Two French Verbs or Three

There are two French verbs, s’attarder and s’attacher that make me think of the semantic ground covered by linger awhile, dwell upon and brood over. Yet the valence is different and can be set in the key of “mindfulness” or that of “inattention” and “habituation”. To become delayed and to grow attached. Time and roots. Easy to spend. Hard to eradicate. But that is another verb, s’enraciner, almost German in its insistence. Attachments need not have depth; the clinging can be all surface.

And so for day 165
28.05.2007

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