The Thing Is … Things Are A Thing

The route to arrive at the name of this publication was long and tortured – and in some ways driven by URL availability … you can tell that when you realize that we are @ .co not – they are another thing entirely … well not exactly entirely …

The Other And Another Thing

It is in all honesty rather a nice site, with wit and observations about things that drive that particular gentleman crazy. Trust me – they typically drive this chap crazy aswell.

And of course the wonderful Alec Baldwin podcast ‘Here’s The Thing’, Well worth a listen.

But to the point …

Turns out that the OED has refined its definition of the word ‘Thing’. I know – right? As Quartz has it

A thing wasn’t always “a thing,” until the Oxford English Dictionary made it one.

… going on to point out what ‘we in the know’ already know … that a thing is ..

“defined as ‘a genuine or established phenomenon or practice’, and is often used in questions conveying surprise or incredulity, such as ‘is that even a thing?’

All good stuff – but as I wrote this – my mind wandered (I put it down to age) … but then my Mother would remind me of the school reports where it reads (I paraphrase) “Little Johnny needs to spend more time focussed on his work and less time day-dreaming”. So it is obviously coursing through the veins.

Of course – it all started with rather a famous video clip from our ‘godfather of another thing’ …

And who could forget …

But then if you are an Apple fan – you might well be a user of Things. By the way – if you are – could you post some spondulicks to this chap – you obviously have money to burn. I mean it is a beautiful task manager … it really is … but 50 bucks for the mac version plus 20 bucks for the iPad version plus 10 bucks for the iPhone version … well I have to say that must mean you are juggling a lot of things … so to speak.

  • TomE

    And all this time, I thought this inspired and documented the start:

    “I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they
    were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about
    when they begot me; had they duly consider’d how much depended upon what
    they were then doing;–that not only the production of a rational
    Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and
    temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his
    mind;–and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of
    his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions
    which were then uppermost;–Had they duly weighed and considered all
    this, and proceeded accordingly,–I am verily persuaded I should have
    made a quite different figure in the world, from that in which the
    reader is likely to see me.”

    • cough … I do wish I knew more …. Tristram aside that is …