I have an irrational fondness for Eastern Bloc Robot Cowboy, myself. Do rights issues prevent the use of cartoon-original characters in the comic? This is not an issue I have looked into, so apologies if it has been asked before.
Yeah, I can use any character that first appeared in the comic, but not the cartoon or live action show. The rights involved are the same reason American Maid and Die Fledermaus were not in the live action show.
What is the coolest animal? Follow-up: What animal is the most annoying?
Coolest animal: possibly the mantis shrimp? It has sixteen color receptors in its eyes compared to our three, and can punch a hole in inch thick glass. And there was a whole thing on RadioLab about it, that’s pretty cool.
Most annoying: my cat Oscar when I am trying to sleep.
"Okay, the british phrase "needs must" meaning that you have to do something you otherwise don’t want to, because circumstances force you.
Comes from “Must needs when the devil drives” which comes from “He must nedys go that the deuell dryves”
WHY does this phrasing make it feel like the words “need” and “must” are completely meaningless? Like, I understand the idiomatic meaning of it as it is, but looking at that sentence I cannot figure out what those words are SUPPOSED to mean, like what they meant back then. “
Great question, Nick!
Since you seem to have discovered the meaning and origin of the phrase, what you seem to need help with is parsing the syntax of the sentence.
I predict the problem is this: you look at the word “needs” and assume it is a verb form, as in “That dude needs to put a shirt on”; or a noun form as in, “But what about MY needs?”
IN FACT NO
In this instance, “needs” is a mostly archaic adverb form meaning “by necessity.” So the original statement means “He whom the devil compels [to verb] must [verb] by necessity.”
I am a socially inept introvert who is easily cowed even by children one third my age and size. Unless you would define cynical pessimism sprinkled with a dash of pathetic, desperate optimism as a bad attitude, in which case that part is true.