Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, March 25, 2005

sophistication redux...

In yet another global outbreak of sophistication, it's becoming very trendoid to use the word "redux" wherever and whenever possible. From what I can make out, its use identifies the user as a person who has a great aversion to speaking plainly. Such persons, I can only guess, affect this linguistic behaviour in order to expose and/or confound those who are
"not one of us, daaahhhling..."

Now, I'm clearly on the outer (having, over the years, failed every known test of sophistication), so I got sick of not having a clue, and I did a global Google using the phrase "what does redux mean". D'oh!

Only about ten people in the English speaking world have ever had the temerity to ask this question on websites which have allowed Google's spiders to crawl all over them. (yuck!!!)

From the results I distilled the following meanings:
A fancy-pants way of saying it's a redo, a do-over.

Brought back, revisited.

Indicates a repeat.

Actually it´s taken from the movie title "Apocalipse Now r.e.d.u.x", which stands for a remake / updated version.

Redux is the re-released version of Apocalypse Now with 40 minutes of additional footage that Francis Ford Coppola had to leave out of the original.
And so now you too can be one of us, daaahhhling...

Now, do be a good person and go away and look up the word "meretricious", daaahhhling...

17 Comments:

Blogger boynton said...

http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/dictionaries/difficultwords/

March 25, 2005 2:07 PM  
Blogger boynton said...

Er -whoops - somehow I posted that comment accidentally, so I've lost all claims to sophistication now!

Was just going to say that Redux has a nice ring to it, which is why some of us might have fallen into the habit of using it. That's my excuse anyway...

And yes - I looked up meretricious and found myself at that dictionary that I linked to in my first comment - or here (the redux) ...
I've added it to favourites. Looks like it could be quite useful.

March 25, 2005 2:18 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ah, boynton, boynton, boynton...

Anyone who posts commnets here loses all claims to sophistication anyway, doncha no...

"Abandon all hope ye who enter here..."

With regard to meretriciousness, I would have to say that the blogosphere considers it almost de rigueur... but you knew that...

And I do it so well, non? But you know it's not really moi..

Thank you for honoring this blog by dropping by.

March 25, 2005 3:30 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

I want to honour you too...
:)

Tried Boynton's dictionary link but it didn't show a result for "redux". I don't know what this means. Is it not a difficult word, or does it not exist?

Don't care anyway. I didn't know what it meant before, and now I do. Thanks.

March 25, 2005 6:00 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

dierdre, I'm honoured... :-)

Perhaps you should have typed "redux" a second time. The you would have had a redux redux. Now that DOES have a nice ring to it...

March 25, 2005 11:04 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Your blog's looking swish, btw. Good job.

March 26, 2005 10:58 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ta. I actually tried to do the posts in the same colour as yours but for some reason I can't get that pale yellow to happen. I think its hash fff, but when I use that code the background stays white. Tragic. :-(

March 27, 2005 12:57 AM  
Blogger Brownie said...

John (trendy 1960's author) Updike's novel Rabbit Redux was a sequel to his earlier one which title I cannot recall.

March 29, 2005 12:47 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

So, brownie, you're saying the word redux is not new. Is it Latin? My partner gave her Latin dictionary to her father a few years ago, and I never had one, what with not having gone to a private school and all that...

I know... I know...

I'm just an ex-grunt and a failed buddhist you know...

Hey! (lightbulb) Re-incarnation... Is that life redux?

March 29, 2005 7:55 AM  
Blogger Brownie said...

Latin!? grammar schools?! nope. govt high school dropout. only latin I know is cops and the queen - tenez le droit and honi soi qui mal y pense, e pluribus unum from US money.
anyhow, in the kitchen, a reduction is where you boil a sauce till the liquid reduces and intensifies as a result - distillation if you will. RE Apocalypse Now - check our local gangster site - (it's linked on my page) http://melbunderworld.blogspot.com/
start with their premiere posting exactly one year ago - they are obsessed with Kurtz and also with Keyser Sozes . . .

March 29, 2005 1:33 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Brownie, yeah, that website is something else. I went and hired the redux version and have watched it once already. It's a weekly so I'll watch it again at least once before returning it.

A lot about this film is authentic (just not the storyline) and so it brought back lots of memories.

I get pretty angry. Like, how dare they send naive, trusting, believing soldiers to such senseless war. What a criminal misuse of loyalty and courage.

This current mob are no different. I'd like to grab Howard and Downer and drag them by the cowardly scruffs of their privileged necks into a currently hot war zone, expose them to some real action, not those sheltered puppy-walk visits they do, and not let them out of there until they're gibbering, mumbling, pleading wrecks of their former psyches, and then chuck them into a PTSD clinic to "get better", and then see what they've got to say about the necessity to go and commit mass murder on behalf of Big Business and Yankee Imperialism.

The c*nts!!!!!!!!!!! Grrrrrrr...

God those bastards piss me off!!!!!

HOW DARE THEY !!! HOW DARE THEY !!!

March 30, 2005 5:28 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Umm, Gerry? The pale yellow is #ffe. I think the one you've got at the moment looks good anyway.

March 30, 2005 8:24 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Deirdre, thanks for that. I do like the softer yellow much better.

You wouldn't have a link to a palette which uses this colour would you?

March 30, 2005 8:46 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Ooo, new comment thing...

I don't know of a palette with that colour (don't actually know what you mean by palette, sorry) but this thing is fun to play with:

ColorMatch 5K

(only works with IE but has links to other versions)

March 31, 2005 3:21 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Deirdre, thanks, I 'll check it out.

A palette (in this context) is a website which as a whole heap of colours with their codes.
I think I know what I need to do anyway. I've been using a "browser-safe palette" called Annabella's, and what I should do is surf for non "browser safe" palettes. You can find out what browser safe colours are at Annabella's.

March 31, 2005 6:37 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Very handy link. Thanks.

April 01, 2005 3:34 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Actually, deidre, I think your link (colormatch) is by far the handier.

I used it to get the new colours for this blog. I'm no expert, but it seems only people with pooters limited to only 256 colours willl have a bit of a problem and these pooters are so rare these days, I say phuckem. cruel I know, but, as the Terry Schiavo debacle showed, life's cruel.

April 01, 2005 8:28 AM  

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