[‘ A thoughtless, irresponsible, or foolish person (esp. a man); a scatterbrain. Cf. étourdie n.’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /eɪtʊəˈdiː/, /eɪtɔːˈdiː/, U.S. /ˌeɪtɔrˈdi/
Forms: 17 etourdie rare, 17–18 etourdi, 18– étourdi.
Etymology: < French étourdi (1614 or earlier), use as noun of étourdi étourdi adj.
Compare étourdie n. and slightly earlier étourdi adj., étourderie n.
A thoughtless, irresponsible, or foolish person (esp. a man); a scatterbrain. Cf. étourdie n.[a1689 J. Reresby Mem. & Trav.(1904) 135 The Low Dutch call the High, muffes, that is, etourdi, as the French have it, or blockhead.]
1768 T. Mortimer National Debt No National Grievance 147, I am not the first etourdi to whom you have given a full hearing.
1794 H. W. Paget Let. Sept. in G. C. Paget One-Leg(1961) iii. 45, I must begin this letter by owning that I am the greatest Etourdi that ever lived yet that I am always lucky enough to get well out of every Scrape.
1802 M. Charlton Wife & Mistress III. v. 130 Mr Nevarc sent an intimation that I should not expect him, the etourdihaving encountered a friend.
1847 Thackeray Vanity Fair(1848) vi. 45 ‘I beg a thousand pardons..,’ said the young étourdi, blushing.
1939 F. C. Green Stendhal iii. 66 More often, unhappily, his irate superior treated him as an étourdi to the sycophantic delight of the other officers.
1993 D. Wood Benjamin Constant 62 A lost scholarly Eden where he had first formed the idea of being more than an étourdi, an aimless young scatterbrain.
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04 Oct 2015 2 Comments
Last week I was in Beijing and when I went shopping I wanted to get a couple watches I’d bought fixed. One needed to be sized, one ran slowly and the other, the most expensive ($50) had died two months after I got it. The first two I bought in March and the third I got at the Pearl Market and the third at the market behind it in the sub-basement.
While I don’t expect these watches to last forever, I do expect a $50 watch to last at least 4 months.
Getting the first two watches fixed was no problem. The shop owner was pleasant and obliging. So I wound up buying a couple gift watches to boot.
Then I went to get the third watch fixed. I would have been happy if the shop owners:
- fixed the watch
- gave me a new watch
- returned my money
I first looked at the watches that were just like mine and asked about the price to make sure it was worth $50. That was confirmed. Then I explained my problem. Rather than saying how they could make the situation better, the dour sales clerk asserted that I hadn’t bought the watch there. “You must have gotten the watch somewhere else.”
You’ve got to be kidding. I certainly don’t have the time or inclination to come to this shop to fix a problem with a watch i’d bought somewhere else. I told her I certainly bought it there. She kept insisting I’d gotten it somewhere else. I held my ground and eventually told her her claim was a lie. A tourist was browsing her wares as we went back and forth. He smiled knowingly and soon left.
Then this dour, unpleasant liar relented and her husband repaired the watch. It was easy for him. He just replaced the battery and now I’ve got a working watch. I’ll never go back there. If they had promptly fixed the watch I would have. I realize batteries die, but a new watch should come with a battery that’ll last a few months at least.
I later went to look at shoes before leaving. As I walked by the bad watch shop, I saw a group of six or so tourists heading towards the bad watch shop. I shared my story and told them about the good watch shop in the Pearl Market. I hope they went there. I did convince them not to shop with the bad watch shop.
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Tell all the truth but tell it slant
by Emily Dickinson
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
30 Sep 2015 3 Comments
If you’re feeling peachy and would like to cherry-pick some photos to create your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Fruit
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[‘ intr. To dispute, debate; (also) to express disagreement; to differ from (an opinion, etc.).’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /dᵻˈsɛpt/, U.S. /dᵻˈsɛpt/
Etymology: < classical Latin disceptāre to dispute, debate, argue, to arbitrate, to judge, decide < dis- dis- prefix + captāre captate v.
Compare earlier disceptation n., disception n.
Now rare. intr. To dispute, debate; (also) to express disagreement; to differ from (an opinion, etc.).1639 W. Lacey Iudgm. conc. W. Chillingworth x. 47 The differences of Sectaries among themselues in most substantiall points of faith; and those of Catholiques discepting and discussing difficulties occurring, as yet vndecreed and vndetermined by authority.
1652 J. Gaule Πυς-μαντια 27 It is God that thus discepts with you.
1818 T. L. Peacock Nightmare Abbey xi. 150 Permit me to discept.
1869 R. Browning Ring & Bk. IV. x. 59, I try it with my reason, nor discept From any point I probe and pronounce sound.
1925 Times Lit. Suppl. 12 Mar. 169/1 He discepts and distinguishes, classifies his kinds of tragedy, his orders of comedy, his new shoots of opera, burlesque and pantomime.
21 Sep 2015 2 Comments
I’m counting down till Saturday when I’ll get a chance to pitch a story idea to a producer. It’s not something I do every day and I can’t share too many details, but I hope it’s a sign that my writing is better than average.
Prayers welcome as I prepare for this short presentation.
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20 Sep 2015 1 Comment
in Blogging Challenge, China, modern Tags: Campus, China, common, geometric, grid, Jinan, library, postaday, postaweek, Shandong University of Science & Technology, university, Weekly Photo Challenge, window
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
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