Snow Patrol's "Open Your Eyes" is playing in the background.
Maybe I should turn it off. But I think that's what I do with a lot of things in my life. Too many things.
I turn them off.
That makes me sad. A deep, blue, melancholy kind of sad.
vivify \VIV-uh-fy\, transitive verb:Eg. "Boy, being engaged sure has vivified me!" --Stephanie
1. To endue with life; to make alive; to animate.
2. To make more lively or intense.
impregnable \im-PREG-nuh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Not capable of being stormed or taken by assault; unconquerable; as, an impregnable fortress.
2. Difficult or impossible to overcome or refute successfully; beyond question or criticism; as, an impregnable argument.
satiety \suh-TY-uh-tee\, noun:It's a fun word to say, too, so it gets my vote for the week's best. And, with luck, it's how you will feel after reading this fantastic post. So don't hold back. Embrace someone close to you. Revel in the discovery of this new addition to your vocabulary.
1. The state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
Pyrrhic victory \PIR-ik\, noun:Go forth, friends, and spread the word(s).
1. A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.
I have often said that the sole cause of a man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room…. The only good thing for men therefore is to be diverted from thinking of what they are, either by some occupation which takes their mind off it, or by some novel and agreeable passion which keeps them busy, like gambling, hunting, some absorbing show, in short by what is called diversion.
That is why gaming and feminine society, war and high office are so popular. It is not that they really bring happiness, nor that anyone imagines that true bliss comes from possessing the money to be won at gaming or the hare that is hunted: no one would take it as a gift. What people want is not the easy peaceful life that allows us to think of our unhappy condition, nor the dangers of war, nor the burdens of office, but the agitation that takes our mind off it and diverts us. That is why we prefer the hunt to the capture.
That is why men are so fond of the hustle and bustle; that is why prison is such a fearful punishment; that is why the pleasures of solitude are so incomprehensible. That, in fact, is the main joy of being a king, because people are continually trying to divert him and procure him every kind of pleasure. A king is surrounded by people whose only thought is to divert him and stop him thinking about himself, because, king though he is, he becomes unhappy as soon as he thinks about himself.
--Blaise Pascal (1623 — 1662)
"So you're a writer," an examining physician remarked jovially to the late, great novelist Margaret Laurence. "When I retire, I intend to become a writer myself."
To which Margaret replied, cheerfully, "Yes, and when I retire, I intend to become a brain surgeon."
--Pierre Berton, The Joy of Writing
…if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language…Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo’s kidneys, but that didn’t stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book ‘Well That About Wraps It Up For God’.
--Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
cohort \KOH-hort\, noun:Although to be fair, that wasn't exactly a new one to me (don't tell me you've never been arrested and told to give up your cohorts...). So here's another good one that I'd never heard/used before, but, by definition, is something I do a lot (as you will have noticed if you've read anything on this blog, including this very post):
1. A group or band of people.
2. A companion; an associate.
3. A group of people sharing a common statistical factor (as age or membership in a class) in a demographic study.
4. (Roman Antiquity) A body of about 300 to 600 soldiers; the tenth part of a legion.
5. Any group or body of warriors.
maunder \MON-duhr\, intransitive verb:
1. To talk incoherently; to speak in a rambling manner.
2. To wander aimlessly or confusedly.