Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Literally Is Literally One of The Most Misused Words

I think one of the most misused words [if not the most misused word] in the English language is the word, "literally."  From literally means 'actually', 'in the strict sense', 'without exaggeration or inaccuracy', 'word for word'.  Some synonyms for literally are 'exactly', 'precisely', 'verbatim'.  The main antonym for literally is "figuratively".

Almost always when the word literally is misused, the correct word that should have been used is figuratively.  So, if someone says "I literally threw up when I heard that", unless that person actually did throw up, they really meant figuratively, not literally.

Now here are some statements where you know the word literally was misused, without even knowing the context:

"I literally died laughing."   Then how did you make that statement?

"He literally knocked the cover off the ball."  I've been to hundreds of baseball games in my life and never have seen that.

"He literally froze his but off."   I can still see his but.

"That song literally knocked my socks off."  You may have taken your socks off, but knocked off? 

"The cow literally jumped over the moon."  Call me cynical but ... 

"Because of the storm we are literally stuck in our home."  Stuck to what?

"I stayed up all night reading that book in bed, and it was so exciting I was literally on the edge of my seat."   I thought you were in bed.

"I am so hungry, I could literally eat a cow."  Fried or roasted?

I don't think so.

And this post is literally coming to an end...or is that figuratively?  :-)

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Happy Father's Day!

This Sunday June 20, 2021, is Father's Day.  I, along with my sister Susan, and my brother's Brad and Sandy, honor our Dad.  Our Dad, Pop, passed December 9, 2007.  He was a great Dad.  He was a great man.  He is in our thoughts and will be in our thoughts forever.  Sandy, Susan, Brad and I love you Dad, forever!

Rest in peace sweet Pop 
Together again with Reenie
Happy Father's Day, Pop!

"Oh, my beloved father" is the translation of  "O mio babbino caro", one of the most beloved aria's from Giacomo Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi".  This melodic aria may be short in length, but it is long in beauty.

Please turn up the volume and hear one of the most beautiful arias, sung by America's soprano, the legendary and beautiful, Renee Fleming.

Giacomo Puccini: "O Mio Babinno Caro", Renee Fleming - Soprano: 

Now, for this oldie but goodie song [that I am sure my Pop loved] that many [or probably most] of you younger Tales readers may never have heard of, "Oh, My Papa" written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard and became famous in the English version sung by Eddie Fisher in 1954:

Wishing A Happy and a Blessed Father's Day to all!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth - Freedom From Slavery Day

This was first published last Junteenth-There is an important UPDATE at the end of this post!
Wishing a Happy and a Blessed Juneteenth to all black Americans on this Saturday, June 19, 2021!  Also, I hope that all Americans will honor and celebrate this day June 19, when 156 years ago, freedom from slavery was finally proclaimed to all the slaves.

The 156th Anniversary of Juneteenth

From this Juneteenth web site:   "Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863."

More from this site"The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former 'masters' - attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom."  

"June 19th was coined 'Juneteenth' and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members.  Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date" ... 

"Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.  As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing."

To read the entire article on this web site: please click here

President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan 1, 1863
On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation.  The following transcript of the proclamation is from the archives-government web site.

January 1, 1863
A Transcription
By the President of the United States of America:
A Proclamation.

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
"That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

"That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac [sic], Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence [sic]; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

Hopefully, some day, this very important day in America's history will be made a national holiday, Juneteenth aka Freedom Day; and then, hopefully, every American will celebrate and honor this great moment in our history, just as we celebrate America’s Independence Day, July 4! 
UPDATE: On Thursday June 17, 2021, President Biden signed a bill passed by both houses of Congress, making Juneteenth a national holiday from here forward.  So, my hope that this would happen just a year ago, when I posted this article, did indeed happen one year later!  God Bless America!