Ok, so this is less Week In Review and more Things That Have Been On My Mind Lately, but as you can see, that is not a very catchy title. But the things that have been on my mind lately are all super important and fascinating especially to people who are new to the English language and are not quite sure of the definition of important and fascinating.
1. Why are all the Cathys now Kathys? What happened to Catherine that she had to evolve/intelligently design into Katherine?
2. In the palm of your hand. I don’t understand this expression. Why is it good to have something in the palm of your hand? Doesn’t it mean that you’re walking around with a cupped palm so that whatever you have in the palm of your hand doesn’t fall out?
And why am I imagining a baby chick in the palm of your hand?
And then that “eating out of the palm of your hand”– what is that? Why is someone eating that adorable yellow chick out of your hand and why is this something to be desired? If someone is going to be eating out of my hand, I am going to need a pretty substantial hand sanitizer budget.
3. Forks vs. Spoons. Ok, when you eat cake or pie or some other dessert, do you eat it with a fork or a spoon? Because in my experience, Russians pick a spoon and Americans pick a fork. I do not know why that is but I do know that this afternoon when I was confronted with some cake I was very Woe is Me because I couldn’t find a fork and had to eat it with a spoon like a Cossack. In some ways, spoons make more sense, dessert-wise, because it allows for greater surface coverage, but I’m so Americanized now that I need tines for cake.
So, you see, deep thoughts.
Cathy, palms, baby chicks and spoons.
No wonder science is knocking on my door seeking a brain donation.