May 30th, 2009


poison ivy (the plant, not the supervillian)

are you allergic to poison ivy?

yes, horribly
nope, but i am allergic to [fill in the blank]

Much of my lower right arm and leg are currently afflicted, and I'm using so much Caladryl on the affected areas that it looks like I've got some kind of skin disease in addition to the poison ivy pustules. ('Pustule' is one of those words that's disgusting, no matter what the context. Makes my stomach flop, although that's probably partly because I knowingly ate too much pizza last night.)

If you're not allergic to poison ivy, I don't want to hear about it. If you are (or have some other similar problem), please share. I need something to keep my mind off of how I sort of want to rip significant portions of skin off two of my limbs.

for the other greek geeks i know are reading this

How to tell when you've been spending too much time studying Greek:

1) …you start dropping the possessive “s,” preferring “the car of Mary” to “Mary’s car.”
2) …you find yourself using substantive adjectives way too much for English to bear.
3) …the lower-case “p” becomes an “r” sound at first glance. On a similar note, an initial “r” receives a rough breathing at the front: “I’m hunting h’rabbits.”
4) …you’re writing something and a) you neglect to dot the “i,” b) replace the “p” with a pi, and c) write v’s instead of n’s.
5) …while conversing in Spanish, you realize that you just talked about “hoi gatoi,” that is, more than one cat.
6) …participles and infinitives take on a life of their own, in ways that they were never meant to in English.
7) …you have to repress an urge to point out the Greek origins of peoples’ names: “Did you know that ‘Alexander’ means ‘defender of men’?”
8) …it just seems natural to start a sentence with “but,” “and,” or “therefore.”
9) …you (SN) recognize that even English nouns (PN) have cases (PA) and sometimes try to parse them (PA) with little or no real success (SD).
10) … “eggs” become “engs” and “angels” become “aggels.”

I still write my lowercase d's as deltas, and there was a period where I kept misreading billboards because of #3 and #4.