Monday, February 2, 2009

Oh, what a difference one tiny space makes...

I assume they meant to say Groundhog Day Forecast here, not Ground Hog Day Forecast. It's funny how one itsy-bitsy little space makes a big difference, isn't it? A groundhog evokes a much different image than, say, ground hog. One is cute, and the other sounds kinda gross and bloody...

Happy Groundhog Day! Let's hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow today. ;)

(For those of you who don't live in the USA or Canada and have no flippin' idea what Groundhog Day is, this'll tell ya!)

21 comments:

The Punctuator said...

Nice catch, Grammarphile. If you or your readers would be interested in learning about alternatives to Punxsatawny Phil's near-monopoly on rodent meteorology, check out these couple of posts:

http://therantsinmypants.blogspot.com/2008_08_31_archive.html#2544832704909474194

http://therantsinmypants.blogspot.com/2008_09_14_archive.html#6938692773214953442

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, Punctuator! Great comment; thanks for sharing your knowledge! I'd never heard of Sacramento Sal before... :)

Lynda said...

Don't forget us Canucks! We also have a groundhog! Wiarton Willie is his name! Here's the scoop:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiarton_Willie

(Love your blog!)
Lynda

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, Lynda! :) I hadn't heard of Wiarton Willie before. (I'm originally from Pennsylvania, and I hadn't heard about any other famous groundhogs besides Punxsutawney Phil until today!) :)

ChicagoLady said...

I also believe the south has their own version of Phil, but I don't remember what his name is or where he's at.

I was looking forward to Phil NOT seeing his shadow this morning since the forecast was for snow showers, but alas there was either bright sunshine or those damn flashbulbs made him see his shadow again this year. That makes 9 out of the last 10 years that he's seen his shadow. We need a new groundhog, lol.

Brian said...

"Ground Hog Day"

The annual Trailer Park Pate Celebration.

Typical Celebration Day Menu.

Ground Hog Pate & Critter Crackers

Stray Pet Jambalaya in Road Kill Roux

All you can drink Sweet Pee

-After Dinner Meth Mints-

Lynda said...

Well, I think Willie is a "copy" of your Phil. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: I think we need a new groundhog, too...or perhaps a blind groundhog...that way there's NO chance he'll *see* his shadow. ;) (Does it count if we see his shadow, but he doesn't? Hmmm...)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: This menu sounds like it could have come out of one of the towns in the first radio market I ever worked in. Yee-haw!

LadyStyx said...

http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/famous_groundhogs/Famous_Groundhogs_Around_the_World.htm

I think the answer to Chicago's question is in the above link. There seems to be several of the little buggers....

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Lynda: Exactly! :) ...Do you know if Willie saw his shadow today or not?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, LadyStyx--great link! Wow, until today, I had NO IDEA how many groundhogs are called upon on February 2. Incredible! :)

Punxsutawney Phil said...

Ok -Lets get something straight here. You guys have NO idea how hard it is to be a groundhog..I mean technically speaking I only work one day a year and all I have to do is find my shadow. People pretty much crap their pants over it. But the rest of the year? I live in a hole, eat insects and deciduous foliage and try not to become some stupid hawks meal. Who wants to trade places hmm? AND on TOP OF THAT - The National Association of Meteorological Groundhogs just imposed pay cuts across the board of 25% due to the 'Economic Downturn'! AND they dissolved our severance packages! Things could be a whole lot better Grammarphile...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ok, groundhog, I sorta see your point. But here's the thing: For all of us who have to work 50+ hours a week, who drive through ice and snow to get to work, who are rather disgruntled once we actually get to work...the last effin' thing we wanna hear is how winter's going to be even freakin' LONGER this year. How 'bout some hope, groundhog? You've got 364 days a year where you DON'T work. During that time, can't you devise some sort of plan to make your damn shadow go away PERMANENTLY? We're counting on you, groundhog!

Brian said...

Yeah... ya know, Phil...

You know it was just a joke right man?

You are so much more than just a tasty spreadable paste consisting of mixed meats and fat that is the perfect compliment to various breads and biscuits.

You're Da' Man... Uh... Da' Hog. You know what I mean.

You're not just a condiment is what I'm trying to say. You've got the same hopes and dreams as any other... small, brown, furry, marmot that lives in the... a... hole in the ground.

Sure, a 3 year life span is a bit of a bummer, but you give us so much in your brief time here.

All I'm trying to say is there was no disrespect meant.

Enjoy your day. You deserve it.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Freakin' slacker groundhog. If we really do have 6 more weeks of winter, I might just go turn him into groundhog paste myself.

ChicagoLady said...

Officially, General Beauregard Lee of Georgia did NOT see his shadow, so does that mean there's an early spring in the south, but us northerners have deal with six more weeks of winter?

Oh and btw, I'm supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow.

Thanks Phil!!!!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: I'm supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow, too...

I say we should just move to Georgia, then. I could get into going to Braves baseball games; Jeff Francoeur looks damn good in his Braves uniform! ;)

Punxsutawney Phil said...

Blah Blah and Blah - Well you know what Brian. You can say all that and a bag of pellets - my incisors are STILL bigger than yours. What have you gnawed on lately? OH I thought so? Degrade me to a tasty, spreadable mixture of meat, fat and pastes would you? Well let me tell you - The next time Winter comes and doesn't go away DON'T come looking for Punxsutawney Phil! He is on a permanent Sabbatical!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Damn! You are one feisty groundhog, Phil! ;)

Brian said...

"You can say all that and a bag of pellets..."

That rocked.

I'm still crackn' up.

Damn that was funny.