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July 6th, 2001 - 6:18 a.m.

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All I have to say is thank goodness for the save function on this thing, because without it, this entry would be zapped into nothingness. Of course, there wasn't a whole lot here earlier when I saved it, and there still isn't, so it's not like a *Lot* of material would've been destroyed or anything, but still, it's the principle of the thing. I've been thinking...(Uh-oh, watch out, it's always bad when she starts to think (Quiet you!)) as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted by myself, I've been thinking that I might go on hiatus, without announcing it to that hiatus place. I sort of have some ideas floating around in my head for some stories and I would like to take time to write those instead of here. Today,

July 6 is ........ National Fried Chicken Day (Hmm...personally, I like baked better, but one can never account for taste. Enh. I have nothing to say about this day except...Run, Chicken Run!)

The Not-So-Concise Semi-Daily Words:

demarche (n. day-MAHRSH or dih-MAHRSH)

1 a : a course of action : maneuver b : a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver

2 : a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels

When it comes to international diplomacy, the French may not always have the last word -- but they have quite a few, which they've shared with us. Demarche, which in French can mean gait, walk or step, action, is one of the earliest of these. We started using it in the 1600s, first simply in the general sense of a maneuver (a sense still in use), but soon applied specifically in the world of diplomacy. Some of the other diplomacy-related words we've borrowed from French include attache, charge d'affaires, communique, detente, and agrement (a word used frequently in diplomatic parlance for sanction of a diplomatic representative) -- not to mention the words diplomacy and diplomat themselves.

succinct (adj. suk-SINKT or suh-SINKT)

: marked by compact, precise expression without wasted words : concise

Succinct has been used in English since the 15th century. It comes from succinctus, the past participle of the Latin verb succingere, meaning to gird about or to gather up with a belt. The earliest uses of succinct meant confined or girded up. As such, it was often used in reference to garments encircled by a band or to people confined by such garments. Eventually, succinct was extended to the realm of insects, where it meant "supported by a band of silk around the middle" (as in the succinct pupa of a butterfly). Later, the word was applied to writings. A succinct piece of writing is compressed or compact and uses as few words as possible.

So, now that I've got that out of the way, (and just as a sidenote, the explanation for succinct wasn't, nor was it incredibly coherent to me, but maybe I just need to read it again) back to the important part about me going away. There are a few different options for what happens to this diary when I go away...

1. I can go away and not update until I've finished my stories and things, 2. I can go away, but update once a day or so with "entries" consisting solely of the day, my comment on the day, and the word of the day, plus very rarely any questions or whathaveyou that ends up in my head and won't go away.

3. I can make this a public diary and let anyone who wants to write in it go wild.

4. I can do what I've done previously and allow a few people to write things here at their leisure.

5. I can do something else. What, I don't know, but something else.

So yeah, any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Go put them in the guestbook or on the messageboard or something and I'll be a happy woman.

P.S. There's this terrific storm going on outside. Thunder, lightning, rain, the works. It's wonderful!

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