Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Internet - if nothing else, it'll enrich your vocabulary

Learning the word callipygian, for example, has forever elevated the tone (although admittedly not the content) of my internal discourse at the gym.

And knowing that what I do to the spiders that get trapped in the bathtub is called defenestration, well that's just icing on the cake.


lisa March 25, 2007 10:08 PM  

I learned defenestration at Haverford. I was so taken by it, I still remember where I was and what I was doing, and it was, uh, 14 years ago. (At a night-time pre-final study session in a Bryn Mawr classroom. Prof. Lyle Roelofs took a moment to teach us the word. I decided I would remember it, and I did.) I wasn't born when Kennedy was shot, so I have this.

Callipygian looks so familiar! Did we discuss it when I was there?

Dad March 26, 2007 2:24 PM  

So I guess "deportation" means "throwing out of the door" from L. "porta"(gate).

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