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Oprah Winfrey Needs To Give My Money Back!

November 19, 2001 - 5:37 a.m.

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I've got this weird thing going where I'm tired, but I'm not tired. I don't know what's up with that. No one else seems to know either, which doesn't help at all. I don't know what I'm doing. Things are all weird. I have nothing to talk about. I didn't go see the meteor thingy. In fact, I probably went out of my way to *not* see it. I think about the time the meteors were supposed to be shooting their way across the heavens I was in the basement watching a few movies. I watched both Gremlins 2 and Heathers. I think I need to see Heathers a few more times in order to understand what they were trying to convey with their movie. I did notice however, that the same guy who plays Otho in Beetlejuice is also the priest in Heathers. I wonder if he just always did roles like that? The fact that there's cow-tipping in Ohio amuses me to no end, btw.

Don't Be Rankled Just Because You Don't Like the Etymology

etymology (n. eh-tuh-MAH-luh-jee)

1 : the history of a linguistic form (as a word) shown by tracing its development and relationships

2 : a branch of linguistics dealing with etymologies

If you're a regular Word of the Day reader, you're already familiar with etymologies -- that is, word histories. The etymology of etymology itself is relatively straightforward. Etymon means origin of a word in Latin, and comes from the Greek word etymon, meaning literal meaning of a word according to its origin. Greek etymon in turn comes from etymos, which means true. Be careful not to confuse etymology with the similar sounding entomology -- entomon means insect in Greek, and entomology is the study of bugs.

rankle (v. RANK-ul)

1 : to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness in

2 : to feel anger and irritation

Festering sores. Vile dragons. They're the stuff of nasty medieval legends -- not to mention vital players in the history of the word rankle. When it was first used in English, rankle meant to fester. That meaning is clearly linked to the word's Old French ancestor (a noun spelled variously raoncle, draoncle, or drancle), which meant a festering sore. The dragons come into play in the parentage of that Old French noun -- etymologists think it derived from dracunculus, a diminutive form of draco (the Latin word for serpent and the source of the English word dragon). Apparently, the transition from serpents to sores occurred because people thought certain ulcers or tumors looked like small serpents.

According to my e-mail, the Oprah Winfrey Show Found My Money. That's nice, but I wasn't aware of losing any. And I've never been anywhere near where the Oprah Winfrey Show is taped, so how did they get my money? Did they steal it first so they could claim that they "found" it? How did they get my e-mail address to notify me that they had my money captive? Why didn't they just give it back? Damn you Oprah for stealing my money and then taunting me by letting me know that you had it!

Because I'm a crazy nut, it's now past 8 am. Actually close to 8:30 really. Occasionally, People say things that strike me as incredibly interesting/amusing/something, and so: "Sleep? Brain off, turn? Monkeys, you say!

The right brain is for loading and unloading of ideas. The left brain is for firing logic. Thank you, drive through. Maybe Im missing the middle part."

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