Merry Merry

December 24th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

Holiday cheer

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. This evening, I’m off to my Auntie’s house, where we will enjoy way too much food, the company of the most awesome relatives in the world, and a goofy white elephant gift exchange.

Tomorrow will be spent with the immediate family in the morning, and the latter part of the day with some of my most favorite people. I couldn’t wish for a better gift. :)

Hope your holidays are treating you all well, and if I don’t talk to you before then, happy happy new year, too!

What's in a Name?

December 11th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Glenda and I were having a conversation not too long ago about names, and which ones seemed to be popular amongst our other ‘cousins’…

Me:I don’t think I know any other glendas
Glenda: yeah, i wasn’t aware glenda was a popular filipino name?
Glenda: then there is also glynnis
Me: glynnis? never heard that one
Glenda: me neither!
Me: huh, namefinder thingies say it’s Celtic
Glenda: glenda is also celtic.
Me: yeah
Glenda: no. hrm. actually welsh.
Glenda: glenda is welsh.
Me: actually another site says Welsh for Glynnis too
Me: “Either a variant of GLENYS or an elaboration of the Welsh word glyn meaning “valley”.”
Me: and “Glenys” is “Elaboration of the Welsh word glan meaning “pure” or “holy”.”
Me: oh, fack. hahahah
Me: Courtney: From a surname which was derived either from a French place name meaning “domain of CURTIS” or else from a French nickname meaning “short nose”.
Glenda: i like your name. your name is the jam.
Me: SHORT NOSE?
Me: the filipino nose!
Glenda: LOL

So even though my name is French, there is a logical reason why I have that name. Filipinos have short noses, yeah.

Damn.

voluptuary

December 9th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

I just really like today’s Word of the Day. It’s appropriate for this time of year. That, and it sounds cool to say it. ;)

voluptuary \vuh-LUHP-choo-er-ee\, noun:
A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.

adjective:
Voluptuous; luxurious.

Colette used to begin her day’s writing by first picking fleas from her cat, and it’s not hard to imagine how the methodical stroking and probing into fur might have focused such a voluptuary’s mind.

–Diane Ackerman, “O Muse! You Do Make Things Difficult!” New York Times, November 12, 1989

Though depicted as a decadent voluptuary, she remained celibate for more than half of her adult life.

–Michiko Kakutani, “Cleopatra Behind Her Magic Mirror,” New York Times, June 5, 1990


Voluptuary derives from Latin voluptarius, “devoted to pleasure,” from voluptas, “pleasure.”

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for voluptuary