Log in

No account? Create an account
06 October 2010 @ 06:47 pm
Bake this, baby...  
I've been perusing a list of low-calorie pumpkin treats (mainly muffins and bread) so long that the word pumpkin now looks silly to me. Pump? Kin? What's that all about? Sounds like an incestuous act (!)

My bike ride was near the office today. Someone let cattle into a field along my route about a month ago (they show up seasonally). This herd has a handful of horned cattle, which I don't understand at all. Seems like you'd want ALL horned or NONE horned. How are those Holsteins and other cattle supposed to protect themselves?

Last night's Glee made me cry. I didn't care much for the religious aspect, as I side with Kurt on those matters, but Kurt's relationship with his Dad is probably my favorite part of the show. The plot had me worried, to say the least... Much better music in this ep, for my tastes. The only song I didn't like was "Only The Good Die Young," because I've always hated it (no disrespect to Puck's performance). The song from Yentl is a little precious, conceptually, but the melody is gorgeous and Rachel's rendition was lovely. And Kurt's version of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was SO unexpected. I would never have thought of using that song the way the show did, taking a simple message and making still simpler and more innocent. The montage of young!Kurt and his father, with his father so bewildered but still trying (always trying) was what really got me. *sigh*

I was up late finishing my story for usanetwork_las again, and can now return to some other writing for a while. I've also signed up for fox_las and nbc_las, and (pimpity!) there are many others for those of you who are interested in a challenge. Click any one of those links and enter the comm-- the left-hand side will show the other challenge opportunities.

Tonight's the L&O blowout again, isn't it? Great episode last week for SVU. The LA show hasn't grabbed me yet, but we'll see. Meanwhile, all the stuff I haven't seen yet (the shows in conflicting timeslots) keeps piling up on the DVR. Did anyone see last week's ep of The Mentalist? My DVR decided it hated the disk mid-recording, so I got nothing, and CBS doesn't have web showings of the entire episode. Is it worth the effort to Torrent it?

Tags: , ,
devon99 on October 7th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hee, you piqued my curiosity so I checked.

The name pumpkin originates from the greek for 'large melon' which is pepon. The french adapted the word to pompon, the english changed it to pumpion and american colonists changed it to pumpkin.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Haihalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
That all makes much more sense than 'pumpkin.' You'd think people would want to avoid creating a word that looks like a compound word, wouldn't you?

I struggle with 'bloodred' in fiction, because in my head that word becomes akin to 'hatred, kindred, mordred' in pronunciation. That's why I like to use separate words or the hyphen for it. ;)

Funny that 'pumpion' almost sounds more like a French word than the actual French does! :D
devon99 on October 7th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
it's fascinating how language evolves. I found out the other day on QI (tv show) that oranges used to be called noranges, from the sanskrit word noranga, but due to the english slurring the word it became 'n'(un)-orange - now - an orange.

Cool. Same for the word apron appararantly, which was originally napron!!