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THE WORD CHART OF ETYMOLOGY - a phenomenal teaching aid and educational breakthrough http://rexcurry.net/wordchart.html

THE SECRETS OF DVDs FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE LESSONS - & the Spanish "Blazing Saddles." http://rexcurry.net/DVDs.html

Learn secrets of language, etymology, and symbolism regarding the swastika. Although an ancient symbol, it was used sometimes as overlapping S-letters for "socialism" under the National Socialist German Workers Party. http://rexcurry.net/swastika.html

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A LINGUISTIC TRADEMARK EXPOSE' - it exposes the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/swastikastop.html

LIBERTARIAN LINGUISTIC TIPS - how to speak like a libertarian. http://rexcurry.net/words.html

LIBERTARIAN ETYMOLOGY - the language of liberty is explained. http://rexcurry.net/laissezfaire.html

L.A. BANS "master & slave" and "Mr. & Slav" ? - with comments from Mr. Etym from the Slavic community. http://rexcurry.net/wordmaster.html

Ban the N-word http://rexcurry.net/N_word_N-word_Nword_abolishthenword_banthenword_abolish_ban.html

ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM -  help libertarians and anti-establishment types to resurrect this wonderful word.

Amazon & word usage http://rexcurry.net/amazon-com-book-reviews-tags-discussions.html

Godwin's Law and its loopholes http://rexcurry.net/godwin.html Godwin's Law

URANUS IS THE RULER OF YOUR WORLD - and that's not all, according to the dictionary. http://rexcurry.net/uranus.html

WORDS AND ETYMOLOGY http://rexcurry.net/wordsmain.html


What is a "stay-out-of-prison-baby" ? A stay-out-of-prison-baby is a baby that is conceived and born to a defendant during the time that the defendant is facing criminal charges and the possibility of prison. The term is based on the idea that defendants deliberately manufacture babies under such circumstances in order to manipulate the emotions of the sentencing judge to impose a sentence of probation instead of prison. Believe it or don't, prosecutions and sentencing hearings are sometimes continued, even repeatedly, by the defendant (or his lawyer) in an effort to make sure the child is born and available for the sentencing hearing. Stay-out-of-prison-babies often appear at sentencings in the arms of the non-prosecuted mother (usually the mother) who delivers a sob story about needing the defendant so that the infant will have his father. Sometimes, at those hearings, the mother and father are still unwed after nine months of pregnancy and continued hearings and despite the alleged importance of the defendant avoiding prison (the defendant has some lines he will not cross, to wit: marriage). They might never wed. It is a reminder of the song by T-bird "That's just my baby's daddy" (dats jus my baby daddy(?)). It is a reminder of the child who murders his parents and then pleads for leniency on the grounds that he is an orphan.  Perhaps those parent-murderers were stay-out-of-prison babies. Is that trans-generational recidivism? Anyhoo, before the child murders his parents there can be embarassing questions such as: "Daddy, when are you going to marry Mommy?" (Mommy adds to the kid's confusion by secretly instructing him often "Go ask daddy when he is going to marry your mommy"). Junior (and his other siblings) can be ringbearers for mommy and daddy should the blessed event ever occur.  
    One example of a stay-out-of-prison-baby was utilized by a con artist who would con lenders for large loans to buy houses, stop paying the mortgages, and while he obstructed the lenders' foreclosure proceedings, he kept the houses rented, pocketing all the money (not paying a dime on the loans). In that sense, his first born son was just another one of his cons: to con the sentencing judge with a stay-out-of-prison baby.

Great stuff from the etymologist Dr. Rex Curry

Discoveries by an etymologist http://rexcurry.net/swastika3clear.jpg etymologist discoveries
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A world renowned etymologist from America met a girl from Vienna Austria. The etymologist said to the girl "Vienna is the origin of our word 'wiener.'" The girl from Vienna said "Yes, but in Vienna we don't call them wieners. We call them Frankfurters."

Hi Dr. Curry, I’m working on a piece for PopularMechanics.com that fact checks the science behind the television show "Fringe." I was hoping to speak with you about the episode airing tonight on Fox. In the episode, scientists will attempt to crack an ancient code to find a kidnapper. I'd like to ask you a few questions via email about ancient codes and how we attempt to decipher them once they're uncovered. I'd also like to gather a bit of background about how codes were used. I thought you'd be the perfect candidate. As background, PopularMechanics.com receives 3.5 million unique visitors and 9 million page views each month. Would you have a few minutes to reply back if I sent the questions over?  Thanks, Allie T.


Fringe Is on the Right Track With Code-Cracking Science: Last week, Massive Dynamic was the secret force behind a young boy's mind controlling ability. But in this week's episode, "August," the Fringe team encounters the Observers—strange men who pop up during important events in history and keep a log of mysterious code that the agents must try to crack. PM spoke with etymologist Rex Curry about deciphering ancient codes and symbols to see how (and if) it can be done. By Allie Townsend Published on: November 20, 2009

This week's episode begins with the kidnapping of Christine, a 27-year-old student from Boston, who, before her abduction, was on her way out of town to study in Rome. Her kidnapper is a man wearing a 60s-era suit, without hair or eyebrows. The Observer.

After subduing security guards attempting to come to Christine's rescue with a gun that seems to blast out waves of high energy, the Observer speeds off in a getaway car—with Christine. It takes no time for Agent Olivia Dunham and the Fringe team to discover who is behind the crime, since it was committed in front of bystanders. The bigger question is, why?

Though stumped, Dunham isn't completely clueless. The Observer left a notebook full of symbolic code at the scene. There is one lead in cracking the code, however, and that's because it's already being studied. As usual, all roads seem to lead the Fringe team to the same place: Massive Dynamic. The company's researcher admits he's made no progress with the code, but has found evidence that's a little more interesting. Colonial silversmith and famed midnight rider Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre reveals a mysterious figure in the background: an Observer. The same goes for the execution of Marie Antoinette and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Paintings of these famous scenes of history unveil the presence of the Observers and their ability to view time outside of just a linear entity as humans see it.

Back in the lab, Walter's right-hand gal Astrid tries to decipher the code using a computer program, but there is not one symbol that repeats. And, as Astrid notes, "Without repeated symbols, language is not possible." So how do we decipher unknown codes or languages?

Cracking codes is all about taking advantage of information we already have, says etymologist Rex Curry. "The Rosetta Stone involved an ancient code and helped translate Egyptian hieroglyphic writing because it contained carved text made up of three translations of a single passage: two in Egyptian language scripts—hieroglyphic and Demotic—and one in Greek," he says. "It provided a window into the mind of Egyptian hieroglyphic writers via comparison to writers of the other language scripts."

The Egyptians weren't the only ones to use secret codes to transmitting messages. Mary, Queen of Scots, used a cryptography code system to communicate with her followers in her plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Cryptography is used not to hide communication between two parties, but to conceal its meaning. In order to do this, code writers must send their memo through an encryption algorithm, a coding device that can only be deciphered properly with the use of its key.

But according to Curry, codes have only just hit their stride due to the millions of codes used in electronic banking and shopping. "Coding is a worldwide tool used millions of times daily by people via computers and encryption for online transactions," he says. "It's so common and easy that people don't even think about it. They wouldn't be able to break their own coding if they tried."

So in this instance, Fringe got its facts right: language does require repetition, and cracking complex codes require some sort of key that compares them to another language. For now, it seems that Astrid and her Fringe compatriots are out of luck when it comes to unlocking the mysteries inside The Observer's notebook.


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