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November 23, 2001 - 12:37 p.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
My head hurts. Not as much as it did earlier, before the pot of tea and the bath, but it still hurts. Damn headaches. Wonder how long it'll take me to write *this* entry? I mean, it's only been about 4 hours since I started, and I haven't gotten very far. Case in point...1/2 an hour has passed since that last sentence. Oops. Hmm. I did something exceedingly strange to my taskbar and now I have to finish this in a hurry if I don't want my browser window to go boom. Argh. Hurry, hurry, hurry...damn weird browser thing. This is what happened at
permeable (adj. PER-mee-uh-bul)
: capable of being permeated : penetrable
Permeable has been in use in English since the 15th
century, while its more common relative, the verb permeate, arrived in print only in 1656. Both words are derived from the Latin verb permeare, which means to go or pass through. Permeare is formed by combining the prefix per-, meaning through, and meare, meaning to go, pass. (Per- also gave us pervious, a synonym of permeable, and pervade, which is synonymous with permeate.) Both permeable and permeate still retain the original Latin idea of passing through. Permeable has developed a specific sense of having pores or openings that allow liquids or gases to pass through (as in a permeable membrane). Likewise, permeate can mean to pass through the pores of.
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