Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Amba, amba, you and your literary sense ;) the reason why we don't have "vl" as a phoneme in English is because of arbitrary phonemic rules, not because it's inherently unpronounceable. It's a perfectly good phoneme, so let's invite in into the language. I thought "blog" was a bit gross at first, but "vlog" is a fine coinage. It's short and displays its close link to blog in its name.

I think techies have a different sense of felicitous than literary folk.

Mr. Grouchypants

"Vlog" is such a bad term it makes my gulliver hurt. I dislike it so much that I'd like to find the grahzny bratchny that invented it and tolchock him right in the rot.


The term podcast really bothers me. It's an audio file. You don't need a pod to hear it.

And here's another ludite question: are you supposed to try to pronounce vlog as a one-syllable word, or is it vee-log?

Mr. Grouchypants

If we have to use the term, then the best pronunciation would be "vee-log". That sounds kinda like VJ, so it hearkens back the days when MTV was still sorta cool.


It also confuses matters, because we don't pronounce the word blog as bee-log. But that's another literary argument, regarding parallelism of terms.


I can't believe I'm going to break out with the Yakov Smirnoff reference, but here it goes,
In America, you watch vlog, but in Soviet Russia, vlog watches you!


Amba, from your own archived past, I give you "dramedy", "-- a dreadful word that sounds like it means a shot of Scotch taken to prevent seasickness while riding a camel."

And X, Yakov Smirnoff? Dude. I mean, really, DUDE. Let's let forgotten bad comedy mistakes stay safely forgotten....


Jeez, Ice, I couldn't have found that.


I just happened to be prowling your "Best of ..." and stumbled across it. The calm before the storm at work....

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