MISS, n. The title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Missis (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. In the general abolition of social titles in this our country they miraculously escaped to plague us. If we must have them let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to Mh.
2007 Update: v.t. To pine for fanciful forests while mowing the lawn. To appreciate from a safe distance.
A note on holiday CDs: The elvish assembly The Meditations of Diogenes The Cynic box set has begun. Some of you have emailed me addresses, the rest may still. Because I am absent-minded and cluttered in mind and inbox, if you have sent an address, you might want to double check that I remember I've received it. If you haven't sent an address, there will be no present from Santa (Clarita) under your tree this year unless you do. My email, again: dpascover at mac dot com.