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PSA: The OED's WOTD is on PCP

Clicking around on the internet, as I am wont to do, I happened to come across the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Day email. I happen to be rather fond of words, although rather less fond of word of the day emails, but it was the OED after all, so I thought, why not give it a try and see how you like it?

I'm here to tell you why not--because the thing is bloody possessed.

Behind this lj-cut I reproduce for you in full ONE of the three identical emails I have received since I subscribed to this list approximately one hour ago.


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logion
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[LOG-ee-on] a traditional saying or proverb of a sage. Chiefly used with reference to the sayings of Jesus contained in the collections supposed to have been among the sources of the Gospels, or to sayings attributed to Jesus but not recorded in the Gospels. From a Greek word meaning 'oracle'.


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I mean, I really don't think it was necessary to welcome me to the list 42 times. Furthermore, while it is perfectly acceptable to put in a brief plug for your products in your free email list, I believe this should be done once. Not twice. And holy Zarquon singing fish, NOT 42 TIMES. What the fuck? Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?

Ironically, they're urging me to "learn to express yourself more accurately and in more interesting and varied ways", but they're just driving me to express myself more forcefully with ALL CAPS and four-letter words.

So, after, as I say, the third such email, I decided that not only was the honeymoon over, but we had apparently progressed directly to throwing broken bottles at each other, and I unsubscribed from the list, and got confirmation of such.

I then received my fourth identical email.

I tried to unsubscribe from it for good measure.

I was informed that I could not unsubscribe as I was not actually subscribed in the first place.

If I receive a fifth email, I assure you, there will be edits. Probably containing more CAPS and four-letter words.
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LOL!!!!!! I laughed all the way through this! I too, feel your frustration.

I think I found the word of the day, strictly by luck. I think it's the part that says,
"logion
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[LOG-ee-on] a traditional saying or proverb of a sage. Chiefly used with reference to the sayings of Jesus contained in the collections supposed to have been among the sources of the Gospels, or to sayings attributed to Jesus but not recorded in the Gospels. From a Greek word meaning 'oracle'."

Thanks for the laugh!!!
I don't know I managed to scroll past it who knows how many times, aside from the fact that my eyeballs were traumatized by the scary onslaught of text.

I did finally see it when I decided to count just how many iterations of the first two lines there were. And by then, of course, I wasn't going to be appeased unless it told me where to find the Holy Grail and how to make money and lose weight while I sleep. But hey, when the things that are driving you crazy make you laugh instead of cry, it could be worse. ;)
Ironically, now every time someone posts a comment, I get that damned email in my box again. :D
Yikes!
42 welcomes sounds a little extreme.

I'm actually a bigger fan of www.dictionary.com - word of the day in my email, I don't remember being quite so annoyed when I signed up, and using dictionary.com's free. As opposed to the OED on-line (which I looked into when I was bigger into heraldry) which costs like $500 US a year or some such. *shudder*
Re: Yikes!
I'm going to be really sad when I no longer have free access to the OED through any universities, because the etymologies and quotations are fascinating like whoa. I could look up words all day long.

However, I do not miss their psycho word of the day list at ALL. :D I shall try the dictionary.com one as there is no earthly way it could possibly be as annoying.
Quick lesson in revenge.

  • Take a note of the email address of whomever spammed you.

  • Go to Google or a similar search engine.

  • Three words: "Daily." "Email." "Porn."

  • The rest is history.


*Stops stalking spamming.*