CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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October 6, 2012

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)

Q: "Do the clouds want to chime in on how they think my day went?" (William Keckler)

A: No; however, clouds do want many things:
  1. The clouds want to know what they are. (The Journal of the Anthropological Society of Bombay, 1928)
  2. The clouds want to be your clothes. (Shidao Xu, Origins of Chinese Cuisine, 2003)
  3. The clouds want more elaboration. (Horatio Noble Pym, Odds and Ends at Foxwold, 1887)
  4. The clouds want to hide the sun. (Don Marion Wolfe, Language Arts and Life Patterns, 1972)
  5. The clouds want to rain on the parade; they have intentionality. (Jonathan C. Smith, Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal, 2011)
  6. Clouds want to be fields. (Nichita Stanescu, Wheel with a Single Spoke: and Other Poems, 2012)
  7. The clouds want to play. (Kevin R. Fish, Poetic Justice For Nature, 2004)
  8. In general, clouds want a full baptism in the sea. (Gaius Glenn Atkins, The Godward Side of Life, 1917)
  9. The clouds want to go somewhere. (David Hicks, Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion, 2010)
  10. Clouds want to be platforms. (Curtis Franklin Jr., Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, 2009)
  11. Fragments of clouds want to align. (Paul S. Ropp, Banished Immortal, 2002)
  12. Clouds want to move things around, get a better view where noise comes from. (Devan Malore, The Churning, 2008)
  13. Clouds want to blow in and drop rain. (Marianne Sawicki, Crossing Galilee, 2000)
  14. Our clouds want to mingle and form an even bigger and better cloud. (Sol Gordon, How Can You Tell If You're Really In Love?, 2001)
  15. Clouds want more moisture in order to remain supportive. (Ham Kaima, My Arrogant Friends, 1992)
  16. The clouds want to be smoke circles blown over lips. (A. Van Jordan, Quantum Lyrics: Poems, 2007)
  17. Hovering dark clouds want to flatten the city. (Chinese Idioms and Phrases, 1977)
  18. The clouds want fire from the rocks. (Courtenay Malcolm Batchelor, Folklore, 1952)
  19. All clouds want a talent. (Dow Kump, Scooter's Sparking Stone, 2005)
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