I carry a notebook in my back pocket. It's a Moleskine, the famous notebook of Hemmingway and Picasso, as they claim so pretentiously on all their notebooks. It's a good notebook. The paper takes ink well and it's a good size to jot down random ideas. I love Moleskines.
Unfortunately, someone called it a diary. Being a reasonable young man, I took offense to that.
Teenage girls have diaries. I bought the notebook of Hemmingway, a manly man. I stated this and reiterated that it wasn't a diary, it was a notebook. They are two very different things.
The problem was that I was arguing with a young lady and all the proof and logic I provided meant nothing to her.
I thought that maybe if I put some things in writing she would understand.
Of course it accomplished nothing, but here it is all the same
A case for the Moleskine as a Notebook not a Diary
First let's define Diary.
Diary - noun
A daily record, usually private, esp. of the writer's own experiences, observations, feelings, attitudes, etc.
So what similarities are there between the definition of a diary and the tasks my Moleskin performs? I do record my attitudes and observations in the book. I do not daily record my experiences or feelings. Therefore while the Moleskine contains similarities to a dairy, it cannot be one since it does not meet the majority of the requirements.
Let us now define Notebook.
Notebook - noun
1. A book of or for notes.
Great, Dictionary.com just defined notebook as a "book" of "notes". That is tremendously helpful. I'm guessing they define douchebag as a "bag" of "douche." Well done.
We'll move on to the definition of Note.
1. A brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
2. An explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
3. A brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
4. Notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
That is what my Moleskine contains. My Moleskine is full of notes. It is, therefore, a notebook. I, therefore, am not keeping a diary. I am, therefore, still a man, like Hemmingway and Picasso.
Which is why I bought the book in the first place, to prove my manhood.