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See, I told ya . . . [Apr. 1st, 2016|07:23 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Doing crossword puzzles, particularly the NYT & LAT ones, you learn factoids essential to human survival.  I thought from watching the first five seasons, or so, of Bones, that phalanges were fingers.  It didn't occur to me that they might also be toes, but that would have made perfect sense.  Well, in doing one of the Sunday crosswords, there was a clue that said, "Site of phalanges."  Remembering my extensive Bones training, I first thought hand, or hands, but then on seeing that the alloted space was only three letters, I thought arm?  But that didn't work with the surrounding words,  After a while it became obvious that the word was "toe."  Well, okay, I guess, but I thought the toe was a phalange, not the "site of phalanges," though I suppose in a very general sense you could say that.  I didn't know if I was dealing with New Cracker Speak (trailer park English) or if I was missing something.

So, against all odds, I looked it up.  Turns out that phalanges are the individual segments of fingers and/or toes.  Okay, so the crossword was right and I was confused, but now I can use the word phalanges with confidence be it at a cocktail party or in an anatomy class.

Amen, hey baby and all that shit!
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