Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Weekly Wordplay June 5 '17

WORDPLAY post #55
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post













HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3



HOT LINK: See the entire collection of Magical Palindromes


HOT LINK to the Anagram Sister Cities Initiative - complete collection







The COVFEFE

WORDPLAY post #54
A PUBLIC DEBATE, based on recent breaking Twitter-news




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/31/what-is-covfefe-donald-trump-baffles-twitter-post



Please contribute your ideas.




Caller #1: 

The "COVFEFE" is a new dance sensation, performed spontaneously on a golf course, to express exuberant belief in "America First".


Caller #2:

I'm not sure exactly what it entails, but there is reason and hope to believe it is a new secret weapon for use against the liberal media and fake news.


Spicer thought we should best play it safe, eh?
(Covert intel was leaked by “El Jefe”)
"Constant negative press"?
We can clean up that mess
With a weapon Vlad calls “the covfefe”. 


Caller #3:

" I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians", Hillary Clinton.

Caller #4:

Here's a great parody-song giving the scoop on this development.
 http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/abba38.shtml

Caller #5:
Great column on this important topic in the Washington Post by Barton Swaim. "If we're laughing at 'covfefe', things must not be so bad after all."

Caller #6:
Recently obeserved bumper-sticker ...
"Elect a clown
Expect a circus"

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Inspiration for Word-Buffs: Funky-Named Places Where Real Canadians Live

WORDPLAY post #53
CARTOGRAPHY involving Canadian cities, towns and hamlets - real places where Canadians live. These NAMES were selected from thousands of such geographic identifiers because of their funkiness, i.e. amusing nature, based on implied or speculative meaning of the shorter English (and French words) comprising the geographic identifiers. The aim was to provide a set of REAL placenames, to which IMAGINARY PLACENAME SETS, concocted by the author, could be compared. 
DATA, MAPS and GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION COMPILED: by Giorgio Coniglio, May 2017.


EXPLANATORY NOTES
A number of previous posts on this blog involve anagram-based wordplay which could be called Canadian Creative Cartography. If interested, you might take a look at these other posts that use geographic and lexicographic tools in the pursuit of structured meaninglessness.
post #33: "Collaboration between Johnny Cash..." Anagrams of 
P-A-L-I-N-D-R-O-M-E-S.  
post #38: "Surprisingly High Approval Rates..." Anagrams of 
R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N-S.
post #51: "Canadians Support IMPEACHMENT, Too." Anagrams of 
I-M-P-E-A-C-H-M-E-N-T.
An important observation made in developing these sets of fantasy place-names, despite the constraints imposed by the wordplay rules, was their similarity to real (or as we Canadians frequently say "actual") places. 

CRITERIA for SELECTION
So, here were the criteria which we used to select these REAL place-names from among the tens of thousands of possibilities.

1. A degree of funkiness achieved by unusual or unexpected incorporation of real words in English (or sometimes in French, with translation shown in italics, e.g. Crapaud PE toad). Names derived from surnames or old world geographic designations were usually avoided.
2. An entry in Wikipedia was available to confirm the existence of the place as a currently-inhabited (year-round) entity. On each of the 4 maps of "towns and hamlets (villages)" the linkable status with articles in Wikipedia is shown by underlining. I regret that the links are not active in the jpeg-formatted slides, but you can copy/enter them in the blog search-bar at the top of the page. 
3. The current population could be construed to be greater than 50. Wikipedia entries, national census data, and provincial demographic sites were used for verification. Ghost-towns, e.g. Snag YT, although of historical interest, were excluded.  Intriguing geographic names, unaligned to a human settlement, e.g. Crotch Lake ON, were noted but not included. Many compelling place-names e.g. Stoner BC and Congress AB, were omitted as their current population was too low or could not be confirmed. Unfortunately, the Maritime Provinces (NB, PE and NS) are notorious in having only stub entries in Wikipedia for unincorporated villages; these do not provide population figures, so dozens of such sites had to be bypassed for our purposes. 
4. Out of respect, First Nations reserves and settlements were excluded. Many of these places have names in English or French that, although extant, were based on misconstrued or misrecorded designations. Interested readers may find a number of relevant websites, e.g. List of Indian Reserves in Canada - Wikipedia
5.  With population growth and a wave of restructuring in the last few decades, many established dwelling-places have been amalgamated recently into adjacent urban agglomerations or "rural municipalities"; their current political status may vary from quasi-independent to totally merged. Such place-names where relevant have been designated by an asterisk (*).   

REFERENCES:
2) "Unusual Canadian Place Names" Canada Kick Ass, 2005.
3) "Canada 2011 Census" Wikipedia.







































Saturday, 27 May 2017

Weekly Wordplay May 29 '17

WORDPLAY post #52
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post













HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3




HOT LINK: See the entire collection of Magical Palindromes


HOT LINK to the Anagram Sister Cities Initiative - complete collection





Sunday, 21 May 2017

Canadians Support IMPEACHMENT, Too !!!

WORDPLAY post #51
CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHY involving anagrams. This post relates to the solution of wordplay puzzle #3. Approximately 110 anagram-towns in the United States dispersed in 16 states of the USA serve as solutions to the puzzle (See Post #48)
PUZZLE COMPOSED: by Giorgio Coniglio, April 2017.
SONGLINK: A masterful parody song posted on AmIRight by my good friend Phil Alexander can be found here. The song "Impeachment Seems to Be the Hardest Word" is based on an Elton John original.
NEWS UPDATE May 29:




















FOLLOW-UP NOTE: 

To Canucks and other readers: 
I hope you enjoyed this quasi-political nonsense, which I have characterized by the term Canadian Creative Cartography. If so, you might take a look at these other posts that use the same geographic and lexicographic tools in the pursuit of meaninglessness.
post #33: "Collaboration between Johnny Cash..." Anagrams of 
P-A-L-I-N-D-R-O-M-E-S.  
post #38: "Surprisingly High Approval Rates..." Anagrams of 
R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N-S





Weekly Wordplay May 22 '17

WORDPLAY post #50
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post















HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3


HOT LINK: See the entire collection of Magical Palindromes



HOT LINK to the Anagram Sister Cities Initiative - complete collection








Thursday, 11 May 2017

Weekly Wordplay May 15 '17

WORDPLAY post #49
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post










HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3


HOT LINK: See the entire collection of Magical Palindromes





HOT LINK to the Anagram Sister Cities Initiative - complete collection








Disloyal States: Anagram-Towns in Maine (ME) and 15 Other States Support IMPEACHMENT (CA,CT,HI,IA,IN,MA,MI,MN,MT,NE,NC,NH,NM,PA,TN)

WORDPLAY post #48


UPDATE: May 29, 2017. See linked newstory.


CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHY involving anagrams. This post relates to the solution of wordplay puzzle #3. Approximately 110 anagram-towns dispersed in 16 states serve as solutions to the puzzle. 
PUZZLE COMPOSED: by Giorgio Coniglio, April 2017.
SONGLINK: A masterful parody song posted on AmIRight by my good friend Phil Alexander can be found here. The song "Impeachment Seems to Be the Hardest Word" is based on an Elton John original. 

FOLLOW-UP NOTE:  For those interested, a Canadian version of this collection was subsequently composed . For "Canadians Support Impeachment, Too !!!", post #51, click here.


Support For I-M-P-E-A-C-H-M-E-N-T





































































Weekly Wordplay May 8 '17

WORDPLAY post #47
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post











HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3




HOT LINK: See the entire collection of Magical Palindromes







HOT LINK to the Anagram Sister Cities Initiative - complete collection