Monday, March 2, 2009

A word I just learned.

A couple weeks ago I picked up John Kenneth Galbraith's classic "The Great Crash 1929," an instructive little book about history repeating itself.

My college-age daughters mock me, but I am still studying for my SATs. I look up, try to memorize and use the words I learn. Not to be a snob, but because they interest me, and often though they're esoteric, these words are better and more accurate than any other word.

One word I picked up from Galbraith is usufruct. I love it. It sounds like something a Dickens' character would do or an object one would wield. As in, "Uriah Heap picked up a usufruct and struck his adversary."

Above is how Webster's defines usufruct.

It seems to me that a lot of high-rollers have usufructed us in a pretty bad way. And I'm not sure who gave them the "legal right" but they did it nonetheless.


Tore Claesson said...

Bob Hoffman said...

Sounds like what happens to you when your computer crashes.

geo said...

That's youse a-fucked.