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Life is too serious to take seriously

I host an event called the Full Moon Open Mic at Metropolis Coffee every, you guessed it, full moon. Chicago’s next full moon is April 15. That’s the same day taxes are due. Beware of Werewolves and missing W2s. Here is a cut from the last open mic, in which I perform. Live. No notes. A lot of ‘umms’ and ‘likes’.

A quick reference for my fellow language nerds out there, courtesy of the Online Etymology Dictionary:

melt (v.)
Old English meltan “become liquid, consume by fire, burn up” (class III strong verb; past tense mealt, past participle molten), from Proto-Germanic *meltanan; fused with Old English gemæltan (Anglian), gemyltan (West Saxon) “make liquid,” from Proto-Germanic *gamaltijanan (cf. Old Norse melta “to digest”), both from PIE *meldh-, (cf. Sanskrit mrduh “soft, mild,” Greek meldein “to melt, make liquid,” Latin mollis “soft, mild”), from root *mel- “soft,” with derivatives referring to soft or softened (especially ground) materials (see mild). Figurative use by c.1200. Related: Melted; melting.

molt (v.)
also moult, mid-14c., mouten, of feathers, “to be shed,” from Old English *mutian “to change” (cf. bemutian “to exchange”), from Latin mutare “to change” (see mutable). Transitive sense, of birds, “to shed feathers” is first attested 1520s. With parasitic -l-, late 16c., on model of fault, etc. Related: Molted, moulted; molting, moulting. As a noun from 1815.

 

 

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