May 24, 2006

Catch My Point?

Some days, nothing interesting seems to be happening, so we go in search of the out-of-the-ordinary. So, that's what I did today and I found this:

So, maybe I should just carry a towel tomorrow because after all, A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have! He is one of my favorite authors which reminds me I have to buy the Hitchhiker's collection some day.

Have you ever come across the phrase, crossing the rubicon? I hadn't until today and strangely, while reading a technical article on javascript. Since I had decided to spend the day in such critical pursuits, I looked it up:

Crossing the Rubicon: Irrevocably commit to a course of action, make a fateful and final decision.

And then I looked up a few more phrases I had come across recently and since I have nothing else to write about, I am posting them here, hoping you find them as exciting as I did (yippeeee!):

Occam's Razor: the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable.

A self-fulfilling prophesy: a prediction that, in being made, actually causes itself to become true.

A self-authorizing language (sound familiar?): "That is, if you’re smart enough to read it, you’re permitted to know what is being said."

On to lighter stuff, one lady at the University actually showed me what this phrase meant (tip for maximum effect - hold the hand straight up while walking away as the person is talking to you! - atleast that's how she did it):

Talk to the hand: contemptuous and urbanized way of saying that no one is listening.

Water Under The Bridge: used to refer to something that is over and gone and so not worth thinking any more about.

One of my friends kept using this and finally, I had to look it up (I didn't tell him that I nodded all those times without knowing exactly what it meant, though :)
Moot point: A debatable question, an issue open to argument; also, an irrelevant question, a matter of no importance.

Another one of those phrases that cropped up at work when someone said, "Am winging it here..." and the phrase went over my head as it filled with colorful images of birds and blue skies:
Wing it: To improvise.

Here's one that sometimes applies to me literally and figuratively
Bad Hair Day: a day when everything seems to go wrong.

And here's what you, the reader and I, the writer will exchange now at having successfully completed (reading/writing) this post:
High Five: A gesture of greeting, elation, or victory in which one person slaps an upraised palm against that of another person.


Parth said...

Hobson's choice would be a good addition to this list :-) You cross the rubicon the day you decided to read a technical article on javascript.

Nyneishia said...

self fullfilling prophecy.. that sounds interesting. will look around for more.

Prabhu said...

Water under the bridge -- exact opposite to "thalai-ku mela thanni ponaa".. but both still mean the same...

FSN 2.2 said...

Talk to the hand: contemptuous and urbanized way of saying that no one is listening.

Hardly 'urbanized', although I suppose you could call it though.This phrase was apparently pretty popular in the 80s and early 90s, although now it'd be called 'cheesy' or 'g*y'. I've heard that its what high school girls (perhaps guys too..but I haven't heard of it, so I can't comment) reportedly use, in place of the 'whatever' that they used in middle school.Or vice-versa. Whatever.

If you've watched Terminator 3, this phrase was parodied by Arnold wearing purple sunglasses, and came off quite specatularly.

Of course..he said "Thock thoo the handh". was still COOL.

Hellboy said...

just posted a comment for the previous post, talk about a slow thinker :)

RS said...

parth - I just looked it up :) I guess I did cross the rubicon as soon as I came across the first article on AJAX!

nyneishia - :)

prabhu - I think there is an English equivalent to that also...

fsn2.0 - :)), I dont remember the scene from Terminator 3 although I did see it in the theatre, sounds funny though :)

hellboy - :)

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