[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day

Sonja Crocker sonja_crocker at usa.com
Wed Feb 13 09:27:13 PST 2002

Sorry I haven't been putting up the word of the day.  I had a serious bought with Tendonitis.  It is doing better, but still flares up from time to time.  So, while it is doing ok, here is the word of the day....


Elevated; in good spirits:  [from] Anglo-Saxon a, on, and headhu, height.
--Edward Lloyd's Encyclopaedic Dictionary, 1895

On this date in 1763, the diary of James Boswell contained the following observations on the stimulating effects of a favorite beverage:  "I was really a good deal low-spirited all the forenoon.  In the evening, my mind cleared up.  I was pleased and lively, and my genius was in fine humour for composition.  I wrote several fanciful essays that pleased my highly.  The human mind is really curious; I can answer for my own.  For here now, in the space of a few hours, I was a dull and miserable, a clever and a happy mortal, and all without the intervention of any external cause, except a dish of green tea, which indeed is a most kind remedy in cases of this kind.  Often I have found relief from it.  I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dessertation on its virtues.  It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spiritous liquors.  Gentle herb!  Let the florid grape yield to thee."

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