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Things I said, heard, or thought today

“Do not log out of your computers until Steve says!”

Knarled might be an archaic spelling for gnarled, but it’s probably not. I think the poet made it up. But it’s not unwarranted, since the root for gnarl and knot is the same.”

“Another day, another 99 cents. Another day, another 99 cents.”

Was there ever a time when a tract ministry actually counted as ministry?

“Now that’s out of the way.”

“I think I can tell you that we’re not interviewing anyone else.”

Flying in the air is not okay. Flying and Flying with grass and Circling is.”

Is it common that adultery is often in plain sight, but when we see it, we refuse to see it for what it is?



because i am prone to write things with k… like knappies, when they should be nappies…


knappy knarled and knobby all appear to mean knotted

but i have to appeal first to Webster’s 11th Collegiate, which doesn’t have it at all, and I don’t have ready access to an OED. But I hadn’t seen this ref—partly because I didn’t do a very thorough search….

OED does have it as a variant… but gnarled is the older and more common spelling

OED 2nd edition says:

gnarl nal, sb.1 [Back-formation from gnarled. A sb. knarle knot (of hair), occurs early in 17th c. ] A contorted knotty protuberance, esp. on a tree.

OED at Oxford says
Also 9 knarled.

Of a tree: Covered with protuberances; distorted, twisted; rugged, knotted.

1603 SHAKES. Meas. for M. II. ii. 116 Thy sharpe and sulpherous bolt Splits the vn-wedgable and gnarled Oke. 1803 LEYDEN Scenes of Infancy I. 224 Bare are the boughs, the knarled roots uptorn. 1816 SHELLEY Alastor 382 The gnarled roots Of mighty trees. 1839-40 W. IRVING Wolfert’s R. (1855) 15 Its orchard of gnarled and sprawling apple-trees. 1847-8 H. MILLER First Impr. ix. (1857) 145 Old gnarled stems of ivy wind, snake-like round the..trunks. 1871 R. ELLIS tr. Catullus lxiv. 107 When as his huge gnarled trunk in furious eddies a whirlwind Riving wresteth amain.
transf. and fig. 1821-30 LD. COCKBURN Mem. vi. (1874) 293 His drawn bayonet in his large gnarled hand. 1851 CARLYLE Sterling I. ii. (1872) 7 That wild-wooded rocky coast, with its gnarled mountains. 1871 SMILES Charac. viii. (1876) 219 The great gnarled man [Luther] had a heart as tender as a woman’s.