oddly, i don't often pronounce the "s" like a "z" in the plural. in fact, i've never actually thought about it until i read your comment, qroqqa; though i was mildly aware of it. and i've never pronounced the "th" like /dh/ in the plural of "baths", either. strange.
RE sarra: i wasn't able to find citations either, and i did look for a while. so i understand your frustration. i KNOW i've heard it in a movie in this sense, but it totally escapes me. RE telofy: yes indeed, true has a plethora of connotations. my favourite meaning is the original one, "steadfast, loyal", from "treowe" -- i hadn't heard the reference to "tree", but that is very, very interesting. obviously i'll have to visit this Heritage site. also, is "thesaurus" a verb? of course, if thesaurus doesn't have a verb form then i'd say it's up for grabs but i haven't heard it used as one.
i was referring to your construction, actually. on your note, i believe just having that feeling is a good sign. i hold fast to the phrase "hope springs eternal in the human breast". self-trust is a complicated and uncomplicated concept for discussion, but i try to conquer downwardly spiraling ideas with idyllic hope. if that means anything.
dolmeh, that's good to know. i'll put that in the wordbank. personally i like them hot as well as cold. definitely one of my favorite words ever. tangentially, do you know what "tom kha talay" is? THAT is my favorite.
"Like many other members of the Corvidae family, the rook features prominently in folklore. Traditionally, rooks are said to be able to forecast weather and to sense the approach of death. If a rookery — the colonial nesting area of rooks — were abandoned, it was said to bring bad fortune for the family that owned the land. Another folk-tale holds that rooks are responsible for escorting the souls of the virtuous dead to heaven. William Butler Yeats may be making reference to the latter tale in his poem The Cold Heaven." -Wikipedia.
telofy, i know this isn't at all pertinent to your question, so i apologise for the irrelevant quote, but i haven't yet come across a "go straight" reference. though i have heard that, perhaps once or twice.
"keep true to the dreams of thy youth." - Friedrich von Schiller
i always like to look at words containing "unrealistic" or "unrealistically" in their definitions with optimism, like "dreamer" or "romantic". someone should make a list of Words for the Self-Proclaimed Naïve.
Stuffed grape leaves are called dolmeh in Persian. I have about two dozen in my fridge right now. I made them yesterday. Some people eat them hot. I prefer my dolmeh cold (after they've been sitting in a little olive oil and lemon juice for a day or two).