I love Stephen Fry and I love etymology, so there was a good bit for me to love, here. The overall package was a little lacking, though. The basic fo..Show More »rmat is to take puns, metaphors, cliches, and quotes and to discuss them as four separate subjects. The "puns" and "quotes" episodes bring up a lot of interesting points about why puns are funny and what makes a good quote, and the "metaphor" episode makes an interesting point about metaphors being a birthing ground for new language; but, on the other hand, the metaphor episode seems poorly edited (ending really abruptly) and full of conjecture and the cliche episode could have probably been cut with no significant loss. My final take is that Fry fans and linguophiles especially should check it out and most interested in playing around with language will enjoy at least one of the four episodes.
According to your dissertation, The Qwerty Key Board was styled to slow people down, as Remmington, yes the same company who made guns, needed to manu..Show More »facture something in non-war times, made type writers whose striking keys would over lap and become entangled. On that I believe sir, you and your researchers are indeed correct. However exactly where you came up with a Mr Qwerty Is beyond realms of falling down laughing. You see, IF as you purpose, he designed the keyboard to slow us down, isn't it a stretch of ones imagination he ALSO, just happened to include the full spelling of his name in the upper left side of the Keyboard? Seriously, I'm begging you please read the letters on the top row, left to right. It spells QWERTY. If, as your program states, the placement of the letter T, was so important, as with all the letters, how is it his last name appears correctly spelled. Did Wikipedia fool us all? Or did he?