Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19th, outsourced

It's good to be back and surfing the internet again.

Here is a (very brief) roundup of a few of the new words and exiled words in my old work project, the OED. [The Atlantic]

Muslims living on the upper floors of the tallest building in the world should fast two minutes longer than us peons on the ground, didn't you know? [via Andrew Heiss]

Sometimes I hate movie trailers. They give the ending away, or they show all the best parts, or they show only the best parts but they're all stupid so you know the movie will be stupid, or you don't like the actors in them. The trailer for One Day managed to offend me on every single one of those levels. And I'm not the only one. [The Guardian, via GFY]

Read this sample chapter of Modelland, a soon-to-be-released YA novel by Tyra Banks, and tell me again with a straight face that Twilight is poorly written. If your brain hasn't exploded by then, that is. [B&N, via GFY]

A woman was in active labor during her Illinois bar exam and gave birth two hours after finishing it. OH YEAH. [Jezebel, via WWDTM]

I almost, almost don't believe this story about a team of explorers that tried to reach the North Pole by - wait for it - hydrogen balloon, in 1897. What? [mental_floss, via GFY]

OK, so he's kind of a jerk about getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, but at least he was a really clever jerk. (Sorry if I already posted this a few months ago. I don't remember putting it on Outsourced Friday, but if I did, then well, it deserves to be shared again.)

Here is an interesting article (w/video slideshow) about terrible Southern accents in movies. The one showing a clip of Nicolas Cage in ConAir literally made my jaw drop open in horror. However, I have to say that some of their reasoning isn't iron-clad. People can change their registers if they want to, so just because Miss Teen South Carolina talks a certain way on national television doesn't mean that's the way she talks when she's sitting at her kitchen table. Also, I was shocked to see Christian Bale included on this list. I thought he was one of the best accent chameleons out there. This is the guy who gave all his publicity interviews for Batman Begins in an American accent so as not to detract from the image of Bruce Wayne, for crying out loud.


elliespen said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That book chapter. Wow. Just . . . wow. Did she hire Anne Shirley to come up with the names? And is it supposed to be SF, Fantasy, some kind of dystopian thing, or what? WHY DO CARS TURN INTO NAKED WOMEN? These, I feel, are important questions that should be addressed.

Rebecca said...

I mourn the passing of the word "growlery." It and I just became acquainted two days ago.

Crys said...

Did she pass? Why didn't they put that in the story :)

elliespen said...

Crys -- the bar results generally aren't released until a few months after the bar, so she probably hasn't found out yet, and probably won't for awhile. (Just to give you an idea, when I took the July bar in 2010, I found out that I passed on Sept. 17. Some of my friends who took the bar in other states didn't find out until November or even December for a few of them.)

Bridget said...

I was just thinking that the whole baby story would be ruined if she ends up not having passed the bar. :)

Scotty P said...

I was not expecting that guy to deliberately crash his bike in the bike lane the first time. So funny. I've noticed that bikers can be real jerks.

Susanne said...

"it sounds like he's using the "talk like your mouth is wired shut" strategy." -- ha! True!

"Unfortunately, no North Carolinians used their webcams to record themselves during the Civil War, so it's hard to tell just what people sounded like then."

Oh, even better! :D This is a fun link - thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

Oh, and we have various accents in North Carolina. That real life NC girl they linked to doesn't sound like most people where I live though I have heard her accent closer to the mountains and even from my SIL east of Raleigh...


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