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9 April 2009
British Word of the Day: serviette - a small piece of softer paper given you after quickly getting food.
(American's "napkin".) Eg: "I've forgotten to get a serviette, and I'm a total mess--will you go get me one?"

Today was the start of our Easter Break. However, that's also a misnomer. It's also called "Writing Period" from the 8th to the 16th for our Long Essay. I guess they expected our research to be done by now. I'd like to re-dub this time "Researching Frantically, Writing Sloppily, Eating while Running to the Bodleian, Getting Dehydrated Because You're Not Allowed To Drink Water In The Libraries, Pretend Like You Have Time To Edit Your Rough Draft But You'll Turn It In As Is Because You're Tired Of All-Nighters And You'll Take An Hour Of Sleep When You Can Get It" week.

So, if that gives you any idea of what I have up ahead of me, excellent. My work in this blog is done.

My long essay is 3,500-4,000 words, due next week Thursday. I can do this.


Research Done with a Bang: Coffee and More Coffee
10 April 2009
British Word of the Day: bang - exactly. (American's "right.") Normally used in sentences with a locational word directly following. eg: "We were bang in the middle of the field." Or, "That answer was bang on." [The "bang" portion of the sentence is given a heavier accent.]

Anyhow. My ideas on progress are as follows:

Coffee - Sequence #1

Coffee - Sequence #2

Coffee - Sequence #3

Coffee - Sequence #4

I think I'm inspired to do a little research now that I've caffeinated myself up.

Progress? Hypothetically Speaking
12 April 2009
British Word of the Day: fancy - to like to have, or in the case of denoting attraction, to simply admire and desire. (American's "Would you like" or simply "like") eg: "Fancy a spot o' tea?" Or, "If I didn't know any better, I'd think she fancies him."

Things are not in progress, as you might have guessed. It is Easter Sunday after all. I took the day off entirely yesterday, and went into London with Alyssa. I brought a small book and notebook in case I was suddenly inspired to do research by the beauty of Westminster, the British Museum, or Camden Markets. Alas! This was not to be. *fake swoon*

But, London was gorgeous nevertheless.

Love and Citations: An Essay Completed
15 April 2009
British Word of the Day: crotchet - A musical term, meaning one note that is held for one beat. (American's "quarter note"). eg: "Sopranos, please don't go flat on the crotchet in measure 34."

Basically, I've finished my essay. It's 4,019 words with the MLA citation words within.

But really, I think it was just information regurgitation. Now I have to sadly go back through this pile of quotes and determine what I'm really saying (also known as editing.) I have a faint hope that instead of doing this, I'll just copy-edit, and in doing so, my true essay will come shining forth...

I think my hopes are ill-founded.

The Brownings became sickeningly lovey-dovey as I read on about them and wrote about such things as "Surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long." (I refuse to cite this. But I will tell you that it was Elizabeth Barrett writing to Robert Browning before they were married. Citations, Shmitations.)


British Blogging: Put to Rest in the USA
29 April 2009

No more British words.

But ask me sometime--I may have a few more up my sleeve that I don't remember at the moment.

I hope most of you have enjoyed my blog. I've been hearing that quite a few people have been reading it--this idea makes me a little nervous, and I'm glad I didn't know it before--I might have felt too much pressure.

I hope everyone is well, and I'm glad to see that life, as I knew it, continued on without me...but a few things are still easily recognized:

Trinity's OPUS
The Carpenter's DeanMobile
et cetera.

I should check out of here, as I have a few jobs to look up while I'm in Palos Heights, IL, for the next few weeks.

And, thanks for reading. It's been an adventure of spring negotiations. Spring came around in England. But I'll have to work my magic to make the bleariness of Illinois fade away.



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