And my cat is obviously my *other* laptop. Geez. Hubby has relocated her ot his lap for snoozing and cuddles. It's all of 50*F outside, so obviously she'll freeze in the house. Sorry, Dahlia. Dixie is also my cat and is on the porch watching the world go by in 50*F weather, no issues. (It helps I have good cat beds out there...)
No idea why I used 'Whither thou?' other than.. I haven't used it before. "To what place" is its meaning. Adverb. "Whiter goest thou?" sort of thing.
So where goest thou today?
In case you aren't baffled by English enough?
The original meaning of "learn" was "teach". Yep. And "let" was "hinder". We switched meanings sometime after 1500 at latest, but the archaic meanign still crops up, particularly in rural dialects. (Think of movies where some old man cackles, "That'll larn ya!" meaning 'That'll learn you', meaning 'That'll teach you'.)
"Let" switched earlier, probably, but in Old English (think Beowulf and all that, say, 1000 years ago!), it was "lettan" or "block/prevent/hinder". Of course, it now also means "to rent out", so there you go. One word, many ways to use it. English confuses for a reason!
At one point, "natural" meant either born out of wedlock or born with impaired intelligence/cognition.
We still occasionally see "receipt" to mean "recipe". No idea how that came about, btw, as it derives from "received". Actually, both do. Recipe is a different form of the same root word, meaning "Receive!" (as in an order, receive this!), whereas receipt means, well, "received". As in... this slip of paper proves you received the goods.
"Breech" meant, at one point, "backside". Ironically, th esingular at one point meant the same as "breeches" came to mean: something covering your assets! No idea why that flipped a bit circa Shakespeare, but it did. So from meaning "covers your backside" a breech became your backside, which you covered with... breeches. (Oh, and a breech birth is... uh... wel,l actually any that's not head-first, really...)
And if you see this, no, it's not a neologism: Circumjacent. It means: Adjacent. Why? Well, they're basically both from the same Latin root word, and one means "near to" and one means "to". "Lying near" (circumjacent) was popular briefly, and "near to" (adjacent) has stuck around since a lot earlier, so go figure. Odds are, someone at Oxford U in England decided to polish the language and made life more difficult for everyone.
I must feel archaic now, and prepare for today's temp drop. Possibloy 35*F difference between 3 PM and midnight. Ow ow ow....
Good morning!Dixie's behavior was off this morning. She didn't try to boss anything. Hmm...Hubby has a nasty upper respirtatory virus. And, of course, since he has that stupid weird blood cancer disease lurking in the background... Every sniffle is a potential panic attack. Nice hot teas, homemade soups, etc., already in action. (BTW, ginger and a bit of orage juice with a scratch of orange peel...