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“Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves”*…

 

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The “chunk” of a cash register, the “click-click” of a rotary dial phone, the “clacking” of a manual typewriter– these and 8 other nostalgic noises at Mental Floss’ “11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard.”

* Lewis Carroll

 

As we wonder where we put that electric can opener, we might send iconoclastic birthday wishes to Samuel Butler, the Victorian, novelist, painter, essayist, and translator was born on this date in 1835.  Butler is probably best remembered for the satire Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical The Way of All Flesh; but he also wrote influentially on evolutionary theory, Christian dogma, Italian art, and literary history.  His translations of The Illiad and The Odyssey are still in use.  And he was no mean turner of the epigrammatic phrase…

“There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that ever” individual is more or less an exception to the general rule.”

“A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.”

“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.”

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Written by LW

December 4, 2011 at 1:01 am

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