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“That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
“Merry’s ancestry includes the word murgijaz, a Proto-Germanic word meaning ‘short-lasting,’ and the Proto-Indo-European root mreghu- which simply meant ‘short.’ It is suggested that the connection to pleasure comes from the notion of ‘making time fly’ — that time feels short in a pleasurable state. So within merry, the ideas of enjoyment and evanescence find themselves inextricably linked. To wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas,’ in the very old sense, is to wish them pleasure and to express a hope that they’ll savor that pleasure acutely before it passes.”
From the always wonderful Aesthetics of Joy. A belated Merry Christmas, a premature Happy New Year, and a general Delightful Holidays to you all!
n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.
I have grown very fond of the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Technically this may not be a real word…but language is constantly evolving, right? Let’s evolve this sucker into the vernacular.