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Movember!

     

Movember!

Mois du cancer des testicules et de la prostate, je laisse pousser la moustache.       Testicular and prostate cancer month, I'm growing a mustache.
Dans mon travail en tant qu'interprète dans le médical, un élément récurrent est le temps : si seulement le dépistage avait eu lieu plus tôt...   In my work as medical interpreter, one thing I keep on hearing is: if only they'd been screened earlier...
Ainsi, pendant tout le mois de novembre, j'adhère à Movember (voir les programmes financés ici) auxquels ce mois-ci je donne 5% de mes revenus.   So, I've signed up to Movember (see their funded programmes here) and donating 5% of my income.
En même temps, ce mois vous donne libre droit de vous tripoter sous la douche, tout en protégeant votre santé !   At the same time, this is a month where you're free to play with yourself in the shower, while looking after your health!
Pour mieux vous informer :   For more information:
Cancer de la prostate   Prostate cancer
Cancer des testicules   Testicular cancer
Si ça voute chante, vous pouvez inscrivez-vous ici.   If the idea grabs you, you can sign up here.
Sinon, vous pouvez toujours faire un petit don (notez! bien que c'est marqué "donate to me", rien n'est pour moi, tout va directement à Movember).   Or you could just make a quick donation (NB! Although it says "donate to me", it is not for me, everything goes straight to Movember).
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Spurious or false etymology is sometimes known as "folk etymology" (which actually has a different meaning in linguistics) or Sunday etymology. Germans have a lovely term: "Kling-Klang-Etymologie" to indicate pseudo derivations such as Gott (God) deriving from gut (good) due to similar sounds. There ought to be a term "urban etymology" (well, now there is) to describe similar hopefuls. I want to propose the term "prettymology" for explanations that are either "urban etymologies" or legitimate but "nice" and appealing too. An example follows:

Liverpool is said to give senior citizens free bus passes which become valid from 9 am. One subset of the beneficiaries regularly attempt to stretch the envelope by arriving a bit too early with a combination of shopping basket, optimism, a fairly good understanding of human nature, and a nice smile, asking "Are we too early?", earning them the bus crew's nickname of "Twirlies"!

(For non-native English speakers: 'to early" sounds like "twirly", and "twirl" also means "spin" a verb often used in the expression "to take something (often a car) for a spin", the pun being that wheels must spin for a car to move, and a twirl is (thus) often considered as a simple, but enjoyable ride.)

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Legend has it that R. J. Yeatman, co-author of "1066 and All That", had a "cave canem" (Latin for "beware of the dog") sign on his gate to deter burglars. When it was pointed out that some burglars might not be able to read Latin he replied, "They're not the sort of burglars we want".

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Today's wiktionary Foreign word of the day is Korean: 인산인해, figurative term for "a great crowd of people". Its Western transcription is "insaninhae", and a crowd is always partly mad...

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How many of you differentiate "it's" and "its", "they're" and "their", "you're" and "your" when you speak?

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