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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In the "Learn Something New Each Day" Department

As I have written before, I do some crosswords each morning to clear the cobwebs from my feeble mind. They serve another purpose, though, they also sometimes provide grist for the mill. This morning, for example, a clue and its answer caused me to ponder... something very similar to musing.

The clue had to do with the puzzles theme. The theme for the puzzles I do are written just above them, making the clue fairly easy to figure out. But the answer bothered me a little. And, being bothered, I then bothered to look it up in the dictionary.

The theme was "All About Me", the clue was "Kind of person who fits this puzzle's theme."

The answer was "egoist."

That's a common word in the crossword puzzles I do and it bothered me. It always bothers me. I thought the word should be "egotist." But, as it turns out, there is a subtle difference between the two. An egotist, it appears, is worse than an egoist.

I didn't know that.

Did you?

And I am no longer sure which term applies to me.

I also learned an entirely new word: "curtesy." Look it up... surprising.

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