"Cachinnate" derives from the Latin verb "cachinnare," meaning "to laugh loudly," and was probably coined in imitation of a loud laugh. "Cachinnare" is much like the Old English "ceahhetan," the Old High German "kachazzen," and the Greek "kachazein" —all words of imitative origin that essentially meant "to laugh loudly." "Cackle" has a different ancestor (Middle English "cakelen"), but is also believed to have been modeled after the sound of laughter. Simply put, this blog is full of laughs.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Missing Pen

A busy doctor, working at a hospital, stops to review a patient's chart. Needing to jot down a few notes, he reaches into his pocket for a pen but discovers that all he has is a thermometer.

"Hm," he ponders, "I wonder what asshole has my pen."


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