- So you read the news, instead of being a happy ostrich,
- My slovenly ways, justified once again …
- Serious on a Sunday? Just for a moment of your time …
- Never afraid to let someone else do the heavy lifting …
- Like a hot potato, the remaindered books smoulder in my den …
- Sleep deprivation experiment, day four: IQ matches temperature
- Have you ever reluctantly phoned an Aunt to thank her for a mysteriously ugly sweater
- Canada is a very boring place, thank god … he said it, not me!
- Even more banal than the weather, we bring you Family Day
- And then nothing much happened … and it was good
Word of the Day
Boy, once you know they are out there, you find them under every rock or nascent swelling. Another inchoate verb, which shot it into WoD status, as did the definition containing a word I don't think I knew, tumid, as well as it not being quite the word I thought it was:
tu·mes·cent (to̅o̅-mĕs′ənt, tyo̅o̅) adj.
1. Somewhat tumid. [Presumably meaning swollen [yes, indeed, see below], so thanks a lot, but thanks a little for a new word that will help make my writing even more impenetrable.]
2. Becoming swollen; swelling.
[From Latin, tumēscēns, tumēscent, present participle of tumēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of tumēre, to swell.]
tu·mid (to̅o̅′mĭd, tyo̅o̅′-) adj.
1. Swollen; distended. Used of a body part or organ. [Perhaps these words will help someone write a particular screen play.]
2. Of a bulging shape; protuberant.
3. Overblown; bombastic: tumid political prose. [Something Clinton must have been good at: "Let me show you my tumid member, it is in the oval orifice, I mean office ..."]
[From Latin, tumidus, from tumēre, to swell.]
tu′mid·ly adv. [Really? I get the noun: its tumidity was astounding. But an adverb? It tumidly rolled down the hill, threatening all below? Said of what? How to use it without redundancy? It tumidly grew? Oh well, best to avoid it now that you know it.
Song of the Day
Having gotten away with one Lyle Lovett song, here's another that might be the first song of his I liked, Here I Am:
And although he is a little obnoxious at the beginning, Kurt Browning was one remarkable Canadian skater, not just because he was not gay, but because he actually made figure skating fun and cool for two seconds. Here he is, skating to Here I Am:
Mouse Goes to the Bank Episode 2
Weather for Ottawa Today Monday TuesdayPartly Cloudy-3°/-6°Chance of Snow2°/-1°Partly Cloudy4°/-9°
Is anybody out there?
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