After having returned from the follow up visit (or, rather, the first follow up visit) with Dr Stites-- it was scheduled at 0945 but I was done with the preliminaries with the nurse by 0930 and with Dr Stites... well, am not sure: but the car was scheduled to collect me between 1045 and 1115, I called for it early, and was here at my desk by 1030. Am done with any dietary limitations: although I'm supposed to aim for 'high fiber' foods. To celebrate this, I ordered a loaf of rye bread (toast!) and a pot of pork paté for supper from Noisette downtown.
More or less by happenstance am listening to Marin Marais's Alcione and notice, once again, that the melody of the Marche pour les Matelots et les Tritons is that of the Christmas carol Masters in the Hall. Whether I've remarked this here before, I cannot recall.
The N.E.D. (1915) comment on this entry, ‘Not now in polite use’, remains broadly true: the word appears to have fallen out of use in literary and standard use in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is now not generally acceptable in more formal contexts. In informal use it is more common, and in literal contexts it is generally regarded as no more than mildly vulgar, and probably less so than (e.g.) shit or crap. By contrast, use in descriptions of people is usually derogatory and typically regarded as offensive.For the sake of euphemism the word is sometimes written with asterisks, dashes, etc., to represent suppressed letters.