Monday, November 3, 2008

Willow's Weekly Word


CHAD is sometimes suggested as a humorous acronym for
"Card Hole Aggregate Debris". The origin of the term chad is
uncertain. Patent documents from the 1930s and 1940s show
the word chad, often in reference to telegraphy tape. The plural
chads is attested from about 1940. Chad is likely derived from
the Scottish name for river gravel, chad or the British slang for
louse or chat. An old joke says that Saint Chad is the patron saint
of disputed elections! So, there you have it my bloggy friends.
Let's hope and pray this election is not a disputed one!

To make democracy work, we must be a nation of
participants, not simply observers. One who does not
vote has no right to complain. Louis L'Amour
.
info from Wikipedia

31 comments:

  1. Yes, let's hope.

    You go, Louis L'Amour. Participation is the key.

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  2. Amen to Loui! Interesting post....lets hope we don't have the hanging chad problem tomorrow!

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  3. The man in the picture....we laugh every time we see him! He's been on the news in these clips a lot in the last few weeks.

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  4. Good one Willow! :o) We're all praying fervently for no hanging CHADS, real or imagined. I'm sure *they* will complain (again) no matter what the outcome.

    Miles of Smiles From Gawga ♥ ∞

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  5. Wake me when it's over...I'm afraid to look.

    Holding breath...s

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  6. hi willow, i'm here again... this post is very informative. :)

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  7. Ahhh...Audrey in your sidebar.
    Life is Good after all. :)

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  8. I love that quote! My fingers are crossed!

    Willow, Blicky has a little something for you over at the Blicky homestead....

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  9. your new header photo is just wonderful. it makes me want to bet here hanging out with that delightful group of girls!! of course, i want to be seven when i'm with them!!

    can't wait to vote!!

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  10. My nails are bitten and I can't sleep... I'm sending prayers to every god and goddess known to humankind, just to be on the safe side!

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  11. Cute photo, et good information, Lady Willow !

    See You later !

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  12. Looks like there'll be a few more participants this time, from what we hear. Fingers crossed!

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  13. Perfect Weekly Word for Election day! Being from "chadland", I naturally get the willies everytime I hear the word. If I find out there is ONE HANGING CHAD here in FL while the votes are being counted I shall submerse myself in a vat of leftover Halloween candy. I'll be hanging out at the polls today! See you there!

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  14. Just off to vote!
    Your son looks a delight.
    Loved the photo with the dog.
    Here's hoping..............did you see the New Yorker's cover?......light at the end of the tunnel

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  15. That Louis L'Amour could get real Western at times. I love your word days, I don't have to get so in touch with my feminine side. Pappy

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  16. Well,you learn something every day.

    For the life of me, I could never spell Louis L'Amour.

    My favourite writer of dusters when I was a kid.

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  17. Hey, now, Pappy, I wouldn't exactly say that my blog is all hearts and teddy bears! ;^)

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  18. This was great for chuckle! A very appropriate weekly word... and just the other day I was wondering exactly where the term "chad" originated.

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  19. Amen! Let's hope it is a decisive win.

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  20. Amen to that ... I have always said that .. if you dont vote .. SHUT UP

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  21. hopeful for a quick resolve!

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  22. So true--love the quotation. I'm feeling anxious, and will be so glad when all the campaigning is over. Crossing fingers and toes.

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  23. It would be nice if we could have voted on going or not going to war in Iraq. And we have a lot of other things I would like to vote on as I do not trust our government or the elected officials in power. I hope this election will change all of that. If might and then it might not. I just never want to see another Bush put into office by the Supreme Court.

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  24. I hope whoever wins may be a good steward. I do hsve my doubts of this being possible with one of the,

    Willow, your header smacks of wartime England and the great drive for every scrap of paper to be collected for recycling,,, but then, your'e too young to know.

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  25. Good luck with your elections and may the national results reflect your own preferences.
    Meanwhile I'm tagging you, if you haven't been so tagged already.

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  26. Wonderful entymology on "chad." of is that the study of insects?
    Aloha from Waikiki~

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  27. At one time, I read lots of Louis L'Amour novels. He tried to show the West in a realistic way.

    One expression he said the Native Americans used to say was "Many men look but few men see." I have often thought that is very true.

    Take care.

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  28. That quote really spoke to me too! I used it as well. I am so thankful that we do not have to live through any court decisions today.

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  29. Oh, I felt like "Sweet Repose",
    I was afraid to feel or hope anything, before the votes were counted.

    I love the Edna poem. She sure last night she would have burned the midnight candle, on both ends if necessary! ;-)

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  30. Yes, we sure did, and it gave a lovely light!! :)

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)