Thursday, September 17, 2009

Postcard of the day

Feb. 9, 1942

Thanks for the nice L.L. The Sacramento one I have has No. 43890 on the back. Is yours different? If so please send it.

Yo' Pal,
Emaline Koslik

I know it sounds like they're writing in code, but I figured it out. Ms. Koslik and Mr. Arp were postcard collectors. "L.L." is postcard lingo for "large letter," as in "large letters with pictures in them," like the top card here. How meta--a postcard message about postcards.

Babylon is about 15 minutes away from where I live, BTW.

As usual, click to embiggen.


ChefNick said...

Embiggen? "Embiggen?"

I believe you have just coined a new word for Webster's, Collins, Lexibase and the dictionary of Chinese Buddhism combined!

That's going in my lexicon and unless you have plans to trademark it I'm going to use it all over the place.

"Please 'embiggen' my salad, there honey," . . . "Uhh, Boss, could you maybe embiggen my paycheck for next week? I've got to embiggen my standing with my partner by spending the weekend at a B & B.

"They're having an 'embiggening two for one' at the moment.

"Oh, waiter, could you embiggen my drink?"

Knatolee said...

ANd here I was, picturing somebody's prison uniform from a California jail, a nice orange number with 43890 emblazoned across the back.

I'm with Chef Nick. "Embiggen" is an awesome addition to our lexicon.

Jim Donahue said...

Two non-Simpsons watchers, I take it.

Sadly, I cannot take credit for it.

Per the Wikipedia entry for the episode entitled "Lisa the Iconoclast":

The episode features two newly-coined words: embiggen and cromulent.[2] The show runners asked the writers if they could come up with two words, which sounded like real words and these were what they came up with.[4] The Springfield town motto is "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." Schoolteacher Edna Krabappel comments that she never heard the word embiggens until she moved to Springfield. Miss Hoover, another teacher, replies, "I don’t know why; it’s a perfectly cromulent word." Later in the episode, while talking about Homer’s audition for the role of town crier, Principal Skinner states, "He's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance."