according to my thesaurus, the word uncouth means strange; odd in appearance; awkward; crude; vulgar; bizarre; loutish; impolite; uncultured...the list goes on
So, uncouth. UN-couth.
For this word UN-couth, should there not be a "Couth" eqivalent?
We have opposites such as necessary-unnecessary; fulfilled-unfulfilled; cultured-uncultured and so on.
Yet there is no "Couth" to sit opposite UN-couth.
We never hear of anyone saying of another "he's so couth"
I've been back to the dentist again, this time for the permanent filling to replace the temporary one on my latest root canal work.
Last year my preferred dentist had to take time off for shoulder surgery and then therapy and recovery time; I wasn't at all happy about having to break in a new dentist, even though the clinic is the same one and all my notes and x-rays are there.
You get used to the person who has been caring for your teeth and knows them and your reactions to pain; who knows that for certain procedures extra anesthetic is required for a wimp such as me.
Well, the time came when I needed something done, so I bit the bullet (not literally) and made the necessary appointment.
And was pleasantly surprised. My new dentist is a woman, soft spoken, very gentle with her work and keen to discuss my previous problems and what I would like done in the future. Today's visit, (I'm writing this on a Monday evening, to be scheduled for Thursday), was so easy I almost fell asleep in the chair.
Having a lot of antihistamine might have had something to do with that, but really, the most discomfort I felt was from the band put around the tooth to isolate it while the work was being done. The band scraped against my tongue a bit and I mentioned that to her after the work was completed.
On the TV news, swine flu cases are skyrocketing again and people are being urged to get their flu shots.
Well, have you? Had your flu shots I mean? I've never had one and I'm not keen on getting one. I've never had the flu. I think that may be because I so often cover my nose and mouth with a hanky or tissue (whatever is in my pocket) when travelling on public transport because so many people wear overpowering perfumes or other products that I'm allergic to. I'd rather look silly than have a migraine or sinus headache.
And I wash my hands a lot, especially after being on a bus or in a supermarket. It's the number one recommended method of reducing your risk of catching anything.
I used to buy a lotto ticket or three every week. Then the price went up. No big deal, I was working, but I did reduce the number of tickets I bought. I want to win, (who doesn't?) but I also like to eat.
After a few months, I decided I'd just buy two tickets whenever there was a mega draw on. A $20 million draw. These happened roughly every 13 weeks, four times a year, on a Saturday night.
Then lotto draws were introduced for Monday nights, Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights (the powerball one) and now all of them have their own mega draws, or jackpot draws, that happen when the first division prize hasn't been won, so increases for the next week. And the week after, then the next week again if no one has won that first division prize.
This means that now, there is a mega draw going on several times a week until the money is won.
What's a girl to do?
Spend all of her money on tickets for all those jackpots?
Well, no. Remember, I do like to eat and you can't eat a losing paper ticket. (you could, but there's not enough nutrition in them, no matter how many you eat)
So I gave myself a stern talking to. Forget the Powerball draws. To win any decent amount of cash, you must have the number that matches the "powerball", a very iffy prospect. Forget all the weekday draws, unless they've jackpotted so high you'd be a fool not to take a chance.
Stick with just a single ticket (or two) on the Saturday mega draws.
Okay, decision made.
Now, the cost of buying a ticket has gone up again.
Oh Phooey! I'm back to buying a single ticket.
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