Monday, September 3, 2012


Borrowing Problems in Life
means being—
I don't know exactly, but—
well, noticeably different

. . . . . .

The OED word of the day for the erasure commentary is 'gung ho.' I hadn't ever thought of its origins, had you?

A U.S. Marine general borrowed the term (meaning "work together") from Chinese Co-Operatives in the early 1940s. His 'kung hou' meetings were places to work out problems and explain orders. The Marines being the Marines, within 20 years it had taken on its current meaning of zealous, eager or enthusiastic.

The image is a  literal postcard (4" x 6 " watercolor) of the fish ladder at the Ballard Locks; salmon are running. Larger image.

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