The incessant questions from my daughter has kicked into gear. Yesterday she caught me short with this one;
“What’s a country?”
My mind automatically does something like this: Noun,
person, place, thing…
My mouth does this:
“It’s a place…defined by physical borders, politics and culture.”
She was silent.
I hope I didn’t break that particular train of thought. I hope I planted a seed instead. I’ve got to get better at this real quick.
adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one’s own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.
As in: “You are too canny to lose this job.”
I’ve always liked this word, and then I looked up the etymology. It’s Scots, of course
1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
Not to be confused with frission
Ne’er do well:
A person who is lazy and irresponsible.
Perfect. Chopped up and cobbled together, just like it ought to.
“Discovering I am the only person in the office who knows what Bukkake is makes me feel like I found a carbuncle on my soul. I spend too much time on the internet.”
I would love to see this word make a comeback, and move closer towards its original meaning…
“When she was brought before Adam, Virago was the name he gave to her; Therefore she is called Virago, For she was made out of the man.”