The schwa, ə, is the vowel sound in many lightly pronounced unaccented syllables in words of more than one syllable. It is sometimes signified by the pronunciation “uh” or symbolized by an upside-down rotated e. The gallery I did an internship with, PCAC at Emerge, uses the schwa in their title and they do the National Schwa Show yearly.

The Mondopoint shoe size system is based on the length and width of the foot in millimetres. Thus a shoe of Mondopoint 260/95 is suitable for a foot of length 260mm and width 95mm. Mondopoint sizes are often only given as the length figure i.e. 260, 280 or 300, the width figure is less commonly used but provides the system with sensible width fitting sizing. Mondopoint is widely used in sizing specialist winter sports footwear such as ski boots and ice skates. It has also been used widely by NATO and other military organizations. Mondopoint has also been adopted by Korea for general shoe sizes, hopefully other countries will follow in the near future, as the system is probably the easiest for ordinary people to use and take accurate measurements without having to resort to specialist sizing equipment.

Long-playing (LP) record albums are 33⅓ rpm vinyl gramophone records (phonograph records), generally either 10 or 12 inches in diameter. They were introduced unsuccessfully by RCA in 1931 and successfully by Columbia in 1948, and served as a primary release format for recorded music until the compact disc began to significantly displace them by beginning of 1988. An extended play (EP) is a vinyl record, Compact Disc, or music download which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify as an LP.

Giclee (pronounced zhee-klay) – The French word “giclée” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”. I have been pronouncing it “jiggly”, as in Jiggly Puff.  Sigh.

Anna Anderson (16 December 1896 – 12 February 1984) was the best known of several impostors who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. The real Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Nicholas II and Alexandra, was murdered with her parents and siblings on 17 July 1918 by Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but the location of her body was unknown.

Neil Diamond’s song Cracklin’ Rosie is actually about a type of wine drunk by a native Canadian tribe that Diamond had visited in Canada. I thought it was about a certain type of woman. It was one of my favorite oldies songs as a kid. I remember listening to the oldies station 93.1 on our very old little green radio. I used to call into the station and request songs. One time I requested, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Franky Valli  and dedicated to my bassethound Freckles. They played my request and that it was for my dog and I just ran around my room screaming and jumping. Good times!

I have discovered the names of two movies that used to scare the bejesus out of me when I a kid. One is an old 1988 film called The Lady in White and I remember watching it one day at my after-school care. Scared me good. The second movie was brought back to my attention this past Halloween by Keith’s brother’s family. They started playing a movie called Something Wicked this Way Comes and sure enough it was the other movie that gave me nightmares!

Intaglio is pronounced in-tal-ee-oh, not in-TAG-leo. I was a little disappointed when they said it the wrong way in a CSI: Miami episode.

Exquisite corpse (also known as “exquisite cadaver” or “rotating corpse”) is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. I vaguely remember doing this project in grade school but had forgotten about it until a recent assignment in a photography class.

In 2007 Rick Astley became the subject of a viral Internet meme in which an estimated 25 million Internet users were tricked into watching Rick Astley’s video “Never Gonna Give You Up” by posting it under the name of other popular video titles. The practice is now known as Rickrolling.

Thanks to a recent episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, I discovered the name Carl Gustav Jung. Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. What really intrigued me was the mention of his book, a personal journal that was only recently published in 2009. It is simply titled Red Book and after seeing just a quick look at an illustration in the show, I did a little research into it. I would love to be able to look through this book but that chance is looking slim to nil. I’ll keep track of it’s exhibition locations though. You can buy a collectible first edition on Amazon for a scant $3,500! Here’s an interesting article I found on the book and its’ author:  The Holy Grail of the Unconscious.