Tuesday, April 12, 2005

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The Movie: The Princess Bride, 1987 (William Goldman, screenwriter, from his novel; Rob Reiner, dir.)
Who says it: Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, the world’s greatest swordsman
The context: Inigo questions The Great Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), who insists that it is “inconceivable!” that The Man in Black could be catching up to them.
How to use it: To challenge someone else’s unfounded certainty.

That word, today, is spring, as in, "a time or season of growth and development, specifically the season between winter and summer, usually March, April and May." Nice of Merriam-Webster to hedge with "usually."

Because it's snowing this morning. Not hard, but enough to mock my dreams of flowerboxes.

Dizzy was pretty excited about it. He's been baffled by the snow's disappearance; he's been keeping track of the dwindling snowbanks, which are now completely gone. Or at least, they were.

Happy, happy birthday today to Anna Maschino Bragdon, the queen of China Lake. It is inconceivable that you will ever grow old.

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