Thursday, September 06, 2012

Little to say. I have started the double-mitre at the neck edge, don’t entirely understand the instructions. I should have either a photograph of success, or a tale of woe, for tomorrow.

I am re-loving madelinetosh, and thinking of where she might go next. Jared has a new collection. The Eternity Cardigan? The Hayward top? And Cookie A (Ravelry link) has branched out from socks. Quotient? Obtuse? One day, whether it turns out to be the Effortless or not, I must knit – and then surely never wear – something asymmetrical and swirly. And madelinetosh-y.

There’s a new blog post up from Helen C.K.S, always an event. She's knitting a cowl called Rayures. I think it's what is called a snood in Strathardle, and I wish I had knit it for the Games. Maybe someone would like one for Christmas. Helen's post also includes an amazing picture of the Queen, and a link to a link – but I’ve saved you the trouble – for the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Politics, random

It might be interesting one day – but not this year – to ask Theo what sort of budget he was working with, for the Convention.

America is far more deeply polarised than it was when I was young. Maybe the fear of nuclear annihilation – it was very real, always there; it began to recede only after the Cuban Missile Crisis  – made us aware of our common humanity.

Here’s something you can help me with. Does one ever say those rather awful acronyms, POTUS and FLOTUS, out loud? (I had never heard of them until George W. Bush’s day.) If so, how is the first syllable pronounced? To rhyme with “float”? Or “pot”?


  1. Yes, one does say them out loud. Rhymes with float.

  2. Yes, one does say them out loud. Rhymes with float.

  3. Anonymous2:25 PM

    I've never used POTUS and not sure who FLOTUS is. But I know they rhyme with "float us."

    Beverly in NJ

  4. I hear POTUS and SCOTUS (which, yes, feels dirty to type) used on NPR of all things. Usually on All Things Considered and Marketplace.

  5. FLOTUS= First Lady of the United States.

    The sad thing is we had acrimony in the political arena prior to 9/11 and the event didn't heal us.

  6. Okay Suzanne, I give up... What is SCOTUS please?

  7. I admit, I've used POTUS before, but not FLOTUS.

    And Suzanne, SCOTUS means Supreme Court of the United States. And yes, it does sound rather like an male body part - which I thought most appropriate (especially for Thomas) until the recent additions to the Court.

  8. Anonymous8:10 PM

    Thank you, Jean, for the link to Jared's new collection. I see several designs I would like to knit, with Wellwood being the first one.

    Although I'm a US citizen and have lived in the US all my life, I have never seen either of the mentioned acronyms! I'm happy to know, through the comments above, what they stand for, in case I should ever chance upon them. Everyday is, indeed, a learning experience!

    Mary G. in Texas

  9. =Tamar1:11 AM

    One of my cousins said, back in the 1970s, that if you wanted to have the average person understand (and tolerate) you, you should never use a word of more than two syllables. My father agreed, reporting that even college-educated engineers preferred to call a caterpillar earthmover a tractor, even though that was technically the wrong word.
    "President" only has three syllables, as does "First Lady", but these two-syllable acronyms are taking over.

  10. Anonymous4:31 AM

    Jean...Kudos to Theo! It has been a wonderful night. Last week I spent a great deal of time cursing and ranting at the television. Tonight it has been hosannas and hallelujahs.

    Barbara M in NH