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Cereal Has Weird Issues Now
February 23rd, 2002 - 10:35 p.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
I really have absolutely nothing to say and this is the second update for today. Oh, all I really wanted to know was what the heck did they do to my Cap'n Crunch cereal? The berries used to be all red and blue and I liked them like that, but now they're weird-looking colors. They're pale green, orange, and yellow. Light yellow too, so they're not the same color as the little rectangular thingys. Weird cereal changes should be banned. Damn them for screwing things up. Doing this, putting marshmellows in Fruit Loops, etc. Bad cereal companies...what were they thinking?!?!
millefleur (adj. meel-FLER)
: having an allover pattern of small flowers and plants
Millefleur came into French from the Latin mille florae and from French directly into English. Although the literal meaning of mille florae is a thousand flowers, it is easy to see how millefleur came to be applied to a style of artistic expression featuring a pattern or background of many tiny flowers. A similarly colorful extension of a thousand flowers can be seen in the word millefiori. That term, which refers to ornamental glass characterized by multicolored flower- like designs, comes from mille fiori, the Italian phrase meaning a thousand flowers.
intoxicate (v. in-TAHK-sih-kayt)
1 : poison
2 a : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished
3: to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy
If you think that alcohol and drugs are poison, the etymology of intoxicate will support your opinion. The earliest meaning of intoxicate was to poison, although that sense is now extremely rare. Not surprisingly, this word can be traced back to the Latin word for poison, which is toxicum. As you may have guessed, other descendants of toxicum in English include toxic (poisonous), intoxicant (something that intoxicates) and detoxify (to remove a poison from), as well as a number of the names for various poisons themselves.
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