So, I’m starting this blog. The idea, for now, is that it’s about anything and everything that amuses, distracts, delights, enrages, or otherwise captivates me. I hope that it will amuse, distract, delight, enrage, and captivate you as well.
I’ve decided to go with the “Sean Patters On” idea for now. Here’s why:
(From the Free Dictionary)
pat·ter 2v. pat·tered, pat·ter·ing, pat·tersv.intr.1. To speak or chatter glibly and rapidly.2. To mumble prayers in a mechanical manner.v.tr.To utter in a glib, rapid, or mechanical manner.n.1. The jargon of a particular group; cant.2. Glib rapid speech, as of an auctioneer, salesperson, or comedian.3. Meaningless talk; chatter.
[Middle English pateren, shortening and alteration of paternoster, paternoster (from the mechanical and rapid recitation of the prayer); see paternoster.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
I am proud to say that I can still recite the Pater Noster at warp speed. (Gratias vobis ago, Mr. Trower, Mr. Knight, Fr. Boudreaux, et Prof. Pearce.) I can do the Ave Maria, too, but it’s all downhill from there. But what’s interesting, and I did not realize this before now, is that “paternoster” is a word in and of itself:
pa·ter·nos·tern.1. often Paternoster The Lord’s Prayer.(Okay, that one I knew, but the others are fabulously new to me.)2. One of the large beads on a rosary on which the Lord’s Prayer is said.3. A sequence of words spoken as a prayer or a magic formula.4. A weighted fishing line having several jointed attachments for hooks connected by beadlike swivels.5. An elevator constructed of a series of doorless compartments hung on chains that move slowly and continuously, allowing passengers to step on and off at will.
[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin : Latin pater, father; see pater + Latin noster, our; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots.]
So, that’s the idea. I shall henceforth use this blog to chatter rapidly and glibly about whatever. I’ll play around with how it looks, too, maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. I’m fickle.
And future posts (probably) won’t be as lame as this one.