Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Mood I Am In

There are not enough emoticons to express my joy. I am on the web, capping off a remarkable nine days that began with me learning to read.

I am Ornery Citizen, Ornery to my parents, and Hank to my friends. Thank you for visiting.

According to the dictionary, "ornery" means "mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous," and it is an alteration of "ordinary." I suppose that we have the same people to thank who turned "mean" from "average" (one might say ordinary) to denoting so many less pleasant things.

At any rate, I am Ornery Citizen, and I prefer to recall the ordinariness my name implies rather than anything less civil. That is not to say I can't be uncivil—you will notice that I sometimes use apostrophes in something so formal as writing, or typing. This blog will be my occasion to share the point of view of one ordinary American with the world. So what if I do use the subjunctive mood?


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