Four Green Squares

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Two things January 20, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — FourGreenSquares @ 8:47 pm

And only two things because Clarion application season is here again:

(1) In the 2.5 years since Clarion, I have written more than in the entire preceding decade.

(2) This is, from what I understand, not at all an unusual reaction.

Clarion. Because who needs sleep?


I am sure this makes sense somewhere March 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — FourGreenSquares @ 1:16 pm

I do like living in England as an expat. I love puzzling out all the subtleties behind the various idioms and sayings. But the distinction between “bleedin'” and “bloody” has me a bit mystified.

“Bloody” is a good, all purpose exclamation – an adjective, an adverb, can even be a noun in a pinch. It is certainly not polite but not particularly risqué; a bus company recently touted itself on billboards as a “bloody good bus company” so it’s not something people would start write-in campaigns to complain about.

But there are people who think “bloody” is too vituperative yet find “bleedin'” a more temperate alternative.

I admit to not understanding this logic. If they can find exsanguination acceptable for the expression of mild personal displeasure, why shy away when the floors end up awash with the logical outcome? Personally, I find the actual act of bloodletting more vulgar. But then again, I am not English. I will trust that there is cultural logic at work, even if the etymology baffles.


Not another blog, I promise March 17, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — FourGreenSquares @ 2:14 pm

Just another Saturday night here at Green Squares HQ, so I was sitting on the sofa fending cats off my nachos. To distract myself from that whirlwind of excitement, I decided to engage in a bit of favorites pruning.  And then came the realisation: I have how many blogs?

So, of course, my solution involved creation of yet another blog.  The grand idea (there’s always a grand idea) being that I will consolidate all those old, wayward blogs into this alluringly empty one.

So I apologise for any repeats but promise that the new content will start soon. As in the next post, just because…