Tuesday, 24 January 2012

calendarize or calendarise?

In our local library today I heard a new word in use. One librarian said to another that he would ' 'recalendarise it'.

The meaning seemed obvious from the context. I thought he was going to rearrange a schedule. I've just checked online for a definition and found calendarize at Urban Dictionary:
1. calendarize
To add a scheduled event to a planning calendar, so that it may serve as a future reminder.
A friend invited me a to a party he is holding in a few weeks. I calendarized it so that I would not forget.

2. calendarize
(V): The action of placing an event or occurrence onto a calendar.
I need to calendarize my dentist appointment.
Given that the speaker had an Australian accent, I would prefer to find calendarise, but I've had no luck with that one. Writers Events did have a definition, but it wasn't of the sense in which I heard it used in the library.
1. accounting.
To divide (eg a budget) into equal units of time, usually months, within a year.
Etymology: 20c.
My first reaction was that it's a horrible word, and that he could have simply used reschedule. On second thoughts, however, I'd have to say that recalendarise has a slightly different tone to it, because it gives me an impression of modern technologies in action. When I heard it I assumed he was going to do something on a computer. Also, schedule doesn't have the extra meaning of noting the date on a calendar.

Friday, 6 January 2012

colly birds and wollemi pines on the last day of Christmas

Tonight we'll take the decorations off our Christmas tree, because we follow the tradition that on the 6th of January Christmas is over. It's a Wollemi pine, and we are happy to grow an amazing tree that dates back to prehistoric times and was thought to be extinct until its recent discovery.

I once heard this is the only Christmas tree available for Melbourne that actually enjoys being inside the house. And I've been surprised to see how true that is. It's been out in the garden since last December and was starting to look a bit sad. In this photo you can see the scorch marks on the leaves.

But now that it's inside it is sprouting fresh new growth. So it will stay in the house for a few months and get some tlc.

While I was taking the decorations off the tree the refrain of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' started running through my head and now I can't stop myself singing 'Five go-old rings'. I did read that some versions sing golden rings, so that you don't have to hang onto that note in 'gold', but that's not the version I learned.

Likewise I sing four colly birds, not four calling birds - as in the clip I linked to above - and I got to wondering whether my version was the older one and what a colly bird is.

Once I discovered that the word means a blackbird, all became clear! I began to see the connection with the color black. A colliery is a place where coal is mined, and coal is black.

And in wandering around I came across a suggestion that border collie dogs might be so called because they herded black-faced sheep - or because the dogs themselves were black.

Dogbreedinfo.com says:
The breed's name probably comes from its charge; the Scottish black-faced sheep called the Colley.
But I guess I had better leave discussions of dogs to my other blog.