Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Half

HALF, n. One of two equal parts into which a thing may be divided, or considered as divided. In the fourteenth century a heated discussion arose among theologists and philosophers as to whether Omniscience could part an object into three halves; and the pious Father Aldrovinus publicly prayed in the cathedral at Rouen that God would demonstrate the affirmative of the proposition in some signal and unmistakable way, and particularly (if it should please Him) upon the body of that hardy blasphemer, Manutius Procinus, who maintained the negative. Procinus, however, was spared to die of the bite of a viper.

2010 Update: The popular portion, often sought thrice.

27 comments:

Nessa said...

I have half a mind to discuss my better half but I'm half asleep and my coffee cup is half empty.

Dismal

Ariel the Thief said...

"One of two equal parts", what definition could be better? There's everything in it!

TLP said...

As long as mine is the bigger half, no one will get hurt. Especially if it's chocolate we're talkin' about.

sauerkraut said...

When I bring home something tasty, it seems I always have to cut it into 4 halves. Fortunately, I am the only one who likes coffee in this house and my cup is never half full.

Anonymous said...

half baked

Anonymous said...

need i say
more
it is
only
10:20
Peace Bless

Thom said...

Half: Yogi Berra said "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true." Is that true Sarah Palin?

Anonymous said...

Anon ~
Need you say more?
Probably.
4:20
is sometime
in the future,
right?

Jim said...

The sharecropper said "half a hog is better than no hog."
..

pia said...

Somehow half sandwich & half salad combo's always feel less than

Karen said...

S'kraut ~ Starbuck's is a popular coffeehouse with tens of thousands of stores worldwide. Is there a Starbuck's in the land of the Amish?

sauerkraut said...

Too many of 'em, Karen. All 3 of them are 8 too many.

Rutter's, Sheetz, Turkey Hill, etc., are all better than Star*ucks. And, at 84 cents for a 20 oz, a hell of a lot less expensive.

actonbell said...

I'd much rather be bitten by a viper than divided into three parts. Which would be thirds. I'm so confused.

Karen said...

S'kraut ~ Those three shops have to be local because I've never heard of any of them. My personal favorite is Dunkin' Donuts.

Tom & Icy said...

What we allow others to know about us.

sauerkraut said...

Karen - beans from the New England Coffee Company ain't half bad down heah, but the dunkin franchises are only recent and they've not yet learned how to properly perk the juice. There's nothing like a fresh cup of dunkin when I am in the Boston-Prov area, but the stuff they call dunkin down heah smells like road apples. I well imagine it tastes about the same.

Karen said...

Well, S'kraut, there you have it. In this part of the U.S.A., the Dunkin' is well established. They also brew a helleva iced coffee year round!

quilly said...

One half is jack....
...and the other half ain't Jill.

Alana said...

full or empty.

fear or desire.

half: neutrality.

hope you still have/haven't found what your looking for...

Doug said...

Nessa, sounds all morning.

Well, half of everything, Ariel.

TLP, the whole box is yours. I'll just have half.

Sauerkraut, The napoleon est omnis divisa in partes tres?

Bear, half-baked is half-you.

Thom, I get the idea in her case

Two half-wits make a quarter wit, Jim.

Pia, that's absolutely true. I won't order them. I won't, dammit.

Karen, that's not from wikipedia, is it?

Sauerkraut, them Amish sure know commerce, don't they? It occurs to me we really ought to mock the heck out of them, being as how they don't read blogs.

Halved into three quarters isn't for me, either, Actonbell. Especially because in my case, that might make three men.

Karen, my ex is a big fan of Dunkin Donuts. We don't have them out here in Siberia-by-the-sea.

Brilliant, Icy. You win the day.

Sauerkraut, that ought to be standard.

Karen, I'll testify too.

Alana, still not looking for anything but thanks.

By the way, y'all, I notice I published yesterday with half of my definition missing which leads me to conclude you all have decided to just trust that I know what I'm talking about.

Karen said...

I don't think I read "often sought thrice" before this morning.

Need to update the year - it's 2010.

Doug said...

Geez, Karen, thank. No, see my last comment above.

Karen said...

I was writing mine as you were posting yours, so there was an overlap. I see all of your comments. I have no idea what you're talking about. I have never heard of Siberia-by-the-sea.

quilly said...

Skipped me again. Should I consider you a half-wit?

Doug said...

Karen, I made that up.

Quilly, don't you already? (sorry)

quilly said...

Doug, if you repeat this out loud I will deny it, but no, I don't think you're a half-wit. In fact, I often find you quite witty.

Doug said...

Thanks, Quilly and ditto. We can keep this between just us and the internet.