Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 383. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-01-25 17:11:48+00:00 From: David Hoover
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.380: humour? I can't resist passing along a piece of groanfull humor I ran across back in the days of the 2000 US presidential election catastrophe. I was asked by CBS news to research the etymology/meaning of "chad" (hanging or not). It probably comes from a Scottish word meaning gravel, but the acronym etymology, "card hole aggregate debris" was fun, if almost certainly erroneous, as most acronym etymologies are. In my research I came across a fascinating rock band called "Chad Hollerith and the Perferations." You can read about them here: http://www.hhhh.org/music/chad.html. Enjoy, David Hoover On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 1:31 AM Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 380. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2019-01-24 19:49:16+00:00 > From: Francois Lachance > Subject: The Place of Humour in Humanities Computing > > Willard, > > I have been trawling through the literature on overlapping hierarchies and > have repeatedly come across puns and other forms of humour. One of the > outstanding examples comes from Steve deRose > > [quote] > This model, originally named HORSE (Hierarchy-Obfuscating Really Spiffy > Encoding) may seem wooden at first, but soon it comes to look quite > natural. With its spartan syntax it should be attractive; but its name > seems less so, and clearly a Muse meant us to rename this model > > CLIX > > because of its heavy use of point events scattered throughout the text or > data stream: click, clicks, clix. > [/quote] > > The acronym in itself is funny but even more humorous given that it is > part of an extended conceit playing with a name: "This approach, which > after Troy [Griffiths] is called 'Trojan milestones'". From "Markup > Overlap: A Review and a Horse" (2004) > > http://xml.coverpages.org/DeRoseEML2004.pdf > ml > > Quite apart from the pleasure of sharing such delightful wordplay, I am > intrigued about the general question about the place of humour in the > exchanges between scholars (one is reminded of Erasmus's play on the name > of More in The Praise of Folly) and, in a more contemporary view, its > place in particular in the making of humanities computing. Keen on > learning more about any jokes that cross linguistic boundaries. > > -- > Francois Lachance > Scholar-at-large -- David Hoover, Professor of English NYU Eng. Dept. 212-998-8832 firstname.lastname@example.org https://files.nyu.edu/dh3/public/ Adolph slid back into the thicket and lay down behind a fallen log to see what would happen. Not much ever happened to him but weather. --Willa Cather _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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