Monday, February 13, 2006

Tangy?

Various things I wanted to comment on.....


I have a new motto up on the home page. The old motto was "Quando Omni Flunkus Mortati." Thanks to everyone who guessed at the meaning, which was "When all else fails, play dead."

I was flipping through the channels last night, and I came up on the History Channel. You'll never guess what movie was playing. Boogie Nights. Yes, you heard me. Boogie Nights. One wonders what kind of crack the History Channel is smoking.

Speaking of crack smokers, has there ever been anyone who has destroyed his career so thoroughly in so short a period of time as Ben Affleck? Remember when he could do no wrong, and every movie role seemed like a good one. Ben was even engaged to Jennifer Lopez, widely seen at the time as the most desirous woman on the planet. And now....just sad, really.

I was talking to a friend who described something as "pungent" and tangy." I immediately called him on it, saying those two terms should only be used on things you taste. (He was not describing a taste...at least I hope.) My friend was adamant these were adjectives to describe taste.

So I want to ask the Monkey Barn who is right. I did check out dictionary.com, and they do say that the adjectives in question can be used for other purposes (although taste is first in both), but I'm talking common usage.

I have rarely if ever heard pungent not used for taste, and never for tangy.

Anyone else?

Hyperion

2 comments:

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

The History Channel must have a corner on the good crack. Heh. Boogie Nights? I wonder if they are working on the Bennifer documentary as I type...
PS, I've heard the word pungent used to describe odors, but then again chemistry-speak is hardly common usage.

Koz said...

I believe pungent and tangy can both be used for smells but usually used for tastes.