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July 18th, 2008

these words have meanings, too! @ 09:32 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: peaceful peaceful
Current Music: http://www.sky.fm/jazz/

I missed USUFRUCTS on the Daily 9s today on aerolith. I didn't know it as an 8 either, so I did some extensive research on the great inter-web to ascertain its meaning (as in, I read the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry). Wouldn't you know, later this afternoon I was reading the conclusion of "Road to Los Angeles" by John Fante, and I came across this passage:

"Dear Woman Who Gave Me Life:

The callous vexations and perturbations of this night have subsequently resolved themselves to a state which precipitates me, Arturo Bandini, into brobdingnagian and gargantuan decision. I inform you this in no uncertain terms. Ergo, I now leave you and your ever charming daughter (my beloved sister Mona) and seek the fabulous usufructs of my incipient career in profound solitude. Which is to say, tonight I depart for the metropolis to the east -- our own Los Angeles, the city of angels."
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Date:July 19th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Mark Twain apparently also liked the word. I learned it while reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court where he seemed to use it every other page.
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Date:July 19th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Ah interesting. I was happy to see it once and knew what it meant within context. Every other page seems like a bit much!

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