Saturday, 31 January 2009

A Word for January

RECIDIVISM n. Habitual relapsing into criminal or otherwise antisocial behaviour. As for example, a neighbor's habitually letting his German shepherd run loose in the street, playing Scott Joplin records at full volume, or assaulting itinerant Mormans. Note the difference from atavism, which is the re-appearance of a more primitive form of behaviour; as, for example, a neighbor running loose in the street himself, playing Scottish country dance records at full volume, or not assaulting itinerant Mormans.

The Superior Person's Book of Words, Peter Bowler

I was thinking more along the lines of how this might apply to broken resolutions...
but I'm still doing well with my goals, thank you!

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