xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (spn brothers in it together)
( Oct. 1st, 2010 10:18 am)
What a coincidence. Yesterday I saw the "Word of the Day" prompt from my Dictionary app showing the word lucifugous (meaning avoiding light). Less than half hour later, I ran into a new collaborative fic by [livejournal.com profile] leonidaslion (author) and [livejournal.com profile] dreamlittleyo (artist). It's called Sing Your Hymns Like Angels in Defeat (link to the master post). It's a post Apocalypse AU story, and is divided in three parts: "Requiem", "Nocturne", and "Oratorio". The work truly is as lyrical as these titles suggest. I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that these two each is fabulous in her own right; together they are team dynamite! Oh, I don't think it's spoilery for me to say this since it's established early on that the story features blind!Dean. Also it's Sam/Dean with a past established relationship.
Summary: And Lucifer Fell for a second time with the burning brilliance of a star. The Flare shone in his wake, and darkness fell upon the land ...
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (speak eeenglish)
( May. 7th, 2008 09:26 am)
I came across this amusing tidbit on how the phrase "steal one's thunder" originated:

The story involves John Dennis, a literary critic and largely unsuccessful playwright.

In 1704, Dennis' play Appius and Virginia was produced at Drury Lane Theater in London.  Dennis invented a brand new technique to make stage thunder for the production.

However, Appius and Virginia was a flop.  It closed after only a handful of shows.  To Dennis' horror, his method of making thunder was soon used in a production of Macbeth afterwards.

Understandably, Dennis was not happy that his idea got purloined, and gave a colorful response.  Some say, recorded by the literary scholar Joseph Spence (1699-1768) and later quoted in W. S. Walsh's Literary Curiosities, 1893, Dennis proclaimed:

"Damn them!  They will not let my play run, but they steal my thunder."

Still others said the actual words were:

"That is my thunder, by God; the villains will play my thunder but not my play!"
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (wordsmith)
( Aug. 17th, 2007 03:24 pm)
I was researching on the net on the origin and difference between "Roger" and "Wilco."  I only knew these terms are generally used in radio transmissions, but not much beyond that.  What I found was quite interesting.

Here's an excerpt from the information I found at phrase.org.uk:

ROGER -- "in the meaning of 'Yes, O.K., I understand you -- is voice code for the letter R. It is part of the 'Able, Baker, Charlie' code known and used by all radiophone operators in the services. From the earliest days of wireless communication, the Morse code letter R (dit-dah-dit) has been used to indicate 'O.K. -- understood.' So 'Roger' was the logical voice-phone equivalent." "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).

"Roger" means "I understand," "Wilco" is short for "will comply."

And here's a funny scenario that cracks me up:

: : Featuring Captain Clarence Oveur (the pilot) Roger Murdock (the co-pilot) and Victor Basta (the navigator):-

: : Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
: : Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector Victor?
: : Tower Voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
: : Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur! Over.
: : Tower Voice: Roger.
: : Roger Murdock: Huh?
: : Tower Voice: Roger, over.
: : Roger Murdock: Huh?
: : Captain Oveur: Huh?



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