I missed Randomday on Saturday. I have quite a bit of random stuff saved up though, so I'm declaring belated Randomday today.
My son was in the newspaper today. Next to the obituaries, because I think they left him out when they were doing valedictorian pictures of all the big schools yesterday. (Kind of like that episode of the Middle where poor Sue Heck was listed in the yearbook under "in memoriam." My life is so much like an episode of The Middle, it depresses me to watch the show). But the online version is quite nice. And I actually took that picture of him.
I watched every televised minute of the Spelling Bee over the weekend, and wrote down all the words, because I am a total Spelling Bee geek. Here they are:
sylloge(that means someone went out on this word).
- mephitis (this is an Oscan-derived word. I can't tell you how much this excited me).
- stannum (in case you were wondering why tin has the chemical symbol it does).
- cochineal (I knew this because of my fiber arts hobby).
- habendum (This is a gerundive! I'm adding it to my gerundive hunt list).
aoristic(I love a word derived from a verb tense name!)
schwyzer chamaephyte atopen
cabochon araphorostic resveratrol
- nudibranch (I was surprised to hear that the "ch" is hard, never having heard it pronounced)
cheyney rapparee bisbigliando
himation(totally knew this one too! Greco-Roman culture again!) pissaladiere
- psammon (an E. Nesbit story helped with this one)
- luteovirescent (I love Latin. It makes me feel so smart!)
- admittatur (I will just say that this is one word where the English pronunciation of a word could steer you wrong, because they pronounce that second a as in "say", not "father". We have something called the Great Vowel Shift that changed the pronunciation of vowels in English. I was tempted to spell it "admittetur" because that would be how it would be pronounced in Latin. But I knew it came from the verb "mitto," which is 3rd conjugation, and it was subjunctive (let him be admitted), so the weird vowel was called for. Which is "a" for the 3rd conjugation. So Latin teacher logic would have saved me on this word. But the contestants probably just had studied the word from a list.)
- arondissement (easy for someone who took college French)
schwarmerei(German. not so much)
- guetapens (no, I hadn't heard it before)
Steve is watching coverage of the Queen's diamond jubilee taped from BBC. Yesterday it was the boat parade on the Thames. Cool stuff.