You probably could have guessed we'd present something like this this week. I was there and have, like everyone, lots of stories. But this one is particularly CHICLE relevant. We had tickets to the parade, which meant we got to spend a long time sitting on bleachers trying not to think about COLD and NUMBNESS and ... We certainly got to know our neighbors.
Sitting in the row in front of us were five very cute, very vivacious, very cold 20ish young men. Only they were speaking a language that I couldn't identify after a fair amount of eavesdropping. So I asked them what they were speaking. Nepali. (No wonder I didn't have a clue.) Their English wasn't great so I didn't find out a lot about them. But they sure could yell O-BA-MA with the rest of us. They loved every minute. I hugged a lot of people but, not knowing much about Nepali culture, I only shook their hands. And smiled. And smiled. And smiled.
I hope you can read this article from today's NY Times if you haven't yet. Multiculturalism, here we be!
Thanks to What's The Good Word.
Meaning: 1. The process of, or formal ceremony installing a high-ranking official in office. 2. An event that marks the beginning or introduction of something new.
Word History: This Good Word is part of the English language's French collection. French inherited the word from Latin inauguratio(n) "consecration under good omens," from inaugurare "consecrate under good omens". The Latin verb comprises in "in, on" + augurare "to augur, to predict, foretell from flocks of birds". Augur seems to have come from an earlier compound consisting of av- "bird" (as in aviary and aviation) + gar-, the root of garrire "to talk, speak". We find gar- in Latin garrulus "talkative", which English sneaked and tweaked to garrulous. The Sanskrit word from the same root, gar-, meant "to shout, call". May the birds bode well for President Obama.