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Vol. #80 - May 21, 2021

Heya!
Thanks once again for checking out WesRecs. It has been another monster of a week on my end. (I love not having to report to an office 40 hrs a week but damn if having like 6 different freelance gigs does not run you ragged with emails and zooms and deadlines from time to time.). In the past 7 days I have done 1-on-1 storytelling coaching, hosted Zoom trivia, hosted a live Zoom storytelling show, researched a the life of Pablo Neruda for a biography project for a podcast platform, done background work for a CBS drama, and been trained to run corporate storytelling workshops. It keeps the lights on but I need a nap.

But I really cannot complain at all (especially reading the news as much as I do) so I'll just say that I'm very happy for the warmer weather and very excited to get to work on some personal projects of mine, to get back on stage soon, and to get some serious outdoor time in the next few months. I'll keep the intro short this time around, lots of fun stuff below. Enjoy and take care!
I've been watching the early 90s Boston period crime drama "City on a Hill". I don't love it yet, but the acting is excellent (Kevin Bacon is doing some of his best stuff ever), it sheds some light on how ridiculously unjust the "justice system" can be (even if is still asks you to root for a DA which...ew), and it has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see where it goes. One of the most fun things about it is seeing how many inside Boston-are references they can slip into each ep. I mean, I haven't thought about the supermarket name Purity Supreme in literal decades but it's right there, in several scenes, with the old signage and everything. If you grew up in the area in the 90s you *know* the Wachusett mountain theme song by heart, and there it was, playing in the background in a random scene.

The 90s throwbacks hit me on a fun personal level in this shot where I recognized not one but 2 shirts that I actually owned as a kid. It's not so much a Boston reference as a Bush I era fashion reference but I absolutely rocked both the shirt on the left and the one in the center. I remember the collar button on the 4-tone shirt in the middle was particularly soft and pliable, almost like molded rubber for whatever that's worth. It was just hilarious to me that this single shot reminded me of  like 2 different school picture photos.
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Aliens like....for real??

On ETs, supersonic Tic-Tacs, and listening to fighter pilots

Some basic non-negotiables re: potential human contact with extraterrestrial species:
  • The universe is more vast than your brain can really comprehend. Truly. It's one thing to simply state the fact that observable existence extends "93 billion light years in diameter and is constantly expanding" but given that we humans already can't quite even grasp the enormous distance of even a single light year (at approximately 6 TRILLION miles) it ends up not meaning much. Whatever mental image you might conjure up at the thought of "unimaginable immensity" I am telling you: it is not even on the same scale of how big just our own galaxy is. That's all to say: that as a calculation of sheer probability it laughable to assume that humanity is the only intelligent life in the universe. Even if we took the spontaneous development of "intelligent" life (as we know it...or otherwise) to be the rarest and most precious thing imaginable that could only occur with the confluence & perfect timing of a series of extremely remote possibilities - even if that were the case, the universe is so big that that absolute dice roll of conditions would have manifested countless times over. As the saying goes, if we are indeed all that there is out here in the world it would represent a mind-bendingly colossal waste of space.
 
  • While the universe being so absolutely bonkers huge does basically guarantee the existence of non-human life it also nearly guarantees that we will never actually make contact with any of it. Light is the fastest thing there is by a wide wide wide margin (NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which achieved the fastest speed of any human made thing, only reached 0.05% the speed of light) yet even light takes over 4 years just to travel to our nearest star beyond the sun and it takes over 2.5 MILLION years to reach the closest galaxy to us. If there were even a million different alien species scattered around the observable universe blasting out electromagnetic signals of greeting or even fielding vast fleets of spacecraft it's almost certain that none of it would reach our unremarkable random backwater of a galaxy (let alone solar system) before both their civilization and ours died out. I mean, drop 5 people in 5 separate canoes at random spots in the Pacific Ocean and let them float freely or paddle for the rest of their lives. There is an almost zero chance that any of them will ever sight another, but we're talking about scales of distance billions of times greater here.
 
  • IF, defying all probability, an alien species actually did manage to conquer the insane distance and make it to our Solar system for a visit the sheer technical accomplishment and advancement required for the journey itself would mean that, relative to us, their technology would seem more or less god-like. We'd better hope they're friendly because they would be able to crush us like bugs if they chose to. But our own history suggests that even if their intentions were non-violent we'd still be in bad shape because of the potential for us to be killed by unknown space illnesses/parasites that we have no immunity for (not to mention the inevitable mass panic and collapse of several major governments and world religions).
 
  • While, probability-wise, the existence of aliens out there in the universe is pretty much a fact, if we stick purely to the verifiable data (as known to the general public) there is no proof that ETs have ever visited earth.
 
  • HOWEVER, that same verifiable data, does show that on multiple occasions humans have observed flying craft of unknown origin which were able to move in defiance of known principles of aerodynamics, while exhibiting no obvious means of propulsion, while evading all attempts of pursuit on our part. Random people in cornfields have described this, highly trained professional pilots at the helm of the best flight technology we've ever created have reported this, we have a few of these instances on video. They have happened and we don't know what they are. It would be scientifically irresponsible to say that they are of extraterrestrial origin because we simply can't be sure of that, yet, but the possibility is on the table and needs to regarded as just that: a possibility.
How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously - The New Yorker

OK so the government isn't saying they've established the existence of alien life as fact but they are saying that they've seen a bunch of technologically advanced aircraft in U.S. airspace that exceed the capabilities of our best stuff (and even the hypothetical limits of aircraft as we know it) and given that our gigantic (and frankly gross) defense budget means that U.S. aircraft tends to be the most technologically advanced human-developed stuff on the planet it's safe to say that these Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (U.A.P.s...because the government is aware of the tin-foil hat alignment of the more classic UFO) exceed the capabilities of human technology, period.

The government has been studying this is a small but serious way for some time now and due to a provision in the latest defense bill from last year they have to publicly dish on their findings in in an official report due this June. So if you see a lot of news media chatter about ETs over the next few months (I certainly have) that's why.

This is real, it happens all the time, in some cases there's video and sensor proof of it. It is wild that we are not talking about this all day every day. That may be about to change.
 
Greer’s “Executive Summary” was woolly, but discerning readers could find within it answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about U.F.O.s—assuming, as Greer did, that U.F.O.s are helmed by extraterrestrials. Why are they so elusive? Because the aliens are monitoring us. Why? Because they are discomfited by our aspiration to “weaponize space.” Have we shot at them? Yes. Should we shoot at them? No. Really? Yes. Why not? They’re friendly. How do we know? “Obviously, any civilization capable of routine interstellar travel could terminate our civilization in a nanosecond, if that was their intent. That we are still breathing the free air of Earth is abundant testimony to the non-hostile nature of these ET civilizations.” (One obvious question seems not to have occurred to Greer: Why, if these spacecraft are so advanced, do they allegedly crash all the time?)

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The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group was conducting training operations in restricted waters off the coast of San Diego and Baja California in November of 2004, when the advanced SPY-1 radar on one of the ships, the U.S.S. Princeton, began to register some strange presences. They were logged as high as eighty thousand feet, and as low as the ocean’s surface. After about a week of radar observations, Commander David Fravor, a graduate of the élite Topgun fighter-pilot school and the commanding officer of the Black Aces squadron, was sent on an intercept mission. As he approached the location, he looked down and saw a roiling shoal in the water and, hovering above it, a white oval object that resembled a large Tic Tac. He estimated it to be about forty feet long, with no wings or other obvious flight surfaces and no visible means of propulsion. It appeared to bounce around like a Ping-Pong ball. Two other pilots, one seated behind him and one in a nearby plane, gave similar accounts. Fravor descended to chase the object, which reacted to his maneuvers before departing abruptly at high speed. Upon Fravor’s return to the Nimitz, another pilot, Chad Underwood, was dispatched to follow up with more advanced sensory equipment. His aircraft’s targeting pod recorded a video of the object. The clip, known as “FLIR1”—for “forward-looking infrared radar,” the technology used to capture the incident—features one minute and sixteen seconds of a blurry ashen dot against a gunmetal background; in the final few seconds, the dot appears to outwit the radar lock and make a rapid getaway.

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On October 4, 2017, at the behest of Christopher K. Mellon, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Leslie Kean was called to a confidential meeting in the bar of an upscale hotel near the Pentagon. She was greeted by Hal Puthoff, the longtime paranormal investigator, and Jim Semivan, a retired C.I.A. officer, who introduced her to a sturdy, thick-necked, tattooed man with a clipped goatee named Luis Elizondo. The previous day had been his last day of work at the Pentagon. Over the next three hours, Kean was taken through documents that proved the existence of what was, as far as anyone knew, the first government inquiry into U.F.O.s since the close of Project Blue Book, in 1970. The program that Kean had spent years lobbying for had existed the whole time.
For some Navy pilots, UFO sightings were an ordinary event: ‘Every day for at least a couple years’ - Boston.com

Seriously ya'll: this is not exactly an infrequent occurrence WTF????
 
But years later, Ryan Graves sounded almost bored as he recounted for a national television audience his history with unidentified aerial phenomena – “UAPs,” better known as “UFOs.”

Perhaps because for him and some of his former Navy colleagues, such a sighting became a regular occurrence.

“Every day,” Graves said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday. “Every day for at least a couple years.”



The report, which will be released in June, was mandated by an obscure provision in last year’s $2.3 trillion appropriations bill and requires the director of national intelligence to work with the secretary of defense on a “detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence” gathered by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI.



Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode also introduced close observers to a new voice: former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich, who said she had an “unsettling” encounter with an unidentified flying object over the Pacific Ocean in 2004.

Dietrich was one of four aviators to see the object, which was also captured by a camera and radar. She and her Navy colleague, Cmdr. Dave Fravor, described a “little white Tic-Tac-looking object” about the size of their fighter jets.

“No predictable movement, no predictable trajectory,” said Dietrich, who had not spoken publicly about the experience before.
Proof of Life: How Would We Recognize an Alien If We Saw One? - Aeon (2018)


Not quite relevant to the UAP issue discussed above but a fun little side diversion into how alien life must have devloped using what know to be true about the development of life on Earth.

 
Natural selection occurs whenever you have a collection of things (cells, replicators, birds, an imaginary species we’ll call ‘Glipgloops’) that have three properties: variation, heredity and differential success. For example, some of the Glipgloops we posited have longer eyestalks than others (variation). Long-eyestalked Glipgloops have long-eyestalked babies (inheritance of the variation). And Glipgloops with long eyestalks can see out of their methane holes better and therefore have more babies (differential success linked to that variation). The result is that, over time, Glipgloops evolve to have elongated eyestalks.



In fact, the selection criterion is so consistent, that an organism cannot be designed for anything other than contributing genes to future generations. This is why we don’t get organisms who sacrifice for the good of their species. In general, organisms are selfish – reproducing yourself at the expense of others is a great way to pass on genes. We do sometimes see sacrifice and cooperation in nature – but only when the benefits of cooperation come back to you, or the sacrifice benefits relatives. Relatives share genes, so a bee can sacrifice for the queen (its mother), if it means she’ll produce 100 more sisters, each carrying half the bee’s genes. The calculus of which traits lead to more genes, and exactly when and how much to sacrifice, is precise and rigid. This is why evolutionary biologists can make mathematical models that correctly predict how many helpers a bird should allow at her nest, and how often wasps should cannibalise their siblings. But this algorithmic rigidity of natural selection also comes in handy for the astrobiologist.

A thread should be revealing itself: life is special because of its apparent design. The only way to get design without a designer is natural selection. Therefore, aliens must be the product of natural selection. And natural selection follows certain rules, and can produce only certain kinds of organisms. Thus, astrobiologists can use the theory of natural selection, and the mathematics of evolution, to make predictions about aliens.

🎵To The Left! To The Left!🎵

On That Commie Pinko Tip

It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America. - Washington Post

I will never pretend to know the meaning or purpose of life. But I would stake my life on the certainty that it does NOT lie in showing up for 40 hours every week to a job that you can barely tolerate or which you actively hate for the simple reason that if you fail to do so you won't be able to feed yourself or keep a roof over your head.

 
At the most basic level, people are still hesitant to return to work until they are fully vaccinated and their children are back in school and day care full time. For example, all the job gains in April went to men. The number of women employed or looking for work fell by 64,000, a reminder that child-care issues are still in play.

There is also growing evidence — both anecdotal and in surveys — that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work, whether in an office, at home or some hybrid combination.


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Tim and Sara Wojtala are a young couple completely rethinking their careers due to the pandemic. Tim worked for years as a manager at major retailer. Last year, he was frustrated by what he felt were lax safety conditions at work and having to deal with irate customers who didn’t want to wear masks. He quit in the fall as the virus surged again. Now he’s going to school to become a wind turbine technician through a program backed by the government. Sara also spent many years in retail and wants to do something more meaningful now.

“The problem is we are not making enough money to make it worth it to go back to these jobs that are difficult and dirty and usually thankless. You’re getting yelled at and disrespected all day. It’s hell,” said Sara, who is 31. She added that with two young kids, finding child care has also been a huge issue lately.
Long working hours killing 745,000 people a year, study finds - BBC

So you mean not only will grinding away at a full time job so that you can pay your bills not fulfill you, it might actually kill you? Hmmmm.
 
The research found that working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with a working week of 35 to 40 hours.

The study, conducted with the International Labour Organization (ILO), also showed almost three quarters of those that died as a result of working long hours were middle-aged or older men.

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The report said working long hours was estimated to be responsible for about a third of all work-related disease, making it the largest occupational disease burden.

The researchers said that there were two ways longer working hours led to poor health outcomes: firstly through direct physiological responses to stress, and secondly because longer hours meant workers were more likely to adopt health-harming behaviours such as tobacco and alcohol use, less sleep and exercise, and an unhealthy diet.

Things Read

Worthwhile Words

The Body’s Most Embarrassing Organ Is an Evolutionary Marvel - The Atlantic

This is one of the most singular pieces of writing I have ever put in this newsletter. What a ride. It's about the evolutionary theory of anuses. It is informative, well-researched, and entirely within the bounds of responsible science journalism for a general audience.

It is also absolutely (delightfully?) unhinged in its reverence buttholes and the biological marvel that they represent. Read the first 3 paragraphs or so, you'll get the idea. This writer got the assignment and went all the way in. You love to see it.
 
The sea cucumber's posterior is so much more than an exit hole for digestive waste. It is also a makeshift mouth that gobbles up bits of algae; a faux lung, latticed with tubes that exchange gas with the surrounding water; and a weapon that, in the presence of danger, can launch a sticky, stringy web of internal organs to entangle predators. It can even, on occasion, be a home for shimmering pearlfish, which wriggle inside the bum when it billows open to breathe. It would not be inaccurate to describe a sea cucumber as an extraordinary anus that just so happens to have a body around it. As Rebecca Helm, a jellyfish biologist at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, told me, “It is just a really great butt.”

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Many of the animals that have managed to keep some version of the anus embellished upon it, and now harbor an organ of immense extravagance. Turtles, like sea cucumbers, breathe through their butt. Young dragonflies suck water into theirs, then spew it out to propel themselves forward. Scorpions jettison their posterior when attacked from behind, evading capture but tragically losing their ability to poop (and eventually dying with their abdomen full of excrement). Lacewing larvae incapacitate termite prey with the toxic flatulence they emit from their end—“they literally KO their enemies with death farts,” Ainsley Seago, an entomologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told me.

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Evolution blew the human butt out of proportion; our cultural norms quickly followed suit. We regard one another’s bums with lust, disgust, and guilty fascination. We shrink them, we sculpt them; we sexualize them. We rap about them with abandon. They, in return, make it much easier to sprint, but much harder to keep our rear ends clean. Our anus is a sheep dressed in a very fabulous wolf’s clothing, and we simply cannot deal.
Brett Kavanaugh’s latest decision should alarm liberals - Vox

Yeah Brett Kavanaugh is hot garbage with no respect for judicial precedent and his colleagues are noticing and calling him out on it and there doesn't seem to be much we can do to stop him and the rest of the conservative court majority from knocking down Roe v. Wade which is undeniably his agenda.
 
The Court historically has been very reluctant to overrule precedents, both because past justices understood that the law should be predictable, and because strong norms against overruling past decisions help prevent the Supreme Court from becoming a purely partisan prize — tossing out decades’ worth of settled doctrines every time a different political party gains control of the Court.

But Kavanaugh does not appear to share his predecessors’ reluctance to overrule past decisions.

All of this matters because Kavanaugh is the median vote on the Supreme Court. Last week, SCOTUSBlog published an analysis finding that Kavanaugh voted with the majority in 97 percent of cases decided so far this Supreme Court term — more than any other justice. If you want to win a case before the Supreme Court, you’ve got a tough road ahead of you if you can’t secure Kavanaugh’s vote.

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Meanwhile, the Court’s three liberal justices joined an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor that walked right up to the line of accusing Kavanaugh of lying about what he was up to in his majority opinion. “The Court simply rewrites Miller and Montgomery to say what the Court now wishes they had said, and then denies that it has done any such thing,” Sotomayor wrote. “The Court,” she added, “knows what it is doing.”

Kavanaugh’s loose approach to precedent, in other words, isn’t simply being noticed by legal experts and court-watchers. It’s being noticed by Kavanaugh’s colleagues to his right and to his left — and four of them recently called him out for it.

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Liberals, in other words, are depending on the doctrine of stare decisis — the idea that courts should typically be bound by their prior decisions — to stave off a conservative legal revolution.

And as liberals shout for stare decisis to save them, the Court’s median justice is looking down upon them, and whispering “no.”
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade - Slate

In case you weren't sure from the above piece.
 
This action suggests that the conservative majority is no longer interested in gradually eroding abortion rights until they are, in reality, nonexistent. This strategy has guided the anti-abortion movement for decades. It has resulted in laws that shutter abortion clinics under a bogus pretext, compel doctors to read anti-abortion propaganda, force women to undergo ultrasounds and waiting periods, and forbid abortions for specific reasons, like fetal disability. After the confirmations of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, the conventional wisdom dictated that the Supreme Court would begin to uphold these laws, chipping away at Roe until it became a hollow promise. But the new conservative majority is not waiting for these half-measures to reach the court; with Dobbs, it has gone for the jugular. Roe itself is on the table.
Exclusive: Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army - Newsweek

In addition to hiding the degree to which they take the possibility of alien incursion into U.S. airspace seriously the government also maintains a 600k person "army" of civilian and military agents and operatives operating in secret under assumed names, with dummy addresses, social media accounts, credit cards, fingerprints, etc etc. This is mostly interesting as a sketch of just how elaborate this can go. And it's a great reflect on where we are socially in the Internet age. 40 years ago if you had an officially issued false passport, and mailbox under a false name you could move somewhere and pretty easily live and work under a completely made up identity. Now it's weird if you have no social media presence, or if a Google search for you turns up nothing prior to the last 5 years. Today everyone has access to more powerful information gathering tools in their pocket than a border guard or an an FBI agent had at their disposal just a few decades ago. Being a believable fake person is more difficult than ever before.

 
The unprecedented shift has placed an ever greater number of soldiers, civilians, and contractors working under false identities, partly as a natural result in the growth of secret special forces but also as an intentional response to the challenges of traveling and operating in an increasingly transparent world. The explosion of Pentagon cyber warfare, moreover, has led to thousands of spies who carry out their day-to-day work in various made-up personas, the very type of nefarious operations the United States decries when Russian and Chinese spies do the same.

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Every morning at 10:00 a.m., Jonathan Darby embarks on his weekly rounds of mail call. Darby is not his real name, but it is also not the fake name on his Missouri driver's license that he uses to conduct his work. And the government car he drives, one of a fleet of over 200,000 federal vehicles owned by the General Services Administration, is also not registered in his real or his fake name, and nor are his magnetically attached Maryland state license plates really for his car, nor are they traceable back to him or his organization. Where Darby works and the locations he visits are also classified.

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Before the Internet, Darby says—before a local cop or a border guard was connected to central databases in real time—all an operative needed to be "undercover" was an ID with a genuine photo. These days, however, especially for those operating under deep cover, the so-called "legend" behind an identity has to match more than just a made-up name. Darby calls it "due diligence": the creation of this trail of fake existence. Fake birthplaces and home addresses have to be carefully researched, fake email lives and social media accounts have to be created. And those existences need to have corresponding "friends." Almost every individual unit that operates clandestinely—special operations, intelligence collections, or cyber—has a signature reduction section, mostly operated by small contractors, conducting due diligence.

Things Seen

Watched Recently By Wes

This is what a human fetus looks like in utero if you run an MRI scan on it. Welcome to never sleeping comfortably or looking at babies the same way again. This is utterly terrifying and I actually kind of wish I'd never seen it but now I have and thus you will too. The mustache looking thing is undescended teeth. Here's the Twitter thread I found it on if, for some unhinged reason you wish to see more.
Everything about Crabbing in Canada, Catching, Cleaning, Cooking

I am laser focused on fishing and crabbing this summer. I just ordered a crab trap of my own and I can't wait to get out and give it a spin this week. Being me, I've been watching an endless stream of videos on fishing and crabbing in order to prepare myself and to not look like a total newb idiot when I hit the piers. This was one of the more beautiful/meditative one. It seriously took me several minutes to be sure she was not standing in front of a green screen, that is how placid and picturesque the environment is here. While my eyes have been opened to the sheer prevalence of catch-and-release fishing over the past few weeks I have zero plans to crab or fish on occasions when I don't intended to eat my catch for dinner, so it is weird/painful to see all of this wonderful haul just tossed back in but I do get it it and ultimately appreciate it and if I'm able to replicate anything remotely similar in my own efforts I will definitely let you know.
Brilliant and relevant. (From Andrea Roussos)
For all my map junkies out there, this is pretty cool. Found HERE.
The problem in Good Will Hunting - Numberphile

I'm so bad at math that it's painful sometimes but this dude is an excellent explainer and I think I kind of get it. If you're curious: the chalkboard math problem that Matt Damon solves while mopping the hallway at night in Good Will Hunting (thus setting in motion the recognition of his genius) is probably something that you can handle if you had better than a C average in geometry. This mathematician presenter patiently breaks down why and has an uncanny knack for really making you believe that you can handle this. On top of that it's the pigeon wallpaper and the fur pillow that really does it for me.
TRUTH!!!!!
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We won a Webby! Or, more accurately, the incredible storytellers and the production team behind the Stories From The Stage episode "Growing Up Black" won a Webby Award in the Virtual & Remote category for their work. I just hosted the episode. You can check it in full here. Stories From The Stage will be returning for a 5th season in the fall and we're currently hard at work in taping content for that, be sure to check it out!

Word of The Week

Up That Vocab Game

Babblative, adj.
[ BAB - luh - tiv]

somewhat archaic.
Meaning: Given to babbling; loquacious, prattling. Also: characterized by an excess of talk; verbose, bombastic.

Origin: Apparently < the syllable /ba/ which is characteristic of early infantile vocalization, this syllable being taken as typical of childish speech, and hence of indistinct or nonsensical talk + -le suffix 3. Compare prattle v. Compare also the name of Babel (see Babel n.), which, although etymologically unrelated, may have been associated with the verb in later use;

Fun Facts

Trivia To Bend Your Brain

  • Bookkeeper and bookkeeping are the only English words with three consecutive double letters
  • People over the age of 60 have a 14% greater chance of dying on their birthday than any other day (birthdays are associated with stress, falls, heart attacks, etc).
  • The term "sniper" derives from the difficulty of shooting the snipe bird and the skill required to do so. Its plumage makes for excellent camouflage and it flies in an erratic pattern.
  • The opening on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal is further east than the opening on the Atlantic side.
  • At any given time there are about 1800 thunderstorms in progress worldwide.
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