Thursday, December 31, 2009

I like my passport photo because it makes me look like an international spy or at least a drug dealer.

Unfortunately, the title of this post has nothing to do with what I'm about to write. I know you're surprised, because who among us couldn't write an entire blog post about their own passport photo?

No, the reason I'm here is to chisel in internet stone my resolutions for the coming year.

Wait! Don't go!

I'll keep it brief. And simple.

1. Walk every day
2. Blog every day

Actually, I hadn't really given it much thought before this very moment, and now I'm drawing a blank.

The good (or bad) news is that I really mean #2, and I think I can stick to it because I installed a wireless router yesterday, which means I can blog in bed. Maybe I'll change the name of my blog to "Blogging in Bed" or even "Blogging in Bed Every Day." Okay, no I won't.

See you tomorrow, and have a very safe but irresponsible New Year's Eve.

6 comments:

Urban Cynic said...

you're going to blog more? ...yaaaaaay!

Happy New Year woman of many names.x

LERMONTOV said...

I look fwd to seeing the results of #2

All the best for 2010

M

Simon said...

I’m not sure about the wisdom of the first – though I admit I do so myself, as much as ten metres on some days – but it’s good to hear the second.

I may even have to get a wireless router myself: I can’t have you outdoing me in technological matters. But first I must find out what one is, and ponder on whether to compare the US and the British pronunciation of the word ‘router’.

becomingkate said...

I hope I get back to blogging every day too.
Happy New year!

MauritaMason said...

Thanks everyone!

Simon, I must know - do you pronounce it 'rooter'? Because obviously it's, um...rowter...rauter?...to me.

Simon said...

You are correct. Rooter it is (and ‘root’ for route): I don’t know why, but it must be right because that’s the way I say it.

Oh, all right. According to my Oxford English Dictionary ‘route’ was generally spelled ‘rout’ from its appearance in the late 16th century until around 1800, at which time the ‘e’ was added it started to be pronounced ‘rowt’. I don’t know the reason for the change, but would guess it may have been an attempt to make it look and sound French (from where the word stems). According to the OED and my Chambers dictionary, the ‘rowt’ pronunciation is still used in the British military, though I’ve never heard it myself.

However, when router is applied to the tool for cutting grooves in wood etc, we pronounce it ‘rowter’, and the word rout in all other senses is pronounced ‘rowt’. The OED has over three pages on rout/route and their myriad meanings: my favourite definition of rout is ‘A disorderly, tumultuous or disreputable crowd of persons’, or possibly ‘To belch, to bring up wind.’ It is also ‘Some kind of horse’, and ‘To make a roaring noise.’