OPEN THREAD 20200404

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

After going through the elements, we now enjoy a sequence of RANDOM somewhat pseudo-random topics that will be thrown out for investigation and commentary on each open thread. At some point, in a way something like composite numbers, I will accidentally hit a second occurrence of one of them – that’s just normal.

Have fun!

Citizen U

(a.k.a. W on the OTHER site)

Day 150 – Sesqui – the prefix and all things “sesqui”

12 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200404

  1. “Sesqui-” is just one-and-a-half in Latin. It’s original linguistic origin is likely “semis” (one half) + “que” (and).

    A lot of people encountered it when a state had their sesquicentennial (150-year anniversary). Some of us who have an abnormal knowledge of pipe organs have seen a sesquialtera stop (which plays two pipes per key). Annoying people who habitually use 50% longer words than they need to convey meaning can be sesquipedalian.

    In chemistry, there are sesquioxides, sesquihydrates, and sesquicarbonates — which is what you get when you leave a copy of the Kama Sutra around certain atoms, IYKWIMAITYD.


  2. Incidentally, knowing Latin numeric terms is very useful throughout one’s life…..often in weird ways.

    For instance, the word “trivia” is “three roads”. If you were on a Roman road (which, BTW, were fascinating and sophisticated structures) and came to a fork, there would be an official Roman milepost and a large, unofficial, “bulletin board”.

    On the “bulletin board” would be pinned various traffic messages, like “bridge out in Avenio”, or “brigands in Massilia”. It would also have general advisories, like “Acosta Merdicaput Est” or “Non est verio CNN”. And it would have random postings of limited interest, like “Kilroyus acqui erat” or “Messalina en Roma amorosa est”. And the whole overwhelming data flow on such a bulletin board — similar to the internet today — was nicknamed for the three roads that converged there……”trivia”.


    1. I heard a different one.

      The “Trivium” was the group of three liberal arts subjects at medieval universities taught first (followed by four others)–grammar, logic and rhetoric

      Since they were the basic curriculum, not the advanced one, they were “trivial”

      It was, though, indeed a play on tri via, three roads.

      (The other, latter four liberal arts were the quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.)

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  3. Too short:

    An L.A. recording session ground to a halt yesterday when an oboe player, who was constantly sucking on her reed to keep it moist during rests and between takes, inadvertently inhaled and swallowed it.

    The conductor immediately called 911 and asked what he should do.

    The operator told him, “Use muted trumpet instead.”


    A father was buying bass lessons for his son.

    The 1st week the father asked him what he had learned….

    The son said, “On my 1st lesson we learned about the E string.”

    The 2nd week came, and went, and after the lesson the father asked his son what had he learned that week….

    The son said, “On my 2nd lesson I learned about the A string.”

    The 3rd passed and the father said to his son “You know these are expensive lessons. What have you learned this week?”

    The son replied, “I quit the lessons — I’ve already got a gig.”


  4. A guy walks into the doctor’s office and says, “Doc, I haven’t had a bowel movement in a week!” The doctor gives him a prescription for a mild laxative and tells him, “If it doesn’t work, let me know.”

    A week later the guy is back: “Doc, still no movement!”

    The doctor says, “Hmm, guess you need something stronger,” and prescribes a powerful laxative.

    Still another week later the poor guy is back: “Doc, STILL nothing!”

    The doctor, worried, says, “We’d better get some more information about you to try to figure out what’s going on. What do you do for a living?”

    “I’m a musician, I play the guitar.”

    The doctor looks up and says, “Well, that’s it! Here’s $10.00. Go get something to eat!”


  5. A married couple hit a rough patch, so they book to see a relationship counsellor. The counsellor tries a few therapy techniques, but nothing works, it’s like talking to two brick walls. Finally, he picks up a bass guitar and starts to play, simple at first, then gradually more and more intricate. The couple look at each other while he’s playing, not sure what’s going on, then they break the ice, and start opening up to each other. After a while, they’d turned a corner and started to feel better. The counsellor finished playing, and put down the bass.

    As they were wrapping up the appointment, the couple thanked the counsellor, but asked him why on earth he picked up the bass halfway through their session.

    “Everyone talks during the bass solo.”

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  6. A guy walks into a store, walks up to the counter and says ” I would like a set of nylon strings, a set of steel strings, a loop pedal and 3 picks please.”

    The owner says ” You’re a fucking drummer aren’t you?”

    “No, no, I’m a guitarist!”

    “You’re a fucking drummer!”

    “How did you know?” said the drummer hanging his head in shame

    “This is a fucking dry cleaners”

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