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April 4th, 2001 - 2:23 p.m.

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This is going to be a quick one. I haven't time for anything more. It's still April 4th, so there is no new day thing.

Yet Another Word of the Day

quixotic [adj. kwik-is-goot]

To understand the word quixotic, it helps to know who Don Quixote was. Cervantes created this fictional character in the 1600s. His novel Don Quixote of La Mancha was published in two parts in 1605 and 1615.

Don Quixote was a romantic old gentleman who believed himself to be a knight. He was prone to flights of fancy and is best-known for loving a scullery maid as his Lady Dulcinea and for charging with his lance at windmills that he thought were giants. Since the 19th century, to be quixotic has meant to be like this famous literary character: extravagantly chivalrous, romantic, or idealistic. Or it can mean capricious, impulsive, and deluded. A quixotic pursuit is generally a bold and romantic one, but also unrealistic.

So, the question one must ask oneself is, why are you updating again? It probably hasn't been that long since my last update and it's even the second one today, which is a bit unusual. Well, besides the fact that there's a NEW Poll which you should bloody well go take, I had something I wanted to ask/comment on. And anytime I get to use one of my words is a good thing. So, moving on.

At lunch today, I saw the NY Times Crossword Puzzle. I looked at it a bit, seeing which clues I could do in my head immediately, and I saw "____ We Trust." Of course, I thought of the phrase, "In God We Trust," which is printed on all US money. For some reason, I find this incredibly peculiar. I mean, for a country where one of the founding tenents is seperation of Church & State, doesn't it strike Anyone as strange that they stamp "In God We Trust" on every piece of money they have? For one thing, considering that as a nation we're supposed to be big on tolerance and acceptance and religious freedom, the phrase seems oddly out of place. I mean, for one, it assumes that everyone either believes in 1 god rather than many gods or no god at all, which seems to lean toward everyone is Christian or Muslim (monotheistic religions...whee.) Also, who is the "we" the phrase is referring to? The State? If so, that would be rather bad, since the state's not supposed to have a religion. Also, no "we" is going to cover the entire population. Native Americans, for example, don't exactly believe in "God". Spirits, yes, God, not exactly. So who is being excluded by the use of that word? Also, didn't they strike out the words "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance? And no prayer in school either...these things were probably lobbied to be changed to the way they are today. So has anyone ever lobbied Congress to take that phrase off printed money? Why or why not? And when? Just some things I was wondering. I have to go now. Bye! (Why can't every day be "Don't Go to Work unless it's Fun Day?")

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