I was going to write about how interesting the word "resolve" is, this having nothing to do with New Year's Resolutions you understand (seeing as I don't do NY'sRs) (on the basis that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing as often as you can and as well as you can and shouldn't really be restricted to a list compiled whilst suffering the excesses of any particular season)
but first I have to do a little bit of this on the basis that The Teen (and presumably XCH, but that doesn't concern me anymore really, so I'll keep my nose out of his business) has returned from his(/their) snowboarding trip to Northern America (the continent of). . .


naturally enough the first thing he has done is turn on the tv to watch the programmes that Mini-Teen and Teen Too saved for him (a Sky televisual contraption being rather a good purchasing decision on my behalf, before I realised how broke I was) - so we've had back to back Top Gear repeats (I really must plan that holiday to Vietnam) and The Top Ten Frasiers (how could anyone decide that one episode was better than any other?) and the new Wallace and Grommit (there's not much on tv these days that a teen is interested in) (oh, I forgot to mention South Park) (I wonder why)

it hasn't occurred to The Teen to put his laundry on, I wonder why (I'm doing an awful lot of wondering so soon into the new year - do you think this is a sign of things to come?) (probably) (I wonder why) (again) - perhaps I'll let him get over his jetlag before I point him in the direction of the washing machine
so, where was I? oh yes, resolve:
not the opposite of solve, interestingly enough (altho, thinking about it, that would be unsolve, I suppose)
time for a little bit of on-line detective work:
  1. to be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution
  2. to melt; to dissolve; to become fluid; "when the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline" (Arbuthhnot)
  3. to be settled in opinion; to be convinced. "let men resolve of that as they plaease" (Locke)
  4. to form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflections as, to resolve on a better course of life
  5. synonym: to determine, decide, conclude, purpose
  6. origin: the sense "to be convinced, to determine" comes from the idea of loosening, breaking up into parts, analyzing, hence, determining

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm; a little bit more research presents me with a "disambiguation" list:

  • resolution (music)
  • resolve (song) by the Foo Fighters
  • resolve (album) by Lagwagon
  • RESOLVE a dispute resolution-related non-profit group
  • Operation Vigilant Resolve a U.S. military operation that took place in Fallujah, Iraq
  • Operation Mountain Resolve a U.S. military operation that took place in Afghanistan
  • Claris Resolve a spreadsheet program

(disambiguation, strangely enough, always makes me think of the favourite word of therapists: discombobulation) (any therapists out there, I challenge you to admit to never having once used that word, and anyone who is not a therapist I challenge you to confess to ever having used it)

bobbles. . . not bubbles
(*makes note to sack the Picture Editor*)

I must have been thinking of the musical version of the word - and I'm not referring to the Foo Fighters (whoever they are) - and I do so hope that the above list doesn't bring me war-mongering types thru Google searches

I like the way music resolves

probably Barber's Adagio being the best example of this I can think of right now (altho purists amongst you will not doubt complain about William Orbit's interpretation; but then if you are that pure you might be persuaded to play your own version of it now I've prodded your brain in that direction. . . I'm not that pure, I'm just a girl who likes nice music and pretty pictures)


KAZ said...

discombobulate - according to Chambers means upset - not like it to be so brief.
There is no entry in the Thesaurus.
So let's forget it.

I, Like The View said...

and there was me thinking it was something to do with getting the fuzz of one's knitwear

anyway, the word has rather too many syllables for me - either I'm very simple, or it's something to do with getting older. . .

(so does conbobulate mean set?)(and does that mean there are also words like uncombobulate, noncombobulate, incombobulate? actually, perhaps we should forget it!)

I, Like The View said...

I meant off, of course

I am getting older!

zIggI said...

I saw Thin Lizzy live, that's when I was young.

katherine. said...

I confess...I am NOT a therapist and I use the word discombobulated to describe the way people act following chemo. Many patients refer to themselves as having "chemo brain" but I like discombobulated....

Mel said...


I'm gonna find every reason I can today to use disambiguation--and cuz nobody'll have a clue, I'll use it every chance I get.

Would you like some disambiguation with your coffee?

Yes, please--two and one cream, thanks.