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Written about Friday 2014-08-15
Written: (1158 days ago)
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[Nioniel] gave me the word "obfuscate". Here's the result.



obfuscate
Line breaks: ob|fus|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbfʌskeɪt/

verb [with object]
1. Make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible: the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins
1.1. Bewilder (someone): the new rule is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them

Origin late Middle English: from late Latin obfuscat- 'darkened', from the verb obfuscare, based on Latin fuscus 'dark'.



"Obfuscator, obfuscate, make my brain as flat as a cake," muttered the new girl, tapping her sparkly pen against the page. Her book was most definitely not open to the chapter on European colonialism. Janet shifted on her chair, attempting to stretch her legs while looking at the movement of the new girl's fingers. What was her name? Helen— no, Ellen? Worth a try.

"Ellen," she hissed. No reaction. "Ellen!" she tried again, this time reaching over the gap between their desks just enough to poke the neon-green-clad elbow that jutted out towards her. Grey eyes flashed to Janet, then made an exaggerated roll in their sockets.

"It's Lena, you twit," the girl hissed back. Then she shushed Janet and pointedly turned her attention to Ms Ramsworth.

Lena. Right. Janet glanced at her watch, shrugged, and tuned in.

~

"Hey! Lena!" A girl's voice pierced through the instrumental solo currently blaring from her headphones. She simultaneously lifted an ear pad and an eyebrow, sweeping a glance over the person currently encroaching on her personal bubble. Her gaze paused briefly at the unicorn pendant dangling just above neckline, then at the lip piercing, before she flicked it up to deep yellow eyes.

Lena blinked, quirking a smile. "Nice contacts...twit," she said. The other girl blew out a short breath through her nose, her forehead scrunching ever so slightly. "You're Janet, right?" Lena steered to the side and sat on the corner of a table covered with leaflets in a hundred screaming colours. Janet the twit perched right next to her.

"Yeah. So what was that word you used just now? In class I mean."

A faint scent of peppermint drifted to Lena's nostrils, and she absently rubbed at the bridge of her nose. Then she grinned. "From what I can tell so far, it's Ms Ramsworth's favourite pastime." Janet blinked at her, and she sighed. "To obfuscate means to deliberately make something confusing."

She pushed off the table and read the direction signs hanging from the ceiling, then plucked a long red hair off her sleeve. Before she let it fall to the floor, she grasped Janet's chin with the fingers of her free hand and planted a lipstick print right at the corner of the girl's mouth.

"See you tomorrow, twit," she said.

"Later, Ellen," said Janet, pulling her hair back into a ponytail.
1166642  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2014-08-15
Written: (1159 days ago)

To facilitate my attempt to return to writing (semi-)regularly again, it's time for a PROMPT CALL~
Gimmeh words, please. :)

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Written about Thursday 2014-08-14
Written: (1159 days ago)
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*takes a deep breath*



eeeeeeeeep.





*submits to Daily Poem for the first time in nine years*

1166616  Link to this entry 
Written about Thursday 2014-08-14
Written: (1159 days ago)
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1166139  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2014-08-03
Written: (1171 days ago)
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I'm baaaaaack and have 500+ photos to sort through and also books to read for an exam next Saturday and just lots of stuff to do in general but Elftown will always be open in a tab so wheeee. Um. Hi.

Always seem to be a little bit off the day after travelling. Well, more off than usual, that is.

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Written about Sunday 2014-07-27
Written: (1177 days ago)
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Off to Paris in the morning. :3

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Written about Thursday 2014-07-17
Written: (1188 days ago)
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Hi there.

I'm sort of back, but not really. Due to reasons, I have retired from the council (for now); however, I'm still open to help out wherever I can. My presence here will continue to be sporadic. For the next couple of weeks I'm going to play catch-up between reading novels for a lit exam, writing an essay on functional grammar, playing Path of Exile, cleaning my room here in Helsinki, and just life in general.

Oh, also, going to Paris in a week and a half.

I'll try not to disappear for months on end again.

1159942  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-05-05
Written: (1625 days ago)
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I suddenly realised that my 10-year Elftown anniversary went by a couple of months ago. Huh. So time flies. :P

1159053  Link to this entry 
Written about Thursday 2013-04-04
Written: (1657 days ago)
Next in thread: 1159326

Day one on sertraline. Slight nausea coming and going pretty consistently. Can't wait for the other probable side effects. <_<

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Written about Tuesday 2013-03-26
Written: (1665 days ago)
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Random member zapping just have me my own house. Heh.

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Written about Monday 2013-02-04
Written: (1715 days ago)

So, uh... Let me tell you a bit about what is going on in the English Philology department (which is no longer a department; they did away with those in the Faculty of Humanities back in 2008 before I even started there) here in Oulu. Last academic year, Professor Anthony Johnson jumped ship and spirited himself away to Åbo Akademi, the Swedish-speaking university in Turku. He visits at frequent intervals, giving guest lectures and handling things with the Irish Festival. However, the move meant that quite a few post-grads had to shuffle their lives accordingly. A friend of mine who is working on her PhD still lives in Oulu but moved her studies to Turku. Either way, we were left with a vacancy.

In the autumn, two people applied for the role of Professor. Lisa-Lena, the then-Head of English Philology earned the spot but continued to be absent a lot. That's okay, as Professor she wouldn't need to be around quite so much, right? The other person, Elise, subsequently picked up the duties of Head. All's well and good!

...except not.

This morning, Head informs the students via e-mail that the Professor has passed away. The grapevine tells me it was most likely cancer. So this leaves us sans Professor for the second time within a year and skeptical of how long it will be before this ship sinks at last. It's been leaking for a long while.

Exciting times!

1157022  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-01-20
Written: (1730 days ago)

Finished rewatching North & South. Aaaaaagh. *insert keysmash* Lovely thing of loveliness!

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Written about Monday 2012-12-24
Written: (1757 days ago)

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