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Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Thing To Do Today: baffle someone.

 As Emma says, one half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

As Polonius says, to thine own self be true.

Now, just because Emma and Polonius are both rather foolish characters, it doesn't mean that they don't talk sense from time to time. This is a day to embrace your pleasures, however baffling they may be to others.

So: update your moth spread-sheet. Watch the football. Play your recorder. Make a paper flamingo. Take that car engine to pieces. Wear those stilettos. Swim in that river. Watch that soap. Eat some rotten fish (you're probably Swedish if you're doing this. It's called surströmming).

Knit a sock. Go train spotting.

And whatever you do, whatever funny looks you get, enjoy every moment.

Word To Use Today: baffle. This word is, well, baffling. It might come from the Scots dialect word bachlen, to condemn publicly; or it might come from the French bafouer, to disgrace or ridicule, or from the French word beffer, to mock or deceive.


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