When
· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · October
· · · · 16 (2 entries)

WWWW and Poo Poo · I’d like, in a high-toned kind of way, to rec­om­mend the ex­cel­lent World Wide Words web­site and feed (I used four W’s be­cause the “Web” is as­sumed pre­sen­t), which, for those who care about lan­guage in a schol­ar­ly way or are just look­ing for et­y­mo­log­i­cal belly-laughs (o­ri­gin of “skivvies” any­one?) can’t be beat. Descend­ing a cou­ple of lev­el­s, I can’t help but note, in my ca­pac­i­ty as oc­ca­sion­al play­ground su­per­vi­sor, that in the decades since I was in kinder­garten, the child­hood taunt “Na-na-na-na-na” has mor­phed in­to “Na-na-na-poo-poo.” This is clear­ly an im­prove­men­t, in­cor­po­rat­ing both vow­el vari­a­tion and sca­to­log­i­cal im­pli­ca­tion. My con­grat­u­la­tions to whichev­er younger gen­er­a­tion in­no­vat­ed while I wasn’t lis­ten­ing.
 
Crooks in Plain Sight · This morn­ing, a rather well-crafted phish­ing at­tempt squirmed through my spam fil­ter; my EBay ac­count was due to be sus­pend­ed, and so on. Very pol­ished and pro­fes­sion­al and con­cerned, on­ly I don’t have an EBay ac­coun­t. So, by in­vest­ing about 45 sec­onds of source-viewing I as­cer­tained they want­ed me to go vis­it 203.146.170.21 which turns out to be “ThaiEdResearch.org”, a plausible-looking web­site, at least to one who like me doesn’t read Thai. But ob­vi­ous­ly, they are ei­ther crim­i­nal­s, or their web­mas­ter is a crim­i­nal, or their ISP is a crim­i­nal. If any­one cared, it wouldn’t be too hard to find out. This feels to me kind of like walk­ing in­to a bank, wav­ing a gun around, and giv­ing them a stamped self-addressed en­ve­lope to mail the stolen mon­ey in. What am I miss­ing? [Up­date: lots of feed­back on this one.] ...
 
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