Gwendoogle Part LXXXII – Happiness and Some Strange Etymology


Answers served with a smile

Kate Kearney searched: What would you put inside an emergency happiness kit?
For myself, the kit would look something like:

– One bag of peppermint patties
– The DVD sets of Supernatural season 4 and 5 or the A Knight’s Tale DVD
– face paint (including at least three bright colors and black)
– soft socks
– a book I’ve never read before
– a cuddle blanket (implying that it is both large enough to wrap all the way around me, and heavy enough that I feel it as more than just warmth)
– a water bottle because I’m always losing mine, and the fact that I’m rarely hydrated properly is likely part of the problem
– something that no one will care if I either smash, shred, or otherwise destroy it

If you asked me to make a kit for someone else, it would probably just be a variant of this. The DVDs would be picked more personally for them. The socks might be exchanged for a fun hat or scarf. The face paint might be swapped out for play dough or yarn. The water bottle could be replaced with tea or hot chocolate. The item to destroy might be abandoned all together. I’m not sure how many other people actually feel happier after having become Wreck-It Ralph for thirty seconds.

HappyHarper searched: Have you ever used the phrase “back in my day” to someone younger than you?
I believe that I’ve said it to my younger sister (who receives most of my ridiculous comments), but I can’t come up with a specific instance.

I know that I’ve said it to be people older than me, with full knowledge that I was talking to someone older than I was, and for no good reason. Because it was very ridiculous.

I don’t believe I’ve ever said it with any type of seriousness.

Kate Kearney searched: What are five quotes that speak to you today?
1. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – Jon Sinclair

2. “Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.” – Peter Finley Dunne

3. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – J.K. Rowling

4. “A ship in port is safe. But that’s not what ships were built for.” – John A. Shedd

5. “Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Momma searched: What makes some trees grow twisted?
In some cases, it is just a genetic characteristic of the tree to form a tight twist as it grows.

In others, it’s a sign that one side of the tree’s root system is taking in more nutrients than the other. This can be caused by various things including environment situations and damage, but results in the tree creating a spiral grain to deliver equal amounts of nutrients to both sides of the tree.

Kate Kearney searched: Current favorite card or board games?
Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Settlers of Catan and Rummy. I’m not sure if I would say they were my favorite, so much as say that my favorite people play them with me.

When I was a kid, I played a card game called Spit with my sister for hours. I used to bargain with her for one – or two, or three – more games before we did our homework, and we often got lost and never got any work done at all. I haven’t played it in years, but now that you ask, I miss it, and I’d really like to see how much of the old card-slapping speed I’ve lost. It’s a favorite.

Fort Justin searched: Have you ever walked into a wall?
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Strictly speaking, I don’t think I have, as most of my stupidest moments tend to happen at high speeds. I don’t walk. I run.

Kate Kearney searched: Is there a time and a place for everything?
For the most part, I’m willing to say yes. I find that most things are just waiting for the opportune moment.

Kate Kearney searched: Where should I put that statue?
There is absolutely a time and a place for everything. That statue’s time is next century and its place is under fifty feet of water, nestled on the ocean bed where the fish and filtered sunlight turn it into something magical. Otherwise, it might just need to go into storage.

Kate Kearney searched: How much crazier can we get?
I’d bet on a lot. So, take your best shot.

Kate Kearney searched: Is there such a thing as a ygnarfl?
… I’m impressed.

It’s the combination of a sneeze and a cough, either occurring concurrently or consecutively. It is likely derived from the Shakespeare’s gnarl (to contort or snarl) and the onomatopoeias of coughing and sneezing.

Neekers searched: Are Ilene and Irene from the same root?
Nope. While the spelling of Ilene was probably influenced by Irene, Ilene comes from the Ancient Germanic name, Avila (whose meaning isn’t exactly known but is likely “desired”). Avila became Avelina. It was made Aveline into by the English, and then into Eibhlin by the Irish. Then it became Eileen, and was shuffled back to the English as Aileen, Aline, Ilene, Ilean and Ileen.

Irene comes directly from the Ancient Greek word, eirene (“peace.”)

Kate Kearney searched: What is the definition of illbelliar?
A man or woman who makes war poorly.

For instance, a warrior who brings a duck and desk lamp into battle instead of sword and shield. Or the person who brings a knife to a gunfight, but not the person who brings a gun to a knife fight.

Summer searched: So… Nevada?
Nevada is the seventh largest state of the union, admitted to the union in 1864 as the 36th state.

By 1900 Nevada had the smallest population in the union and was continuing to shrink as most settlers found that the dangers of a harsh desert environment overpowered the lure of silver. To help draw inhabitants back, Nevada legislation cleverly made a lot of California’s illegalities legal inside their friendly borders.

To this day, Nevada has easy divorces, easy marriages, casino gambling, liberal alcohol laws, no personal or corporate income taxes, and legalized prostitution in licensed brothels.

So… what exactly did you want to know about Nevada?

Kate Kearney searched: Where is the that sundial I misplaced?
The last sundial I saw was in Hannibal, Missouri, between the train tracks and the Mississippi river, under a statue of Mark Twain, surrounded by flowers, directly across from the steam boat dock, under the sky. Was that yours?

Have a question for Gwendoogle? Leave it in comments below and I’ll be back next week to answer it.

The question bucket currently has: 29 questions


2 thoughts on “Gwendoogle Part LXXXII – Happiness and Some Strange Etymology

  1. Does popping pimples actually damage your skin and if so in what way? Does it matter if the pimple head is white, black, or red? What are three tropes you find amusing about magical children/teens coming into their power? Have you ever gotten a manicure or a pedicure? How far back does the longest genealogical history go? Pretty men snarking or brilliant women sassing? Will you pick an outfit from different decades or centuries and describe your clothes for the week? What are two instances where pictures convey meaning better than words? Two instances when words convey meaning better than pictures? Define: Oprtricls wert Plongsnock. Best thing to do on a stressed Tuesday? How do I clean a room in five steps? What are three tips to organizing belongings in a room? Supposedly different types of alcohol affect moods in different ways, is there any research/information on how these moods are affected by alcohol type across the American population or is it an individual basis, or are such claims completely unfounded? If you could fly what would be the ideal way? Magic carpet, personal wings, etc? What is the significant/history of the no white shoes after/before Labor Day? More to come…

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