Sunday, June 30, 2013


Cameron wrote, “What if I feel spite in spite of coming off a respite?” You can sense a question in there struggling to get out.

Spite is a shortened form of despite. It came from a Latin word meaning to look down upon. So spite originally was a display of contempt, scorn, and disdain. It evolved into petty hatred with the intention to irritate, annoy, or thwart.

Respite comes from a Latin word that meant adjournment. It describes a delay, an extension of time, or a postponement. It is related to another Latin word that meant visual attention. The phrase “in spite of” fundamentally means in defiance or contempt in the face of.

So in all cases, the eyes have it.

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