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My AskMe from this morning was answered beautifully, with depth and consideration. As it is right now, at 20:07 EST, it is a beautiful little anthology on How to Read. I would shamelessly nominate it for the sidebar.
posted by Tufa to MetaFilter-Related at 5:09 PM (62 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

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posted by SeizeTheDay at 5:30 PM on January 29, 2009


Self-link!!!
posted by hermitosis at 5:31 PM on January 29, 2009


In unrelated news, I nominate myself for the Emperor of France.
posted by SteveTheRed at 5:34 PM on January 29, 2009 [6 favorites]


Fucking Vikings.
posted by ODiV at 5:46 PM on January 29, 2009


I'm glad you found the answers helpful, but I really think marking some best answers and adding an in-thread "thank you" was sufficient. This thread is supererogatory, and the sidebar? Nix.
posted by languagehat at 5:48 PM on January 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


I second Stéphane LeRouge's appointment.
posted by Science! at 5:50 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Pretty sure a definite way to not get something sidebarred is to request it when you are the author.
posted by piratebowling at 5:51 PM on January 29, 2009


Oops. Sorry. Just in deep appreciation of the answers. Honestly, the whole point of my screenname is to be soft, sedimentary, gradual and unnoticed. Here I met the hard flint of MetaTalk.
posted by Tufa at 6:02 PM on January 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


\Su`per*e*rog"a*to*ry\, a.
Performed to an extent not enjoined, or not required, by duty
or necessity; as, supererogatory services. --Howell.
posted by Tufa at 6:03 PM on January 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


Supererogatory is a pretty neat word that I didn't know existed, however.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:03 PM on January 29, 2009


Honestly, the whole point of my screenname is to be soft, sedimentary, gradual and unnoticed.

*backs slowly out of thread*
posted by dhammond at 6:03 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm with languagehat except I probably wouldn't use a word like supererogatory. I'm glad you got good answers to your question.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:04 PM on January 29, 2009


Using that word without linking to the definition was subogatory behavior.
posted by DU at 6:05 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


My spelling was SubERogatory.
posted by DU at 6:06 PM on January 29, 2009


The definition is nugatory. Totally nugatory.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:11 PM on January 29, 2009


Honestly, the whole point of my screenname is to be soft, sedimentary, gradual and unnoticed.

Yet pillow tufa is hard and unyielding, in spite of its misleadingly lofty and down enhanced modifier.
posted by oneirodynia at 6:23 PM on January 29, 2009


VIVE LEROUGE!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:24 PM on January 29, 2009


All I can think of now is a factory somewhere where they are making lots of erotic toys - dildos, nipple clamps, what have you - that have the wherewithal to stand up to use by Superman. The really creepy thing isn't so much that there needs to be a word to describe such a place, but that there needs to be more than one such place.
posted by yhbc at 6:24 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I really like nougat. Can we put that on the sidebar?
posted by kate blank at 6:33 PM on January 29, 2009 [7 favorites]



Yet pillow tufa is hard and unyielding, in spite of its misleadingly lofty and down enhanced modifier.
Ah, but I am not pillow tufa! Properly, my modifier is Calc-tufa, calcareous and formed by water. As pillow tufa goes, I think this thread needs a pillow-shaped mass.
posted by Tufa at 6:39 PM on January 29, 2009


No can do, kate blank. Last time we did that, the nougat ended up pulling out one of the sidebar's fillings.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:41 PM on January 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


I am the Queen of France!
posted by Pronoiac at 7:06 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


As an interrogatory, do we abrogate supererogatory as derogatory?
posted by Abiezer at 7:15 PM on January 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


I should be writing management training manuals, not commenting here.
posted by Abiezer at 7:16 PM on January 29, 2009


You've been using the wrong sort nougat. This heavenly fudge-like mass of solidified nutella goodness won't hurt anyone's fillings.
posted by CKmtl at 7:30 PM on January 29, 2009


This is a nice thread.
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:49 PM on January 29, 2009


As pillow tufa goes, I think this thread needs a pillow-shaped mass.

And I need the pope to present me with a pillow with my crown on it! I have wars to start and people don't oppress themselves, you know.
posted by SteveTheRed at 7:54 PM on January 29, 2009


Cortex, could you please dip this thread in some bright pink acrylic and make a paperweight out of it for me?
posted by heyho at 8:00 PM on January 29, 2009


I am Spartacus supererogatory!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:06 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


... dip this thread in some bright pink acrylic and make a paperweight out of it for me?
Would you settle for a lump of sandstone? Sort of sea-shell colored?
posted by Tufa at 8:07 PM on January 29, 2009


Put this on the sidebar or you get debugged.
posted by stavrogin at 8:24 PM on January 29, 2009


So you're admitting the sidebar is filler?
posted by ardgedee at 8:37 PM on January 29, 2009


Perhaps as a consolation prize this could be put on the recently listened Last.fm sidebar. Take care of two MeTa's with one swell foop.
posted by netbros at 8:38 PM on January 29, 2009


Comment

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
And I am Marie of Roumania.

posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:10 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


the nougat ended up pulling out one of the sidebar's fillings

so taffy's prolly out, too.

FUCK!
posted by Hat Maui at 9:21 PM on January 29, 2009


Apparently, the French fired their last monarch some time ago and decided not to backfill the position. They gave me some nougat and promised to keep my resume on file.

As for the sidebar, the Resolute desk post was the best I've ever seen.
posted by SteveTheRed at 9:22 PM on January 29, 2009


...I audialize all MetaTalk threads as read aloud by Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
posted by not_on_display at 9:31 PM on January 29, 2009


ART THOU BORED?

SNAP INTO A METATALK THREAD.
posted by Hat Maui at 9:41 PM on January 29, 2009


IT'S THE SPIIIIIIICCCCCE!
posted by Hat Maui at 9:42 PM on January 29, 2009


Supererogatory? Really? Who here is okay with the connotations of a word like supererogatory?
posted by Navelgazer at 9:42 PM on January 29, 2009


I know when duty's needed and what's supererogatory
I am the very model of a modern mefi coterie.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:44 PM on January 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm serious. I can write an extended, graphic and highly uncomfortable and unnecessary sexual metaphor about this issue if that's what's required!
posted by Navelgazer at 9:51 PM on January 29, 2009


Who here is okay with the connotations of a word like supererogatory?
I say cull it from the lexicon. Throw it on the ash heap and let some future word-trawler 3 generations on try to resurrect it.
posted by Tufa at 9:53 PM on January 29, 2009


Damn, Tufa! Will your cross-site self promotion never end?

I keed, I keed
posted by Navelgazer at 9:57 PM on January 29, 2009


Christ, another asshole who posts on metatalk because they can't read.
posted by hal_c_on at 10:09 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hal_c_on, who poured sand in your ass crack today?
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:23 PM on January 29, 2009


Hal_c_on, who poured sand in your ass crack today?

Metatalk in general, I think.
posted by Caduceus at 10:47 PM on January 29, 2009


"Supererogatory" used to be a superunknown word, but now it's an ultramega OK word.
posted by Tube at 10:56 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


When I'm reading MetaFilter comments, I make little matthowie, jesamyn and pb sounds in the back of my throat.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:20 PM on January 29, 2009


I should be writing management training manuals, not commenting here.

You could be all that and more if only you put in more hours of soul-killing career advancement. I sincerely hope you are being paid for this.
posted by Wolof at 11:47 PM on January 29, 2009


Supererogatory. Is that like Supery-dupery?
posted by Jofus at 12:49 AM on January 30, 2009


Does posting here after posting in AskMe make this a tufa one? (Sorry I can't resist the bad Geology puns).
posted by DanielDManiel at 1:38 AM on January 30, 2009


ultramega überogatory?
posted by msconduct at 5:38 AM on January 30, 2009


Supererogatory is a totally cromulent word.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:46 AM on January 30, 2009


I knew the "Emperor of France." in Kansas, just out of mental institution. You don't want to go there. Dude couldn't even speak French.
posted by zengargoyle at 7:46 AM on January 30, 2009


When I'm reading MetaFilter comments, I make little matthowie, jesamyn and pb sounds in the back of my throat.

It's the sound of one man choking on nougat.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:36 AM on January 30, 2009


Supererogatory?

Χριστός, what a fundament!
posted by applemeat at 8:36 AM on January 30, 2009


You want the vocative though.

Apparently, the French fired their last monarch some time ago and decided not to backfill the position. They gave me some nougat and promised to keep my resume on file.

And was all ready to back your claim in exchange for a duchy. Burgundy would have been nice. Sigh.
posted by ersatz at 9:07 AM on January 30, 2009


When I'm reading MetaFilter comments, I make little matthowie, jesamyn and pb sounds in the back of my throat.

More details please.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:36 AM on January 30, 2009


"\Su`per*e*rog"a*to*ry\, a.
Performed to an extent not enjoined, or not required, by duty
or necessity; as, supererogatory services. --Howell.
posted by TufaPoster at 2:03 AM on January 30 [2 favorites +] [!] Other [3/6]: «≡»


Supererogatory is a pretty neat word that I didn't know existed, however.
posted by cortexAdmin at 2:03 AM on January 3"


The dictionary told me that there's even a beautiful german word that I didn't know existed, that I also didn't know existed, namely übergebührlich. I'm going to memorize that...
posted by kolophon at 10:37 AM on January 30, 2009


As usual, I love you all in a very real and internet way. Go on.
posted by cavalier at 10:44 AM on January 30, 2009


If there is are supererogatory contributions, doesn't that imply other contributions are inferirogatory?

*Browses comment history, decides that must indeed be the case, comes to terms with it*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:58 AM on January 30, 2009


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