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The Holy Grail Press is dedicated to promoting work that standard publishers... you know, those with standards, might be reluctant to publish, which pretty much leaves poetry.  And let's face it:  No one publishes poetry.  So in the end, we’re left with a lot of free time.

 

 

 

Word of the Every So Often 

September 18, 2020

bourse:  (noun)  (rhymes with "horse")  a stock market in a non-English speaking country, especially France.  The price of a horse has risen on the bourse.

 

 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

One Fine Day in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Deep in the Woods of British Columbia

Richard: There! Mark it down, my good man. A new species of bird! I think I'll call it a Tit.

Peter: And a fine name, Sir Richard. But what kind of tit?

Richard: And right you are, Peter. Bloody well done. There can be lots of different kinds of tits. And when we run out of tits, we can call them Boobies!

Peter: Brilliant! But what shall we call this one?

Richard: It was in the bush, so I say it's a Bushtit. Now doesn't that just make you giggle. Like the Dickcissel. Now there's a silly name. After all, it's not a truly good name if it's not just a bit silly, too, now, is it? Now let's be off, and if we're really lucky, we'll find a pecker or two before nightfall.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Grammar Alive!

Good evening, my name is Alistar Riley, and this is Grammar Alive!  The show that seeks each night to challenge its viewers with not only what is right, but what is also grammatically correct.  Tonight we tackle what some have called the most tragic miss-use of the English language since “gate” was deemed a suffix.  And that of which I speak is none other than the miss-use of the word “fact.”  Our first guest is Doctor Cranston Edelfice, editor of the very popular Dictionary of Every Word Ever Said And Why You Shouldn’t.  Tell me, Doctor Edelfice, and may I assume that we are not speaking in terms of a medical degree?  Very well.  Tell me Doctor Edelfice, just why is it that you’re getting so bloody agitated over the misuse of the word “fact”?

Well, Alistar, if it mayn’t be too presumptuous of me to call someone by his first name who has yet to receive his doctorate?  Very well, then.  You see, it’s a fact that people are using this word without even thinking about it.  And words without thought... what’s the point of that?  Take my previous example.  I stated that it is a fact that people are misusing the word “fact.”  Of course it’s a fact.  If it exists, it is a fact.  A rather pointless use of the word, I would say.    And then, of course, is the phrase, “It is a known fact.”  What other kind of facts are there?  A lot of good unknown facts are going to do anybody.

I’m sorry, Sir Edelfice, if it may not be presumptuous to call somebody by a term of nobility that is based solely on land, but are you saying that unknown facts cannot exist?

Certainly not, A.R., if it may not be presumptuous of me to call somebody by his first initials because he’s not man enough to tell me to my face if he didn’t.  It exists on the same continuum as known facts.  If they’re unknown facts, they remain facts just the same.  Whether the adjectival modifier negates or confirms matters little.  It is still nothing more than a modifier and it doesn’t change the condition of the noun.

Well you ignorant polymorphatic abstraction, if it’s not presumptuous of me to openly insult you because there’s no one in the entire educated community who would take your side unless a bottle of very fine Scotch were involved in the transaction.  But isn’t that the precise intention of modifiers, to change the condition of the noun?

You know, Crany, if it may not be presumptuous of me to reduce your name to nonsense because it so much better suits your personality, I say the hell with this and we go open that bottle of Scotch I’ve been saving for just such an occasion.  This is Grammar Alive! and we’ll be back after the break with Dr. Hortland Howl, whom, it is a well known fact, is the world’s leading authority on semi-colons, and author of the nearly best-selling novel, Semi-Colon of Desire.  Stay tuned, why don’t you?

9:54 am pdt 

Monday, September 14, 2020

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Bum Steer 

8:09 am pdt 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day began sometime in the prehistory before 2002, when two guys, John “Ol’ Chumbuucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers, really for no good reason, began talking like pirates.  And if they can talk like pirates, then why not everybody?  Or just enough people to make it profitable.  So they came up with International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.  The 19th was Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, and since he really didn’t have much use for that date anymore anyway, it just seemed appropriate.  Then, in 2002, author and self-proclaimed guy Dave Berry mentioned Talk Like a Pirate Day in his nationally syndicated column.  From that point on, we’ve been stuck with the holiday.

So plug your bung hole you lubber, and fetch the brass monkey before its balls freeze off, or you’ll join Davy Jones after paying ye dues to Jack Ketch!  Aye!  There’ll be no booty for ye!  Arrr!

Translated:  Put a cork in the rum barrel, you person who prefers land, and bring in the cannon ball holder before the cold weather causes the brass to contract, which would cause the cannon balls to fall off, or we’ll throw your dead body off the side of the ship after you’ve been hanged by the hangman, and you can forget any cut of the plunder.  Pardon me while I clear my throat.

 

Plundered From

Baur, John “Ol’ Chumbucket,” and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers.  Well Blow Me Down!  A Guy’s Guide to Talking Like a Pirate.  2004, The Pirate Guys, LLC.

10:51 am pdt 

History of the Future:  The Passing of Political Parties

Political parties officially ended in the United States of America on Tuesday, November 5th, 2058, when Leonard K. Bullfinch III won the Presidential election by only eleven votes.  The election, however, was considered a landslide, since only 17 total votes were cast.  President-elect Bullfinch then didn’t even bother to show up for the Inauguration, which most major networks had already decided not to cover, even if he had.  Said Bullfinch, “Really, there didn’t seem to be much point in it.”

Perhaps one contemporary historian summed it up best when he stated, “We just got tired.  We all just sorta asked at the same time why we were always arguing over the same things no matter who was in power.  It was kinda like war.  I mean, if war really works, why do we keep having them?  Besides, it had been nearly 24 years since any major broadcast network had shown anything other than a campaign commercial.”

To nobody’s concern, the government continued on just the same.  Everyday business just seemed to get done, and whenever anything really big came along, it was argued over and voted on by whomever happened to show up at the time, which turned out to be pretty much the exact same kinds of people who were there before, only now they didn’t need to be paid.

As always, America’s government was just as incomprehensible as it ever was to every other country in the world.  Only now, it was equally incomprehensible to Americans as well.  “And that,” said one citizen, “is a comforting thing.”

10:50 am pdt 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

History of the Future:  Gluten-Free Gluten

On March 20, 2028, Franz Josef Von Spekelburgenstein was awarded a patent for Gluten-Free Gluten, a substance that he marketed under the trade name “Taste Again.”  Said Von Spekelburgenstein, “It’s a gluten-free gluten that allows you to eat everything with gluten in it, but still be smug about it.”

 

Less than a year later, on February 7, 2029, Gluten-Free Gluten-Free was introduced for those “who wanted to be sure.”  Sold primarily in health food stores under various trade names, it was said to neutralize any of the reported side-effects from Gluten-Free Gluten that might’ve inadvertently been introduced into your food.

 

This was soon followed by Freer Gluten-Free Gluten,  Freer Than Free Gluten-Free Gluten, and Free the Gluten Five.

 

However, by the end of the fourth quarter in 2032, it was reported that every company that had been marketing gluten and gluten-free additives had gone out of business.  As well, demand for all gluten-free substances had all but disappeared.  Said one consumer, “It’s not that we still don’t care.  We just got confused.”

7:42 am pdt 


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