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July 10th, 2005 (11:10 pm)

λ: Oh, I'm mad at the allergy fairy. She gave me lots of allergies and I did not want them.
KYLIE: Not many people want them, I think.
λ: But she is not fair. Some people do not get any allergies at all, and some people get lots and lots.
KYLIE: Maybe the allergy fairy is a drunkard. She weaves in the air when she is flying and so lots of allergies fall out of her basket in some places and then none at all in others.
λ: I think that makes lots of sense.
KYLIE AND λ: ::pause::
KYLIE AND λ: ::burst out laughing::*

My poor girl is sick, though, and not just with allergies. We went to a Chinese place in Harvard Square for lunch, and the fried rice tasted amazing and then made both of us very sick. I threw it up and felt better, because I throw up all the time, thanks to medications. But λ doesn't throw up, apparently, and so she is still miserable. I went out to get her Pepto-Bismol and came back with saltines, Diet Coke, chicken soup, white bread for cinnamon toast, and popsicles... and no Pepto-Bismol. I am really not very good at this life thing at all.

Oh well.

Breaking etymologico-grammatical** debate, here: when you say "lots", what kind of lots does that mean? λ said I was writing lots, and I said I wasn't writing that many lots, and she said that only makes sense if you are talking about auctions or property, and I said, well, what kind of lots are they if they aren't those kind of lots? It's a strange word. I want to know more about it.

But maybe I should write fewer lots.

A lot*** has been going on, actually, but it's kind of strange and will take a long time to write about, so I think I'll leave it for tomorrow morning. But... hmm. Life is an interesting thing, sometimes.

I go forth to the land of Nod.****

*Any time you guys want to stop hearing about pointless bits of girlfriend dialogue, you know, feel free to give me a shout.1
**I like making up words. ::defiantly:: Lots. But if you are really really going to insist, I suppose you can pretend that says etymological/grammatical. I mean, if you are boring and whatnot.
***See? You can have one lot! And it is in the same sense as the lots referenced above! I win.
****That does mean the land of sleep, right? My juvenile literary references get confused when I am tired and still a little bit sick.

1On my comments page. Even an email'd do it in a pinch.i

iI like footnotes.

Comments

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 11th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: Nod = sleepytime?

I dunno, I think the "English punsters" knew what they were doing. "Sleep" was often used as a synonym for "death" ("to sleep, perchance to dream, but who knows what dreams may come...."), so a punster could reasonably be expected to draw that conclusion *backward* - to start jokingly using "the land of death" to mean "the land of sleep."

(I know you didn't say all those things, but I'm responding to the article.)

(K., more on "lots" tomorrow, when I'm awake and at work.)

(well, at work, anyway.)

(I like parentheses.)

(because making footnotes is harder.)

(((((()))))

Posted by: I know you are but what am I? (spudzilla)
Posted at: July 11th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: Nod = sleepytime?

You rock with the smartness.

I hope you don't mind if I friend you.

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 11th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Nod = sleepytime?

Not at all! In fact, I'd had the same temptation about you, but kept forgetting to ask. Thanks, on both counts. :) (You're pretty darned smart yourself, from what I've seen.)

Posted by: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: July 11th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
Re: Nod = sleepytime?

Ah, but since orgasm was referred to as the "little death," does that mean that the connection between orgasm and sleep (at least in the male) is backed up by literary evidence as well?

(OK, this is me being silly)

This parentheses and footnotes madness must end!!

So, Cain was cast forth into the land of death? Your reasoning escapes me. Cain specifically *wasn't* killed, and was protected from harm. The reasoning of those "English punsters" escapes me, especially how it's supposed to be "humorous" in nature. *Shrug*

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 11th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
Re: Nod = sleepytime?
Tasha

Huh? All I know is that it's not unreasonable that "death" might be equated with "sleep," and vice versa. *Cain* wasn't killed, but it sure as heck sounded from the description that it was a land of death for most who weren't under a divine geas of miserable survival.

Although, now that I think of it, it's really more plausible that "land of Nod" got equated with "nod (off)," etc. Since "to nod" often meant "to sleep," it's an easy connection to make, particularly when "nod" first appeared in Middle English; the punsters were probably just playfully connecting the new word to the old [translation]. (there's no dates in our free dictionary and I can't access the pay site from home, so I'm unable to concretely identify when "nod" took on that meaning, but I bet if I were to check I'd find out it was close to the time "land of Nod" turned up in Swift.)

And "little death" is an entirely separate concept, as far as I know. (Nor is it limited to males in literary references.) :)

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