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I Need A Clone

January 8th, 2002 - 4:21 a.m.

I'm Currently Avoiding:

Hmm. Guess it's time to update, or not really update, again. I suppose I could just tell you to go read this instead of actually throwing up an entry. In fact, that's just about what I'm going to do...unless this manages to surprise me and I end up writing a real entry anyway. In reality, I should be in bed. Seeing as how I have class at 10:30 tomorrow/this morning, which is the earliest I've had a class in about 2 years. And it's now a quarter to four, which means the time before I have to be awake is slowly ticking away. Darn time for continuing to move when I want as much sleep as possible. I need a clone or something.

It finally snowed today. Took it long enough. I swear, I was dragging the snow with me here and that's why it snowed. It was just waiting for me to make an appearance before it decided to snow here. It wasn't terribly fun to go through. I fully expect my computer to restart itself without warning me any time now. Oh look, after 4 am now. Frig. Damn time. Also, I went to the bookstore today, just like hundreds of other people who were there for the same reason. But I didn't buy anything there, I was just going to see if they had anything I needed. They do, about $35 worth of novels for this one class, but I decided not to buy them just yet. I just didn't want to stand in line for 20 minutes or so to buy them. Besides, I haven't even had that class yet, so I don't need to be there. So instead, I went to a second bookstore, looked at the classes they had there and didn't find the other two courses I'm taking there. Then I went to a *third* bookstore and looked there while spending nearly $150 on books for a different class. They didn't have those two classes either, so either I'm taking two bookless classes (highly bloody unlikely), or there's only a bulkpack (I hope not...bulkpacks are evil), or perhaps as a third option, they just haven't gotten the books in yet or something and I have to go looking for them. That third option isn't terribly pleasant either, but at least it would be better than two really frigging huge bulkpacks.

Gloming Onto Things Creates Melanges

glom (v. GLAHM)

1 : take, steal

2 : seize, catch

It's a classic case of glomming. Americans seized on

glaum (a term from Scots dialect that basically means grab) and appropriated it as our own, changing it to glom in the process. Glom first meant steal (as in the purse-snatching, robber kind of stealing), but over time that meaning got stretched. Today, glom often figuratively extends that original steal sense. A busy professional might glom a weekend getaway, for example. Glom also appears frequently in the phrase glom on to, which can mean to appropriate for one's own use (glom on to another's idea); to grab hold of (glom on to the last cookie); or to latch on to (glom on to an opinion or glom on to an influential friend).

melange (n. may-LAHNZH or may-LAHNJ)

: a mixture often of incongruous elements

Melange got mixed into the melting pot of English back in the 1600s. It derives from the Middle French verb mesler, which means to mix. Melange is actually one of many French contributions to the English body of words for miscellaneous mixtures. Pastiche (meaning a composition made up of selections of different works, or broadly, a disorderly mixture, hodgepodge) is borrowed from French, and medley, potpourri, and hodgepodge all have roots in French too. There's also the lesser known gallimaufry (meaning hodgepodge), which comes from the Middle French galimafree (meaning stew).

That's it. I am *so* posting this now. I don't want to write anymore. Damn early hours. I definately need a clone who'll go to class for me. Unfortunately, chances are that if I had one, she'd hate mornings just as much as I do.

As a rather random sidenote, Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" has been stuck in my head on and off all day due to me hearing it twice just before going away from the radio to do something else.



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