numpty, nudnik

Lyagushka (Meirav):


and being Jewish I can confirm that the word “nudnik” is absolutely spot on for this.

Originally posted on Sesquiotica:

For once and for all, let’s stop using the term grammar Nazi.

The Nazis were not just people who got all up in your face about small things. Do I even need to tell you about them? Are you really OK with using Nazi as a synonym for meanie or taskmaster or martinet or pedant?

Sure, we need a term for people who simply can’t seem to resist being dicks about other people’s grammar. But I don’t think we need to call them grammar genocidal megalomaniacs. There’s a better term, much better, that was drawn to my attention by one of the language gang on Twitter, @mededitor, who tweeted a flow chart made by David Bradley: “A simple flowchart to avoid becoming a grammar numpty.”

Ah, yes, grammar numpty. As @mededitor explained, “‘Numpty’ is a UK pejorative, meaning chowderhead.” It’s actually a fairly…

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thoughts on waking up today

I wake up and you are there

how else would I cope
how would I get through this time of year
you know about the SAD, Lord
the daylight hours are so few right now
and seasonal depression tries so hard to drag me down

life feels so much harder
the to do list feels like a mountain to climb
I get discouraged when I think of
all that I haven’t done
all that I need to get done
and the daylight hours being so few right now

but waking up with all those thoughts and feelings
I know I’m not alone
I wake up knowing that you’re there
and that you love me

how else would I cope
© Meirav M. 2015

I awake, and I am still with you.


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”


as a blogger, Je suis Charlie


yesterday, once again, people were murdered because they had dared to express views which offended someone else’s deeply-held beliefs, and that someone else’s deeply-held beliefs happen to include a belief that it’s ok to murder people who offend their beliefs. … Continue reading

omg, to die for

Lyagushka (Meirav):

Hanukkah: it’s not about the pretty candles.

Originally posted on Meirav's Soapbox:

Hanukkah starts this evening, and we’ll be lighting pretty candles and thanking God for his great miracles. But this year I decided to do something I’d never done before, and I’ve started reading through the book of Maccabees, refreshing my mind about stuff we’d been told at school, stuff which can easily get forgotten in the sentimentality of pretty candles, in the sweet, child-centred attitude to a holiday which celebrates something that happened at the end of a very gory war.

People died. People killed people. It wasn’t pretty.

Hanukkah is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights, but it is also sometimes called the Feast of Dedication, and this name gives a better clue as to what it’s celebrating – the rededication of the Temple after the Greeks had desecrated it, bringing idols into the place which was supposed to be holy to God. The Greeks had tried…

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