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November 20th, 2001 - 10:49 a.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
Hmm...it's now about 7:45 pm, and the only thing I've got here is the word of the day. Damn am I lazy. I'm about to get lazier too. After having this window open for so long, I'm not even going to do much of an entry. Oh well, I've only got 10 minutes until Buffy comes on anyway.
I kicked leaves on my way to class yesterday. It was fun. Sometimes I forget to enjoy the really simple pleasures. It also felt very funny (I was wearing sandals. And yes, I too realize that the concept of wearing sandals in November is utterly bonkers) on my feet.
beholden (adj. bih-HOAL-dun)
: being under obligation for a favor or gift : indebted
Thereís a mystery in the history of beholden. This
adjective comes from the verb behold, and yet the meaning of behold seems completely unrelated. Behold means to see or to observe, and beholden, an archaic form of the verbís past participle, can of course mean seen or observed (as in "stars beholden by your eyes" -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning). But for more than six centuries, English speakers have also used beholden to mean held under obligation. That meaning may not make much sense as an extension of behold, which has never meant to hold under obligation, but itís a natural enough extension of some older ancestors. Behold itself descends from the prefix be- plus the Old English verb healdan, meaning to hold.
I slept "normal" hours yesterday, meaning it was actually dark out when I was sleeping. I think it was something like 11:30 pm to about 9:30 am...which is on the upper side of the amount of sleep one is "supposed" to get. I don't think I like doing that. I'll have to stop that. Crossword puzzles can be fun. I actually completely finished the NY Times one from yesterday, and I got it all right too. Not only that, but I did it in pen. Oh yeah, that's right, I'm a rebel...a rebel! Ha. Time to go watch Buffy now...update at you later.
Oops...I guess this did end up being an actual diary entry.
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