Friday, September 22, 2006

Day befor the Autumn Equinox

Here is a picture of Ren about a year ago. It has been getting colder lately so the autumn equinox has not snuck* up on us here but if the weather tomorrow is anything like today there will be no way to tell when the sun is up or down. It's 10am here now and the sky is dark enough to be 8pm. Ren has taken a pronounced interest in walking. he is up to four step lounges. It's fun when he's walking from one of us to the other but last night he went from me to the low, hard coffee table giving Aya and I a good scare.

*USAGE NOTE Snuck is an Americanism first introduced in the
19th century as a nonstandard regional variant of sneaked. Widespread use of
snuck has become more common with every generation. It is now used by educated
speakers in all regions. Formal written English is more conservative than other
varieties, of course, and here snuck still meets with much resistance. Many
writers and editors have a lingering unease about the form, particularly if they
recall its nonstandard origins. And 67 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of
snuck in our 1988 survey. Nevertheless, an examination of recent sources shows
that snuck is sneaking up on sneaked. Snuck was almost 20 percent more common in
newspaper articles published in 1995 than it was in 1985. Snuck also appears in
the work of many respected columnists and authors: “He ran up huge hotel bills
and then snuck out without paying” (George Stade). “He had snuck away from camp
with a cabinmate” (Anne Tyler). “I ducked down behind the paperbacks and snuck
out” (Garrison Keillor).

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