The useful word:
'comploration', and it means crying and weeping together. The example given was something like this....."Is your mother coming over this Christmas, for the usual comploration?". I am fairly certain that word will be useful for some of you!
The link: go here to see some enchanting old photos of animals:
Here's the main link: http://www.onemoreriver.org/11267/11632.html
The Rant: Yesterday while driving from the lab to get some food, I passed a guy in a wheelchair, who had stationed himself in the dividing lane of a major road, with a sign asking for donations. He was missing one leg, and he pushed a walker in front of his chair, which had a large American flag attached, and a supply of water and food.
I had just about decided to pull over and toss some bucks his way. I am as sympathetic as anyone to those who have lost life or limb in the service of the country. But then, I got close enough to see his sign. I have mentioned on my blog before how it bothers me to see/hear certain words in public. He was holding a cardboard sign on which he had printed ** "F*ck Iraq". So, tell me, how is a parent who has his/her children in the car and gets close enough for his/her children to read that sign explain it to them. Most people try hard to teach their children not to use that word (at least not in public) and here is a guy carrying a sign with it!
He didn't get any of my money, and as I turned the corner and passed near him, he raised his fists in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs because no one was dropping any donations into his pot.
Maybe he should change the way he is asking for them.
** Some would say that has been done already.
A second rant: I have had a lot of trouble today getting into the comments of people who have Haloscan. So if I usually visit your blog, and you didn't get a comment from me - now you know why.