Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lacteal Fluid

LACTEAL FLUID, n. (Reporterese)  Milk.

2009 Update: The final kindness last altruism before death.

17 comments:

sauerkraut said...

milk of magnesia? or are you talking jack (daniels)?

pia said...

Uh, lacteal sounds so not intriguing. However--lacteal fluid--love child of teal milk paint

Nessa said...

I think I love these words. I wonder how I can work them into a conversation today.

jenn said...

got lacteal fluid?

the amoeba said...

Mammon.

I mean, really. Have you checked the price on a gallon of milk lately?

the amoeba said...

Is it a coincidence that NPR's Morning Edition ran a story today on the 50th Anniversary edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style? With its admonition to "Omit needless words?"

I didn't think you had such power over NPR, Doug.

yersigh - not so loud!

Doug said...

Sauerkraut, the better question is what are you hearing?

Pia, that's more intriguin, I have to admit.

Nessa, I'd try your daughter.

Different ring, huh, Jenn?

Amoeba, I've wondered in the past whether "Mammon" and "Mammary" shared a root. The double-entendre is accidental. And this year, they probably need all the members they can get.

Jamie Dawn said...

:-) Ha, ha... Jenn's comment is a goodie!

Lacteal Fluid: Udderly delicious, especially when served cold alongside chocolate cake.

actonbell said...

Haha, JD.

I heard that NPR segment, and really laughed at the Dorothy Parker quote,
"If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy."

the amoeba said...

For me, Actonbell, the Parker quote took second place to E. B. White's tale of Will Strunk in the classroom - where he omitted needless words so effectively, and with such obvious pleasure, that he found himself with nothing to say, and time to kill. So he said everything three times.

Omit needless words.
Omit needless words.
Omit needless words.

My Gawd. A prehistoric rapper!

Weirsdo said...

I think reporters were more literate, but not better stylists, in Bierce's day.

That ELEMENTS OF STYLE was very big at Yale when I T. A.ed there. At Auburn I used TEN LESSONS IN CLARITY AND GRACE, which is also good, but sounds more Southern.

TLP said...

LACTEAL sounds weird to me. Adding fluid to it doesn't help.

Anonymous said...

been milking the day ,
for a reply...
have none...
nothing to say of death,
as for giving...
remember a coastie,who in class (childbirth)
expressed his delight
in cream and sugar ,
in one motion ....
Peace

Ariel the Thief said...

LOL at the Dorothy Parker Quote! I can always tell kindness when I see it.

That's not so much about altruism, Doug, but in your age a man has so few illusions that I'd hate to ruin it...

Doug said...

JD, you mean lactose ho-hos?

Actonbell, the one by the writer from Portland making fun of Strunk & White? This is why I love Dot Parker, by the way.

Amoeba, E.B. White was the White of Strunk &?

I reckon, Weirsdo.

Stirring, Bear.

Yes, yes, Ariel. Leave me this last one. I shouldn't need it much longer.

the amoeba said...

'Zactly, Dawg. Mr. Stuart Little himself. In fact, if I remember correctly, it was E.B. White who taught James Thurber the wonders of Strunkian style, exhibited in their collaboration Is Sex Necessary?

tsduff said...

Ummm - am going North to Reno to assist the daughter in law with her baby - sadly cannot help with the lacteal fluid. I do have principals after all.