Friday, August 3, 2012

Nettle the Irritating

Here's a dorktastic fact about me:
I check the word of the day on Merriam Webster every day. I'm sure there are millions of people who do this too so some support about it would be great. I usually feel good about it, especially when I learn a brand new word or on days like today, when the word of the day is a word I've used on several occasions and I realize that I've been using it completely incorrectly.

mettlesome \MET-ul-sum\


full of vigor and stamina: spirited

I think the combination of the 'ettle' in the middle reminded me of "nettle" which reminded me of being stung or scratched so I always thought if a person was described as "mettlesome" they were annoying and, oh I don't know, scratchy? It turns out that, surprise of all surprises, the word is actually NETTLESOME. So I've made it more complicated than it needed to be which is kinda my method in life. Now that I know better, I'll likely forget. Still, the word nettle would make an excellent name for a villain in a fantasy novel. Nettle the Irritating or something along those lines. Or even a symbolic last name for the villain in a literary novel. Ethan Nettle.

I wish I could say that today I awoke with a mettlesome disposition. Instead, I awoke with a pounding headache made worse by the fact that I had to gather my two cats into their carriers in order to get them to the vet to be boarded for the day so I could have the fleas they housed for awhile exterminated with extreme prejudice. I've discussed before how cats have a tendency to be able to read the minds and moods of their owners so naturally they headed for the hills, aka my hall closet. What they didn't anticipate is that I decluttered in there two weeks ago, rendering it a place where there is nowhere to hide. Is it wrong that I wanted to laugh in triumph, not unlike Nettle the Irritating might laugh?

This is my birthday weekend so I'm going to celebrate it by working! I am so hardcore in my 30s. But also, my friends have planned a surprise something for tomorrow night which I can't wait for. All I know at the moment is that it is happening at midnight on Saturday. What could it be??

Anyway, that's pretty much all I have for today. Blogging for 31 days is going to be difficult but I'm going to do it.

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