In other words…

28 Jan

January 28, 2014

Architects are not known for their grammar. Mainly they grunt, with a flat pencil gripped between their teeth. But I think they should speak up a little more, since they could really help out the lexicon.

You’ve all heard the expression “as long as you live under my roof… ,” and I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of “it won’t leave these four walls.” But what about the floor? Wouldn’t it be just as accurate to say “as long as you live on top of my floor?” Or if you have someone in your basement, how about “as long as you are on top of my foundation?” I’m sure architects can do a lot to spice up English. What about an expression featuring joists? A witty pun on the flying buttress? How about a simple exclamation centered around the insulating properties of fiberglass? Heck, I’d settle for a simple spackle saying.

Get a move on, architects. We need you.

Let's face it. Mike Brady wasn't much of an architect....

Let’s face it. Mike Brady wasn’t much of an architect….

...but he had a heck of a perm.

…but he had a heck of a perm.

 

 

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6 Responses to “In other words…”

  1. zathra January 28, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Funny you should do this posting tonight. I’ve been watching ” Treehouse Masters ” on Animal Planet. This guy & his crew specialize in tree house architecture. He’s a little hippy – dippy about it, not a whole lot of traditional engineering jargon, but he & his crew seem to enjoy their work. He’s a bit like the Lorax with an engineering / architectural degree. 🙂

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    • bmj2k January 28, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      I’ve seen that show and their builds are amazing. But it can’t watch that show because it is full of people just wasting money on nonsense like giant treehouses.

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      • zathra January 28, 2014 at 9:23 am #

        O.K., Granted some of them may be oversized playhouses for people with truckloads of money to throw around willy – nilly, but they did do a repair job on a treehouse SCHOOL ( Montessori – type place ), & a unique grief – recovery center built by a family in memory of a 6 – yr. old son.

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        • bmj2k January 28, 2014 at 9:55 am #

          Good for them. I’ve got nothing against the guys or their business, just some of their clients. And I don’t begrudge anyone their cash- more power to them, wish I had it- but sometime the conspicuous waste is too much.

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          • zathra January 28, 2014 at 10:02 am #

            What about reports of Ashton Kutcher & his deluxe trailer – within – a trailer ( part of his negotiations for joining the cast of ” Two & a Half Men “. Ah, Hollyweird. Decadent !

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            • bmj2k January 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

              Yes, and Will Smith had one just as bad (or worse- it had a gym, a studio, two or three floors) but his was blocking a huge chunk of a residential street when he filmed something in NYC last year.

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