maverick

14 March, 2009 § Leave a comment

grown-ups seem to associate this word with me. i’ve heard it twice in a single week.  of course, i’ve come across this word before but never quite understood the meaning. so i thought i should educate myself.  consulted the dictionary.

Pronunciation:\ˈmav-rik, ˈma-və-\

Function: noun

Etymology: Samuel A. Maverick 1870 American pioneer who did not brand his calves

Date: 1867

1: an unbranded range animal ; especially : a motherless calf

2: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

i definately feel like a caged animal some days. and i do try to stay clear of humans most days. so maybe the grown-ups are right.

speaking of ignoring people, it was pretty neat to discover that i’m not the only one who doesn’t feel weird doing it.  this old post by Hugh McLeod on his blog, gapingvoid, made me feel less alien, more human.  thanks Hugh.

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