April 12th, 2009

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Schott's Miscellany 11 April 2009

Frank Sinatra released Strangers in the Night (1966)


GAZUMP & GAZUNDER

GAZUMPING
GAZUNDERING
Where sellers increase the price of a property just before the exchange of contracts, so as to pressure the buyer into paying more.
Where buyers decrease their offer on a property just before the exchange of contracts so as to pressure the seller into accepting less.


The inestimable Oxford English Dictionary traces gazump to the 1920s, and it may be that it derives from the Yiddish gezumph, meaning to swindle or overcharge.


In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made proofreaders.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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my Sunday feeling

Today we're heading over to the Forebearance's for Easter dinner, where I'm told the menu will include:

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I also have a ton of really dull Census work to do in order to finish my current assignment. Once that transmits, I'll get more, presumably. I also need to watch a DVD or two in preparation for scripting the final issue of D'Argo's Lament, which is what I'll be doing most of tomorrow.
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