Avuncular: a word that popped into my head today and I had no idea why. I didn’t even know what it meant. I looked it up and find that it means “pertaining to, or characteristic of, an uncle.” Huh? Why do we even have a word like this? When was it necessary to describe someone’s behavior as very “uncle-like,” but they never needed to make special words for those behaving in particularly motherly or fatherly ways? What about aunts? Does no one ever behave like an aunt? Words like this are great examples of why the grammar-nazis are constantly hovering over the English language, attempting to protect it from the ever creeping menace of things like l33t sp34k and other atrocities. Sometime, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, “avuncular” was a part of some idiotic clique’s collection of catchphrases that somehow stuck around, and now it’s an official word. Unused, but official.
A Sternly Worded Letter is going to be finding its way to American Honda very soon. My Ridgeline
is was in the shop for a second time in TWO MONTHS for the same problem: CV boot replacement. The inner CV boot, which is a little rubber cone-like thing that covers the driveshaft that goes from the engine to one of the front wheels, tore and is leaking its vital grease. There’s four of them, two per side, one on the engine, one on the wheel. It’s a $220 repair to fix this. Twice now, one on each side of the engine. I can understand one getting torn by something that finds its unfortunate way up to one side or the other of the engine and tears the boot. But two . . . in that short of a time period? Something’s a bit fishy. And of course they’re not covered under warranty – they’re “wear and tear” items. Of course.
You know, I’m done. I’m just real cranky today. I’m tired – I have been for a couple of weeks now. And not much has gone right today. Done.