Thursday, May 25, 2006

Flipping Out

I forgot until the other day how much I used to enjoy the little ditties of Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein. I especially his grook called "A Psychological Tip" about how to make decisions by flipping a coin. It's a surprisingly helpful strategy.


Anonymous daz said...

Same here! Alas, my Grooks books are in storage far away. But here's a website that has a large collection of them:

5:29 PM  
Anonymous daz said...

P.S. Here's a word question: Until about a year ago, I'd always thought a "ditty" is a small, light poem.

But according to the Eleventh Collegiate, it's a song.

I'm glad to see Martha also uses ditty to mean poem. But . . . what's the story here?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Huh. Lookd likr you're right, Daz - acc to American Heritage it's from Middle English dite, "a literary composition." But somewhere along the way when the rest of us weren't looking, they added music!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Ooo, and tx for the Grooks link. I've never met anyone else who knew what I was talking about!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh, fun! I didn't know grook OR that he was the original "just flip a coin" guy. I use the just-flip method all the time.

12:45 PM  

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