Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Anthroblogging

This is awesome. Feel the rush. The only thing more fun--heck, I would even venture to say funner--than studying anthropology, is blogging about studying anthropology. Imagine riding a flaming rollercoaster as it slammed into a building full of clowns--that's how fun it is.

Anyways, this grammatical or semantic quirk is bothering me, from my anthropology book, Humankind Emerging:
The brandishing of sticks or branches enhances that effect and may have been enough, on occasion, to swing the balance to the hominids in a set-to with hyenas over the possession of a kill. [emphasis added]

What in the world is a "set-to"? Is it an ancient Chinese word for confrontation? How am I suppossed to study if I keep on being set-to by weird verbiage?

update:

From dictionary.com:

set-to: n. pl. set-·tos. 1. A brief, usually heated conflict or argument. 2. Ancient Chinese word for that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat. You know, that thing.

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