In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Not even close to gruntled

So I was going to ramble on a bit about things that were still pissing me off, but I got a little sidetracked. I thought I was being cute with the subject lined, but did you know there actually is a word 'gruntled'? I assumed it was just one of those cases where a word wasn't the sum of its parts (and god knows english has its share of those). According to webster's:

Main Entry: grun·tle
Pronunciation: 'gr&n-t&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): grun·tled; grun·tling /'gr&nt-li[ng], 'gr&n-t&l-i[ng]/
Etymology: back-formation from disgruntle
: to put in a good humor (were gruntled with a good meal and good conversation -- W. P. Webb)

I like the etymology of the thing. Apparently I'm not the only person who thought that if you can be disgruntled, you should be able to be gruntled too. It just goes to show how the language is changing is weird ways and that it's not even just wholey slang. It reminds me of a t-shirt slogan of english mugging other languages and then going through their pockets for loose grammar. Everything gets incorporated in eventually.

Anyway, back before I got sidetracked I was thinking a bit about the chinese new year, which is tommorrow. Or at least I think it's tommorrow. It's sort of hard to tell with the darn lunar calender and the fact that the celebration might have little to do with the actual day of the week it falls on. It's almost always shifted over to the nearest weekend. 2006 will be the year of the dog and according to the chinese calender it will be the year 4703. Sorta feels a bit creepy to hear that. Gives it a sort of futuristic ring as if we should all be flying around in spaceships armed with phasers.

I wonder if the year of dog will be better than the year of the cock. I doubt it could be much worse. Got pretty fucked in the past 12 months or so. Here's to hoping that things go better this time around.

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