost really was a dove. In what we may call the "standard" pictorial symbol of the Holy Trinity, the emphasis is rather upon the diversity than upon the identity; it depicts the Unity-in-Trinity.

There ya go, Johnie, at your place, not at my place.

johnieb said...

Nice, Mimi! Thanks for sharing it here.

Ormonde Plater said...

H. W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Much of the most usual spelling for these is with y throughout--shyer, shyest, shyly, shyness, shyish; this should be made invariable for them; & it would be well if dryer, dryest, & dryly, could be written also; but since dry is the commonest word, & its preference for the i undoubted, the inconsistency will probably continue. 2. With the agent-nouns in -er consistency might more easily be obtained; dryer, prevalent in technical use (oil-painting, pottery, &c.), should be corrected to drier. The other verbs are eleven--cry, fly, fry, ply use, ply bend, pry, shy start, shy throw, sky, spy, try.