Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage

Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage
The Yin and Yang of Thankfulness

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Glimpses of White Wednesday ... the C word

Pronunciation: \ˈkəm(p)-fərt\
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French cunforter,
comforter, from Late Latin confortare to strengthen greatly,
from Latin com- + fortis strong
Date: 13th century
1 : to give strength and hope to : CHEER
2 : to ease the grief or trouble of : CONSOLE
— com•fort•ing•ly \-fər-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Pronunciation: \ˈkə-dəl\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): cud•dled; cud•dling \ˈkəd-liŋ, ˈkə-dəl-iŋ\
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1520
transitive verb : to hold close for warmth or comfort or
in affectionintransitive verb : to lie close or snug : NESTLE, SNUGGLE
— cud•dler \ˈkəd-lər, ˈkə-dəl-ər\ noun
Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete,
women should try and give their best qualities to men –
bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
                                                                        Joan Baez

                                                               life is fragile, handle it with prayer

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