Friday, January 1, 2010




1 : of, possessing, or imparting a state of utmost bliss
2 : having a blissful appearance

this word is entirely appropriate for today, as the new year has made me feel overtly blissful. i am positive about a new decade and what awaits.

i have seen this word in speech, but i have never used it. i'm surprised at its pronunciation—i've always read it as bee-TIFF-ik. but there's an "uh."


the word always just made me think of the beat generation. my first pop culture association with that generation was watching pia zadora iron her hair in john waters' hairspray. that scene is pretty amazing. after that i fantasized a lot about ironing my hair, but never followed through. i did learn the mashed potato, though. that movie was really a huge influence on my taste in music and dancing.

thanks, john waters, for imprinting good taste on my nine-year-old self!

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