Monday, August 11, 2008


Yes, activity. (Not?)

Cousin Bill reports on a fascinating week in his "Weekly Ramblings":
"Lacativity" (lack of activity) in the car market (usual for the month's first week) eliminated any long trips this week, with the only trips being to KC, quite boring and unworthy of further mention.
Thanks, Cousin Bill. It's always good to know what you've not been up to.

Still, I did learn something both novel and interesting in Cousin Bill's 'report', the portmanteau word "lacativity." I've neither seen nor heard this word before, and neither has Google, so Cousin Bill and I -- through the assistance of this Gypsy Scholar blog -- just might have initiated a new memelet.

My hunch is that this 'word' will find its niche in the vocabulary of economists because it's perfect for describing such economic matters as the major lacativity in the housing market these days.

Be that as it may, I've now introduced "lacativity" to the internet, so anyone doing a Google search will find lacativity here first . . . though I can probably also expect major lacativity on this particular Google search.

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At 8:36 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Uh-does this place me (us) in the same spotlight(s) as did John Colbert's "truthiness"?
And then I had to open another window to find the meaning of your "portmanteau" and "memelet".
It should be interesting to see how Uncle Cran manages to use any of the above in subsequent corrrespondence.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Cousin Bill, I hadn't realized that Colbert's "truthiness" had placed you in the spotlight, but your honest misdirection as to the source of "truthiness" -- specious 'John' rather than the actual Steven -- suggests that you did belong in that spotlight of borrowed glory.

Uncle Cran will undoubtedly have a field day.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:57 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Uh, Jeff, it's Stephen! I think. Bill

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Well, yeah, he spells it that way. But you can't believe anything Colbert says!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:24 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Which made me curious-how many variant forms of Stephen exist?

Googling gave me a count of 26, I pursued further and find Jeffery has 24, William has 34 and Cranford but two.

I'll let Uncle Cran find the 2nd.

Ah, idle time.


At 9:29 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thirty-four! Wow, just wait for the bill on that!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been spending money like the sailor (I used to be) at "Steal Your Dollar City {only a dollar? I WISH}, commonly known as Silver Dollar City. My wife, just leaning over my shoulder called told me to "Scrooge!" which I think she meant to mean 'scrooge over' to give her more room.
Surprisingly, we had a good time with two sons, their wives, and six grandkids. Lots of rides, plus magic shows, music, etc.
It has inhibited my ability to demonstrate my expertise in blogging. This is my blogge, isn't it.
I assumed that lacativity was a variant spelling of lactation, and thought that nephew Bill was milking the blogspot to gain the upper hand on recruiting "fans," not, of course the death dealing kind.
Portmanteau must be the cheap wine I tried to learn to drink in my wild and youthful days.
My fading memelet hinders me from rememeleting word meanings, so I will refrain (that word again, Jeffery), from commenting more.
I respect nephew Bills truthiness in his 'meanderings,' as I am sure he does myne, even though he is takine frome my specious words, thus hogging the spotlight of borrowed glory in this blog.
I haven't had a field day since getting the hay baled.
And so ends my true, honest and forthright {and brief} memo.
Cranford Stephens Hodges

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephens is my saintly mother's maiden name.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

And a good name it is, too, not one to be shared with the truthinetical likes of Mr. Colbert, whose first name I shall therefore continue to spell "Steven."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:55 PM, Blogger Bill said...

It seems the field day was accomplished last evening-Cran managed to use every word I had to search for-he must keep multiple windows open (in lieu of having fans).

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Speaking of accomplishments, as of now -- Monday, August 11th, 9:30 pm, Seoul time -- Google shows "lacativity" on 6 websites.

Let's keep track of this.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I 'spect G.S. (or might that be B.S.) is finally gonna make it to the OED.

Seven results and steadily rising.

The most recent states something like, "Making Sense of it All."

If something you've put out Professor fits into "Making Sense" in whatever form: I'd call that an accomplishment. However.

Do I congratulate Bill?

Do I congratulate the actual author of "Gypsy Scholar?"

If the second, would that be Jeff or Cran?


At 5:13 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, I'm assuming that "lacativity" was coined by Cousin Bill, but our consanguinity affords me partial authorship.

Seriously, though . . . Cousin Bill, did you coin this word?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:08 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Yes, I did coin this word, and fully expect coins to follow once lacativity makes it into Webster's latest. Said proceeds will be shared with one introducing the word via a blog-namely HJH.

At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was asked, "To whom should I make the check out to? Is this to a non-profit, tax exempt group?"

I (for once) found myself unable to respond, so?


At 12:40 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Cousin Bill, if successful, you shall receive in coin all of the interest generated by your investment.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:41 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, most of my business is nonprofit but not tax exempt.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:12 PM, Blogger Bill said...

No only! I'm going for "profit" and will do my best to make it "tax exempt".

At 4:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Bill, I'm broke myself. I have to buy books at a college bookstore.

My "wondering questioner" was looking for a tax write-off, or whatever one calls it. Will the IRS accept it if my friend reports she paid in cash?


At 6:14 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Best let "offshore" HJH advise on this.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I heartily second the notion that all funds be forwarded to my 'offshore' location.

Jeffery Hodges

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