(She asked if I was alive and well, OK?)
Those of you who have read as far as the tagline of this site have probably noticed our fondness for neologisms and malapropisms and just downright silliness. Since anyone who visits Science After Sunclipse has certainly wasted at least one afternoon reading through the xkcd archive, you must already know the ultimate origin of our favorite malaprops:
(Hold mouse over image for additional joke. Cartoon licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5.)
Eric and I spent quite a while trying to find the best generalization of blag and wobsite. Eventually, while walking to a Chinese restaurant in Harvard Square — on the sort of dark and rainy day which makes you intone, “A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies” — we decided upon blagnet and wobosphere. Recently, I’ve also grown fond of new formations from the blag- root, such as blaggregator and blaggravation.
Usage: “Man, keeping myself on PZ’s groll is really giving me some blaggravation!”
Those of you in the Greater MIT Metropolitan Area are invited to join us in making xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe’s visit to the Institute this 14 May as memorable as possible. I’m sure you’ll all have leftover weirdness you didn’t expend during Steer Roast. . . .