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January 14th, 2002 - 12:51 a.m.

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I shouldn't be updating, I should either be reading something or writing something (else). However, I'm procrastinating instead. Oops. Oh well, not like me procrastinating is anything new or unusual. I only do it all the frigging time. Know how I said gaining a tv would be detrimental to my study habits? Well, I think I was right. What have I done today? Okay, so I *did* read before I turned on the tv, but I didn't read everything I was supposed to. And what have I been doing since then? Well, I watched some reruns of SNL while reading for class. Then I switched to watching VH1's Behind the Music. I watched Journey and Styx and ...some other monster rock group that I don't really remember at the moment. Then I went grocery shopping (more about that in another paragraph). Then I ate dinner, watched half of "2001: A Space Travesty." Next I switched to HBO Plus which is still inexplicably working even though I never signed up for it and they're supposed to have everybody switcehd over to either having it or not having it (depending on who subscribed to it) by now and watched "The Art of War" which was really pretty good. Or decent at least. Then, I flipped the channels and for the last hour plus I've been watching the Food Network. I *told* you it was going to be a bad idea. I watched part of Emiril Live or whatever it is, and then I watched the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (Pastry World Cup). Damn is that World Cup thing complicated. The Food Network is making me envious and hungry for pastries. Damn them. Are they *trying* to make me hungry by showing me a succession of incredible looking pastries? Just pastry after pastry after pastry...I think I'm gaining weight just by watching the guy on tv eat them. Boy are these people mean.

Anyway, so I went grocery shopping tonight. I went grocery shopping in my ballet slipper things. It was a rather strange, but interesting experience. I think I'd like my slipper sole to be a bit thicker if I wanted to do that again. The really thin material between my feet and the outside world was really rather odd. It really was an interesting experience. Really.

A Cacophony of German Words

cacophony (n. ka-KAH-fuh-nee)

: harsh or discordant sound : dissonance; specifically : harshness in the sound of words or phrases

Whether they refer to the sound of music or the sound of nails on a chalkboard, words that descend from the Greek word phone are making a lot of noise in English. Why? Because phone means sound or voice. Cacophony comes from a joining of the Greek prefix kak- (bad) with phone, and it essentially means bad sound. Symphony, a word that indicates harmony or agreement in sound, traces to phone and the Greek prefix syn- (together). Polyphony refers to a style of musical composition in which two or more independent melodies are juxtaposed in harmony, and it comes from a combination of phone and the Greek prefix poly- (many). Keep your ears open and you're sure to hear other descendants of phone in English.

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