<phonological_digression>Examples of hate-able-ness
In my youth, hateful meant the first of these two definitions (from the Collins Dictionary of English):
I wonder if, in a country full of speakers of English as a second language, this anomalous definition (as opposed to the many -ful words that have a clear sense of filled-with-<noun>, like careful) the word was readily confused with the very similar-sounding hate-filled [especially if, as is often the case, the /d/ is not fully released]). Not, of course – I suppose I still have to make this clear (although I keep making the same point) – that I'm saying the newer sense is wrong.
- Trump, Farrage et al blithely going around, whether intentionally or not, inciting the sort of violence that claimed the life of Jo Cox;
- as Caitlyn Moran called it in Friday's The Times (referring to Twitterstorms – the sadly predictable avalanches of vitriol and bile provoked by Lily Allen and Gary Lineker's good-hearted expressions of compassion) "denouncing people for being kind"
- threats of death and rape made, criminally, to Gina Miller after her brave and constitutionally impeccable stand
- etc, etc
Stats updateBack in January 2015 I wrote (on the subject of visits per day to this blog
Footfall (eyefall?) has been markedly higher in the first two weeks of 2015: a smidgen under 50 (49.85, as of midday on the 14th).That was then. As I write, in the first 4.5(-ish – as I have said before. these stats are based on an Internet-day, based [presumably] on some arbitrary stretch of 24 hours: maybe PST) days of November, daily visits are averaging about 110 per day. So that growth over the last year (to August 2016) was fairly flat at just over 16,000; until the most recent quarter, when it was just short of 20.000. [Update: Just before midnight UTC on 5 November it was well over 120 per day.]
Update 2016.11.06.15:50 – Added PS
PS Stop Press – Daily Page Views now over 125 and counting.
Update 2016.12.13.15:40 – Added PPS
PPS: Another update: Novembers uptick is continuing; nel mezzo del cammin di nostro Adventu, as Good Ol' Mr terza rima himself might have put it, December's well on the way to matching November. But I have promises to keep etc, learning words for Saturday week.
Update 2016.12.21.16:55– Added PPPS
PPPS Last one, honest :-)
In the last fortnight the blog has gone from cliché to cliché. In the last 3 months there have been nearly 19 thousand page views; and there are several more blogging days left before the month's end. In the previous 12 months there were just over 17½ thousand. An update to the graph is left as an exercise for the reader.