Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What About Chris Christie's Chances for 2016?

Dear Madame L,

I know you don't live in New Jersey or New York, but what do you think about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's closing (or his staff's closing) of the George Washington Bridge, apparently for political payback?

And do you think he would be a good presidential candidate for the Republicans in 2016?


Well, Not That Sincerely

Dear Insincere,

Madame L was pretty sure the Republicans would find a way to jettison Gov. Christie well before the pre-2016 battles really got going. But, well, he seems to have done it to himself, didn't he.

No further commentary needed:


Madame L, AKA Your Friend in Anti-Transparently-Faux Conservatism

P.S. BTW, Madame L is SERIOUSLY considering not getting so taken up with politics with the upcoming elections. It just wore her out last time.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Dear Readers,

Check out this wonderful answer to a basic question about "girl code" by one of Madame L's favorite advice writers, E. Jean:

First, the Basic Lady Code: 
Here’s the BLC—Basic Lady Code: Never hate a woman you’ve never met, never date a friend’s ex, never reveal another female’s secret, never leave an inebriated friend alone at a bar, never invite a friend’s enemy to a party, never dine alone with a friend’s boyfriend (unless it’s his last meal and he’s being shot at dawn).
Follow this link to read about the AWC---Advanced Woman Code.


Madame L

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weird Word of the Week: Curtsey

Madame L found this word in an article about people disappointed that they'd driven 35 miles so their daughter could curtsey to Queen Elizabeth and hand her a small bouquet of flowers.

Apparently the queen is disappointing not just small children and their parents, but also dog owner and daughter-in-law Kate (though probably not the dog, named Lupo, itself,  who is probably quite happy at not being included in parties at the queen's abode [now there's another weird word, eh!---try saying that 20 times in a row, fast, without falling off your chair laughing]).

Wikipedia tells us that "curtsey" is "a traditional gesture of greeting, in which a girl or woman bends her knees while bowing her head. It is the female equivalent of male bowing in Western cultures."

Also, it can be spelled "curtsy" as well as "courtesy," and is "a phonological change from 'courtesy' known ... as syncope."

Also, it represents a lowering of an inferior to a superior human being, as in a subject showing obeisance to a king or queen, which is why when Americans are so often derided when they perform this act toward a member of the British royalty.

Likewise, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2011 left the queen appalled when she refused to curtsey to her. 

And remember hearing in 2012 that Kate, she with the uninvited dog Lupo, has to curtsey to "her husband's younger cousins" because they are "royals" and she is a "commoner"?

Aren't you glad you live in America, or Australia, or anywhere besides England!