A few excerpts from Geek and Poke related to the life of coders, testers, project management and simplifying the logic of some basic principles such as ‘Hell0 World’ !
Another post in last 24 hours which leaves me wondering from where I can gather so much spare time from amidst such a busy work schedule. I googled myself today morning and found an interesting explanation regarding a directly propotional relationship between my profession and time.
Now if you are already working on computers busy having piles of code to execute or developing a website or hacking into servers, you can categorize yourself where actually you can gather such free time from. Damn, I gotto work now but hey,my code is still compliling…what the heck,let’s grab a beer!!
I was all tangled up with the series of cables connecting microcontroller units and embedded modules today morning while trying to understand the concepts of API (Application Programming Interface) to integrate a control unit into a network when suddenly on experiencing a glitch in a piece of code on which I have been working upon, I uttered unknowingly, ”Dude, Wtf is this shit ??’
To take a break and get some more caffeine concentration running in my nerves, when I got up to grab a cup of Cappuccino, I bumped across one of the many interesting geek webcomics which have been placed at random locations and notice boards in office premises. This one was quite interesting stating about the only valid measurement of a code quality.
So now I have set a measurement criterio to actually analyse the quality of my code. Coincidently ‘WTF’ has been getting a grip over me since yesterday when I noticed my manager wearing a black T-Shirt with the slogan ‘WTF ??’ !! I was quite surprised when I came across him wearing such such a T-Shirt in the office premises but straightaway I passed him a compliment : ‘ Nice T-Shirt Boss’ . He started laughing and replied, ‘When I bought this T-shirt I didn’t know actually what is the meaning of Wtf’ !!’ Are you kidding me ?? Atleast now this gives me freedom to wear my binary finger T-Shirt at work and say I know how to count only in decimals !!
One such word which is counfounding many people is ‘Malamanteau‘. There are many reasons why new words are created, but “malamanteau” is unique. Malamanteau is an extremely cromulent word. ‘Malamanteau’ has left even financial industry creative types and English professors both saying “Huh?”
According to XKCD webcomic, ‘A malamanteau is a neologism for a portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with a neologism. It is itself a portmanteau of malapropism and neologism (of malapropism and portmanteau). In a less strict definition, a portmanteau of a malapropism with another word can also be considered a malamanteau’. Confused?? The definition of malamanteau makes a lot more sense when you break down the basic parts of the definition. Ok, let me break it down into simpler pieces:
Neologism: A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.
Portmanteau: A portmanteau is used to describe a linguistic blend, namely a word formed by blending sounds from two or more distinct words and combining their meanings in one new word. In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph which represents two or more morphemes.
Malapropism: Malapropism means to use a word in place of another word that makes the same sound, but doesn’t deliver an appropriate meaning, for example, odorous for odious, comprehended for apprehended, auspicious for suspicious and benefactors for malefactors. All these are Malapropos of each other.
Hence, combining the definitions of the above defined words, malamanteau is a portmanteau of portmanteau and Malapropism, whereas malamanteau is also a Malapropos of portmanteau.
- Somebody describes his misunderstanding of what someone was saying by stating, “I misconscrewed it up.”
- Someone explains his inability to talk while being upset by saying he was “flustrated.”
- George W. Bush’s inadvertent malamanteau “misunderestimated” has entered common usage.
- Someone describes being misinformed as “being miscommunicado”, a mixture of miscommunicate and incommunicado.
- Every time you say, Malamanteau, God kills a Wikipedia editor.
- If you say a malamanteau three times in a row, Bloody Malamary will appear and link you to the Wikipedia page on portmanteaus.
- Bloody Malamary wears a Mala Manteau jacket, and enjoys sandwiches made with a specific mix of marmalade and marmite, known as Pacifimite.
- During 2010, investigators managed to make significant breakthroughs in their attempts to track down and apprehend Bloody Malamary, due to reference information about malamanteaus that was published on Wikipedia.
The wikipedia page for such a word doesn’t exist and redirects the reader to the XKCD webcomic page at Wiki. Wanna try, google Malamanteau !!