Wednesday, December 26, 2012

99.9 percent principle

What is the 99.9 percent principle in Ratology?

99.9 percent of the times I have no idea what the heck is coming out of my mouth and I acknowledge it so very profusely in my own writing so far. 8-O lol

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

KISS principle

Coined by Kelly Johnson, "Keep it simple, stupid."

Though useful in design, beneficial to life.

Monday, May 28, 2012

ㄍㄨㄢ ㄕㄨㄛ

Don't know why I though the 說 in 關說 should be a 破音字... instead of sounding like ㄍㄨㄢ ㄕㄨㄛ  [guan shuo] ... I thought it should sound like ㄍㄨㄢ ㄕㄨㄟˋ [guan shui].

Apparently, according to this dictionary, something's wrong with my memory (like I don't know that something's wrong with my memory 8-O lol).

Almost like the a delusion, I believe that I was once taught it to be ㄍㄨㄢ ㄕㄨㄟˋ.

How does it matter anyways?

So I see in the contemporary dictionary maintained by the Department of Education.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

ㄉㄢˋ 定紅茶

They were talking about this story of "ㄉㄢˋ 定紅茶“ in the office the other day... a story about breaking up.  Sort of.

When they first mentioned "ㄉㄢˋ 定紅茶“, I thought it was a new flavor of bubble tea kinda stuff--

蛋定紅茶- black tea solidi-zed with eggs... turning it sort of like Flan or egg pudding... 

Ended up, my mental model of  ㄉㄢˋ 定 is not their mental model of ㄉㄢˋ 定.... or ㄉㄢˋ 定非ㄉㄢˋ 定。 8-O lol

The ㄉㄢˋ 定 they were speaking of is 淡定- not my 蛋定.

Afterwards, the phrase 淡定 popped up left and right wherever I went... So I decided to google up some good definition 

What is 淡定?  Essentially, it means calm... so calm that even the sky collapsed right in front of you, you don't get affected.  Some said that it is a phrase used in China.

Would like to share with you this impressive definition provided by someone with mucho expertise in Chinese literature.... very impressive....


淡 定二字,看似輕鬆,境界頗高。紅塵滾滾,物欲橫流、肉欲橫流,欲望一起,猶如惹惱了瘋狗,追得人屁滾尿流。人生在世,難逃三個字:名、利、情。為其生,為 其死,為其追求一輩子。修行或者修煉,最忌諱的就是執著。執著,就很難看淡,所以也就無法“淡”,更是不能“定”得下來。














淡 定是形容詞,不是動詞,不是一個動作,不是一種方法。所以淡定不能直接解決你肚子餓的問題,不能直接阻止環境污染,不能……。但是,淡定能輔助和提升一種 方法,讓你在解決肚子餓的問題時、解決環境污染的問題時,解決任何問題時,提供給你一個正確的態度,和超人的勇氣、過人的力量…….,幫助你更好的解決問 題。因此,淡定,是我們做任何事前必不可少的心理準備。

正念 (Mindfulness)

This friend of mine posted something about he was learning to live life with 正念.

Interesting phrase that I have never seen before... 正念 as opposed to 不正念?

So I googled it up and realized  正念 in Chinese might be Mindfulness (awareness) in English... essentially being in the present... though I am still not quite sure what exactly it means to be in the present.

Monday, April 16, 2012


What is 規準 in English, especially in the reign of evaluation?

Criterion or criteria.

Essentially, you set up the evaluation criteria before moving on to define the indicators.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


評鑑指標 sounds really grand and scary.

Then, I realize... essentially, it means evaluation indicators in English. lol


Been reading about this terminology called 學校本位 as in 學校本位課程發展評鑑.

Sounds so... wow... grand.

All words are understood although the phrase sounds like Greek to me.

Then, in one of the paper, the author kindly provided the original English expression for this, I assume, translated term.

Also, 學校本位 means School-based and 學校本位評鑑 means school-based evaluation. #$%^&*


Friday, March 30, 2012

God bless

How would God Bless be a neologism in Ratology?

There are at least two ways to see God bless in Ratology...

Def. 1.  God bless as in the conventional sense of God bless.

Def. 2.  Ignorance is a bless.  God bless you, I or whoever with ignorance.   In other words, a more restricted kinda blessing.... 8-O lol

When do I use what?  Depends.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Sesquipedalian means the act of using a long word... polysyllabic.

"Sesqui" in Latin means one and a half.

"Pedis" as in pedal means foot...

One and a half foot is very long.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Following the logic of illocution, modality expresses the intent of the speaker or the speaker's degree of commitment to attributes of the expressed proposition.


In Latin locūtiō:the act of speaking, discourse; a way of speaking, especially shared by a subgroup of people;  an utterance, word, mode of expression.

The word loquī in latin means to speak.

Locution: a word, phrase, and speech; the style of speech.

Illocution: il- not; locution:word, phrase etc-->  Il-locution means "not" "words, phrases, etc."  Thus, illocution pertains not to the words, phrases, etc used but the aim or intent of the utterance.

Given the definitions... what is an illocutionary point?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lingua franca

Just learned today.  Lingua franca is a language used by people with different mother tongue.   For instance, English is the Lingua franca.

Apparently, the original lingua franca came up around Renaissance era.  It was a mixture of Italian (80%), French, Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Wow.. people in the old times are really polyglots.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Interlanguage- ratologism

Finally got down with the definition of "Interlanguage."

So, when someone tries to learn a second language, hypothetically, this interlanguage system gets created as the learner tries to get closer and closer to the form of the target language-- da second language.

The problem... experts say that you are out of luck if you start the process of really use da second language later than childhood...

Since I didn't start living in an all English setting till my early adulthood, guess I am entitled to da ratologism de moi? 8-O lol

Sunday, January 8, 2012

pneumocephalic and pneumocephalon

What do I mean when I use the word pneumocephalic? 

I made it up years back because I put pneumo (i.e., Air; gas) and cephalic (i.e. related to the brain) to represent this other concept called "air head."  An adjective it is.

Only to know later that there is a health condition called Pneumocephalus where there is presence of air or gas in patient's cranial cavity.  

Since pneumocephalus is a proper medical term and people do suffer from it, I did not have the audacity to use the word pneumocephalus when converting my "pneumocephalic" to a noun.  Instead, I chose to use the word pneumocephalon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012