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Stefan Linnemann
1211320.  Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:35 am Reply with quote

Wanna security blanket.

1211343.  Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:00 pm Reply with quote

US duvets, comforters and blankets.
Shoulda woulda coulda
1247048.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:45 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
To widespread delight and astonishment, eggshaped revealed on Twitter that the original meaning of the word pixilated is 'led astray by the pixies'.

The OED derives it from pixie-lated (ie 'pixified') and defines it as meaning 'mildly insane; fey; whimsical; bewildered; confused; intoxicated; tipsy'.

Strangely, no one knows where the word 'pixie' itself comes from.

It first appeared in print in Devon is about 1630, closely followed (in 1659) by pixy-led.

The word pixilated isn't found in print until 1848 (as 'pix-e-lated').

The word pixel - meaning one of the little dots on a TV screen is of course much more recent. It's a slangy abbreviation for 'picture element' and first made print in Science magazine in 1969.

The commonest modern meaning of 'pixilated' (or, perhaps more logically, 'pixelated') describes that 'zoomed-in' look on a TV screen where individual pixels (whether accidentally or for effect) are visible. Oddly enough, the OED doesn't cite this meaning at all, which just goes to show that even they aren't right about everything all of the time.

Apart from the meaning given above, the OED defines 'pixilated' as 'Of an actor, having movements animated by the pixilation technique'.

Pixilation (1947) is given as meaning 'A technique used in theatrical or cinematographic productions, whereby human characters move or appear to move as if artificially produced'.

Apparently, this rather specialized effect is achieved with a stop-frame camera.

In fact the stop-motion technique can be directly related to the original meaning of the term. In the 1950s a short American experimental film called 'Neighbors' was released whose human cast moved via stop-motion. One of the actors coined the word 'pixilation' to describe the technique, meaning movement similar to pixies i.e. 'mad' or 'zany'.
1247049.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:55 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Other candidates suggested by qikipedia followers in date order, include:

JFK (assassinated, 1963)
Lee Harvey Oswald (ditto)
Donald Campbell (powerboat crash, 1967)
Christine Chubbuck (US newsanchor, suicide, 1974)
Ayrton Senna (Brazilian Grand Prix Driver, car crash, 1994)
Owen Hart (Canadian wrestler, fell from rafters in stadium, 1999)
Dale Earnhardt (US Nascar driver, crash, 2001)
Marc-Vivien Fo (Cameroonian footballer, heart attack, 2003 died in hosp later)
Benazir Bhutto (assassinated, 2007)
MN Vijayan (Indian professor, heart attack, 3 Oct 2007)
Fernando Castro (Colombian Congressman, heart attack, 7 May 2008)

The last two answers were particularly close to the mark.

Don't forget the murder of Japanese socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma. He was stabbed to death live on Japanese TV on 12 October 1960 by a youth carrying a traditional sword.

Stefan Linnemann
1247054.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:07 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
So Anna and I have been arguing about this for a few weeks. I'm a wizened of cynic and so, of course, think it's untrue. She thinks the OED may be being a bit cautious.

I think her point is that while there was a word blanket, it referred to any white cloth, the modern meaning of the word blanket was taken from this by a guy who was known locally as Mr Blanket due to his association with the cloth.

We've been able to trace it back to a Bristolian historian called Samuel Seyer (1757-1831) but no further.

My point is when an etymology sounds too good to be true it almost always is.

That's rather a blanket statement.

(Only just noticed the quoted post. Sorry. Naughty step, I know...)

1304787.  Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:49 am Reply with quote


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