I don’t really see a great deal of hubris in attempting a classic Julia Child recipe (in this case for duck baked in pastry). In particular, when the cook frankly admits that the pastry tore along the seam on one side, and speculates that anchoring the pastry to the top of the bird before attaching the top piece of pastry might fix that problem, that does not seem to me like ‘extreme pride’ often coupled with ‘bravura and foolishness’. And yet this picture came up in my image search for today’s words. I was honestly surprised to read the blog and discover that there is a bird hiding in what first looked to me like a loaf of homemade bread.
It was surely the word scramble that brought up the image of a huge pan of scrambled eggs, which the site identified as ostrich eggs. While I did find the ostrich egg aspect an intriguing foot note, I decided that the image of an unremarkable looking pan of scrambled eggs, just wouldn’t do for this site. I note that scramble can also apply to a period of frenzied activity before a deadline– ‘the student scrambled to master the lesson before the exam’ or ‘Wayne scrambled all over town to complete his errands and arrive at the meeting on time.’ It does seem to me as though this word is more often used in an egg context rather than in reference to some sort of mad dash.
Here in the United States at lease, fortnight seems to me a rather archaic term. A fortnight is precisely two weeks or fourteen days. This does seem to me a useful span of time to speak of, and yet I don’t believe I have ever heard anyone speak of a fortnight, and I actually had to look it up to find out what it meant. I am proud to note that as of this fifth day in November I am keeping my bloggers NaNoWriMo commitment to write every day in November. Yet come back after a fortnight and I would not be surprised if I had not by then missed at least one day. I’ve heard it said that consistency is the hob goblin of little minds. If that is true, I take it as a sure sign that my mind is not little. Happy Monday to Wayne Hurlbert, who suggested today’s words and to all of my readers and friends.