By elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. -George Carlin
Question #92729 posted on 11/03/2019 10 p.m.

Dear friends,

Will you pick a fun word and invent a wacky backstory for it?

-Folk etymologies


Dear Puff the Magic Etymology,

See my response to Board Question #87366.

-Frère Rubik, checking in


Dear folks,

Here's a wacky backstory for the word "lord." It comes from an Old English word "hlafweard" meaning loaf guard.

Oh wait, that's the actual etymology for the word "lord," not a wacky backstory I invented? Wild. (I learned this one recently, and maybe it's just me, but imagine reading Matthew 7:21: "Not every one that saith unto me, loaf guard, loaf guard, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." I think that's hilarious.)

I won't pain you with any of the terrible fake etymologies I came up with while trying to answer this question, but here are some other wacky but true etymologies if you're interested.



Question #92698 posted on 11/03/2019 10 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Stephanie Smith recorded two EFY songs: Silver Lining (2014) and Miracle (2015). She's apparently an extremely talented musician. I would guess that she's written and performed a lot of songs, by the sound of her music, but those are the only two songs I've found that I can say with certainty are sung by her.

Is she hoping to release more songs?

I don't know anywhere I can find information about her in order to find out, so I'm hopeful that one of you has connections or something. Maybe there's an EFY historian somewhere on campus.



Dear Up&Up, 

Stephanie Smith and Stephanie Mabey are the same person! I have this confirmed by a person that produced the EFY albums. 

Spotify has her 2007 album Waves under Stephanie Smith, then the two EFY singles you mentioned can only be found with the EFY albums. However, Stephanie Mabey is definitely out there making music still. In fact, "The Zombie Song" got pretty famous. She's also got an EP that released in 2016, a song ("Stop Motion") and a feature on a song called "Erase You" that released in 2018. Keep your eye out for future releases. 

Also, fun fact, she's the composer for David Archuleta's "Glorious". 

She went to Provo's Goth Prom last week, played The Buzzards and Bees, and is pretty active on Instagram (@stephaniemabey) 

Go forth and listen!