Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I wonder how the word shrew came to refer to a belligerent woman. Another term I've come across recently is termagant, but that word is downright obscure.
What caused me to ponder this? Work, of course. We hit rock bottom today. My supervisor, who really is very nice, did apologize and thank us. That does go a long way; it's important to acknowledge when one's staff has had a ridiculous time of it.
One thing that keeps me from becoming a total shrew is the nightly enjoyment I get out of reading, and I'm reading something very engaging right now, called The Shadow of the Night, by Deborah Harkness. It's the sequel to A Discovery of Witches, a real page-turner. I'm liking this second book better than the first, and will be waiting impatiently 'til the end of this trilogy is out. Ekim put me on to this, by the way.
So, work was a termagant today, but then I get to read about witches, daemons, and vampires. It's all good.
Oh, and there's that debate tonight. Maybe.