March 31, 2005

The Smirky Fucker Diary: Thursday is three kinds of fun!

Good Friday was last week, but, believing that late is better than never, I have developed stigmata. Strict accuracy would require me to say that I only have one of them, but since I don't know what the proper word would be I'll just stick with the plural. In a stunning demonstration of my "always use the wrong tool for the job" policy yesterday afternoon, I managed to jam the point end of a box cutter into the middle of my palm. It's right on one of the creases in my hand, so if anyone here reads palms, I'll post a picture and we can figure out whether it's my love line or my life line that's just been impaled.

One of the great things about studying a language that was co-opted for religious use a thousand years ago is that you get some truly outstanding vocabulary sentences. Not for Sanskrit the "I like apples" and "My brother is named Joe" sentences, no. Here's one that my textbook asked me to translate last night (pardon my image quality).
It means, "I think of happiness, and see only misery on all sides."

Lastly, I saw a woman on BART this morning whack another passenger in the chest with her handbag, which was printed with the word "kindness". It didn't seem to be deliberate, but neither did she seem to notice she'd done it. Have a lovely day, everyone.

Posted by dianna at March 31, 2005 09:57 AM

the singular is stigma.

Posted by: Erik at April 1, 2005 07:21 AM

Ah, thank you. I feel very stigmatized now.

Posted by: Dianna at April 1, 2005 07:49 AM

I have to ask because I'm curious & have NO clue - does Sanskrit read R to L or L to R? Because I found myself reading it R to L out of Hebrew habit.

Posted by: jillian at April 6, 2005 06:29 PM

Left to right and top to bottom, or, more often given the length of Sanskrit words, left to right to right to right to right to right. And I've noticed that when my handwriting is particularly sloppy the letters start to look very Hebrewy, but I'm not sure if that's a characteristic of the letters or my handwriting.

Posted by: Dianna at April 6, 2005 06:46 PM