Historicality!!

I love making up words. I think I enjoy it because English is my second language, and it was a challenge for me to learn it. And what better day to come with a new word than on Dr. Seuss’ birthday?? The man had a gift for brevity, and a beautiful soul to show for it.

“It has often been said
there’s so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That’s why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader’s relief is.

And that’s why your books
have such power and strength.
You publish with shorth!
(Shorth is better than length.)”
― Dr. Seuss

It is also Texas Independence Day! On this day, Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence, effectively telling Mexico that Texas was free from tyranny. It is also the birthday of General Sam Houston, who is rumored to have wanted the ratification of the document on his birthday. What a way to celebrate!!

Long may she wave!!

And as a short aside, today also marks the day that Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship by President Woodrow Wilson. So if not for that, my path to being a Texan in love with Seussian wordsmanshippery  would not have happened. I hope y’all have enjoyed this little tribute to some wonderlyful historicality 🙂

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About LC Aggie Sith

Machete-wielding zombie killer when not a stay-at-home mom. View all posts by LC Aggie Sith

13 responses to “Historicality!!

  • Lizard

    I love Dr. Seuss’ but hate what they have done with the books in the movies 🙂

  • flyoverhere

    I did enjoy it and thanks for posting!

  • flyoverhere

    Texanism…..don’t squat on yer spurs

  • singlewhitealcoholicseekssame

    So as a former Puerto Rican, how do you feel about PR and it’s place in this country? I admit to being woefully uneducated on this subject, but it seems that every time I hear Puerto Rico in the news it’s either someone arguing it should be made a state or someone arguing it should gain independence. Where do most Puerto Ricans stand. And, more importantly, where does this briliany PuertoRican-Texan stand???

    • singlewhitealcoholicseekssame

      *its
      *?
      *brilliant
      Some days I feel like I never learned to type!

    • LC Aggie Sith

      HAHAHA!!!

      Well, to answer your question, there are three “camps”: the ones that want statehood, the ones that want independence, and the ones that want to keep the status quo.

      The first camp wants the full rights of citizenship granted by the Constitution. A lot of people don’t know this, but PR is granted citizenship status by virtue of Congress, which means it can be taken away. This is why no Puerto Rican born there of PR parents born there can ever be President. It’s an admirable sentiment, but one that if it does come to pass, will prove hard, which I’ll explain in a few.

      The second camp wants independence. I can honestly say, most still resent being “owned” by the US. My uncle among them 😉 They want nothing to do with the US, because they feel we were bought like slaves from the Spanish. Independence would be disastrous.

      • LC Aggie Sith

        The third camp includes most Puerto Ricans. They don’t want things to change. Why? Because it is now a “welfare state”. PR gets the benefits of statehood without having the burden of taxation. A lot of major corporations have bases there, and if it were to become a state, those corporations would leave, since it would no longer be a tax haven for them. With statehood or independence comes taxation, and loss of welfare money. Puerto Rico thrives on tourism, true, but their infrastructure relies heavily on the US and companies.

        When Roosevelt Roads was closed, they suffered a 25% hit on the economy of the whole ISLAND. Imagine if all of the US-based corporations still there would leave.

  • rik

    Happy Texas Independence Day Ms. Sith!

  • SOYLENT GREEN

    Happy Historicality Day, LC.

  • The Curtal Friar

    Yeah, I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid, and as an adult, I greatly enjoyed reading all the old stories to my son. And I agree with Lizard, I can’t stand the movies they’ve made lately of Dr. Seuss stories.

    Some of the old cartoons were great, for instance The Lorax, that were faithful enough. But these live action and CGI movies they’ve been making, well, they’re awful.

    Great word, historicality. Gonna have to use it. As well as wonderlyful. 😀

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