For a while when growing up, I though that "bemusement" meant something halfway between amusement and confusion, instead of being synonymous with the latter. You know, the feeling you get when you have no idea what's going on, but it's still pretty entertaining. The sort of feeling you get when you're listening to a little kid tell a story, or watching some dumb fun movie where nothing makes sense.
I guess what I'm saying, is that I wish bemusement really meant that, and since it doesn't, someone should totally invent a word for that.
@Lu2 Thanks! Glad someone else was as tickled by the name as I was (and no, it's not my name!). I loved John Hodgman's books (I was fascinated as a kid by the Book of Lists my grandmother had, and they reminded me a lot of that).
I've loved reading this series, as a 26-year-old virgin myself. This is the one I've most related to, so so much, that if I tried to list all the parts I related to, I'd just end up quoting most of the article (especially being more worried about lack of relationship experience than sexual). I've had occasional instances of attraction, celebrity "crushes," but never anything I've felt particularly compelled to act on. Just...general disinterest in it all. The analysis of "why" at the beginning, though...I've definitely thought about why, but my parents are happily, love-ily married, and I didn't have a religious upbringing, so those are both out of the picture. But thanks again to Eliot and this series in general.
@Amphora I haven't read that either! Sigh...another book for my ever-expanding reading list.
@Amphora It's a real book! I kinda want to read it.
@FickleMoon When in doubt, they'll go with 'objects for a fertility ritual.' They usually do.
*clears throat, pushes up glasses* I think you'll find it's Pliny the Younger who wrote the above quote, seeing as Pliny the Elder, his uncle, died in the course of the eruption.
...I'm sorry. Loved the article itself, though! I just...have to use this degree somewhere.
@anachronistique Ugh, I could have sworn I clicked to reply to your comment! That's so sad about your funding, especially if it was promised. But an MA is still an accomplishment (I say to myself, hopefully)! I was in a terminal MA program, and am now applying to teaching jobs (in between nerding out on the internet). My thesis was on Servius (the Vergilian commentator), which involves a lot of explaining anytime anyone not in Classics asks me about it.
ETA: God, I really love parentheses, don't I?
@The Lady of Shalott The Heroides? Were you a Classics student? If so, awesome! I finished my M.A. thesis up a month or so ago. It wasn't as groundbreaking/interesting as I necessarily wanted it to be, but I think it was decent, and it wasn't too bad in the writing of it, either. And luckily, we don't have to do an actual defense, or I might have died.
Off topic, but I have the exact same pillow as you! On topic, I can't wait to try this on my short hair. Here's to hoping there's a 1920s theme party in my future!