Saturday, January 23, 2010

Learning stuff

I really like to open a good dictionary to almost any page and find a cool word. This time, it took me all the way to the end of the page to find it: "feculent." From now on, we must not tell fools that they are "full of #%$@." Oh, no. We are way tool cool for that. Now, enlightened as we are, we shall just suggest that such fools are "feculent."

Heh. Don't you love Middle English via the Latin "faeculentus" and the French "faec-" or "faex?" (Feculent, if you haven't figured it out, means "foul with impurities: Fecal.")

Warning, kids: Don't open a dictionary or your parents might freak. I can remember when one of my grade-school classmates found "ain't" in a dictionary. Shocked, but giggling a whole lot, we spread the news across the playground like wildfire through a California drought. Were we misbehaving? Ain't no way. We were learning stuff.

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