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January 17th, 2002 - 1:00 p.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
*Gasp*! She's updating in the daytime...on a Thursday when she's professed to have 8,000 things to do and class for hour upon hour! How can she do it? Well, I'll tell you. The reason why I'm at home at the moment is because my professor didn't show up for my first class. No prior warning, nothing, just no professor. No substitute either. It was really strange, but we all waited about 1/2 an hour before giving up and going away. So I went to the bookstore (more further down), got lunch from dining (I had a strange craving for grape things apparently), and then I came home.
I really hate independent bookstores. They make it virtually impossible to ever return something like a book. I think 'm going to be late for my next class. Not because I need to be, not because I hate the class, but just because I want to see the end of Daria. I told you tv was bad for me.
gauntlet (n. GAWNT-lut or GAHNT-lut)
1 : a protective glove
2 : an open challenge (as to combat)
3 : a dress glove extending above the wrist
Gauntlet comes from the Middle French gantelet, the diminutive of gant, meaning glove. (The gauntlet meaning ordeal or double file of armed men is a different word of a different origin.) Ultimately, gant is of Germanic origin. To throw down the gauntlet means to issue an open challenge. To pick up the gauntlet means to accept an open challenge. These figurative phrases come from the conventions of medieval combat. The gauntlet was the glove of a suit of armor. To challenge someone to combat, a knight would throw his glove at another knight's feet. The second knight would take it up if he intended to accept the challenge, in which case a jousting match might ensue.
I still think that frigorific thing is hilarious. And Britney Spears needs to go away...very, very away.
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