happy second day of spring

Well, we don't read the dictionary often enough, anyway.  I'm sorry for all that material  I dumped on you yesterday but I found out what I wanted to find out and I'll give you my notes now:  

surveil as a verb is  a new word, originating in the 1960s. I noticed it first in weather foreccasters' vocabulary. It is what is called a back formation, from the noun.

careen/career - note the different definitions.  You can tell whether the writer is British (Canadian) or American by the choice of the verb.  I notice these things.

oblivious - to, please, not of

both -  nowhere is there a construction, "the both of you". So awkward!

deal - similarly, you won't find "big of a" as in "it's not that big of a deal".  Why the extra verbiage?

forte - I have my grandfather's pronouncing dictionary which I have always relied on.  Forte, the noun, is pronounced FORT.The adjective is FORTAY.  Pianoforte (the instrument that plays soft/loud) I think was originally pronounced pianoFORTAY, but I hear only pianoFORT now.

bored - bored with, please, but I have heard bored by.  Never bored of. There is a note in the dictionary (see March 20) about the confusion with tired of.

mayonnaise - I putt that in  because I sometimes have trouble spelling it, with two esses instead of two enns.  The dictionary note says it comes from Mahon, the capital of Minorca - mahon-aise.  That's why I want to spell it without the second enn.   I read somewhere that the chef of the Duc de Mahon created a new sauce for his master when he ran out of cream.  As you know, mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil.

diarrhoea - I put that in because I can't spell it. I always leave out the o.

Enough already.