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Shakespearean Imagination

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It's Wednesday, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

In honor of that, I give you today’s word:

mountaineer : moun•tain•eer /ˌmountnˈi(ə)r/ (noun):


noun
- a person who climbs mountains
- a person who lives in a mountainous region



Synonyms: mountain climber


First seen in Shakespeare's Cymbeline (written 1609- 1610). The full text of the play may be found here.

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Apr. 16th, 2014

Trust your feelings. Anything that feels constricted, tight, afraid, stressed out and small is an indication that you are off course. If you feel expansive, inspired, turned on, and tapped into your bigness- you’re heading in the right direction.

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Apr. 16th, 2014

Today, I am going to have fun with my family. Squee!

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Tuesday Word: sockdolager

A sockdolager is a decisive blow, whether the punch to the face that knocks out the boxer or the statement that sends that person you got into a debate with over the Continental European shoe sizing system versus the Mondopoint system or whether sausage is best consumed in patty or link form, or whatever people are getting riled up about these days, running off with their (hopefully metaphorical?) tail between their legs. It can also be anything EXTREME -- very loud, heavy, difficult, long, etc. It's a very silly-sounding word that demands to be taken seriously!

Take its fortuitous role in American history. In the sense of a knock-out blow, sockdolager sort of turned out to be the sockdolager for Abraham Lincoln, whose assassin, John Wilkes Booth, used a line from Our American Cousin containing the adjectival form of sockdolager as a cue to enter Lincoln's theater box and shoot him.

"Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, you sockdologising old man-trap."

This line was apparently so hilarious that it generated enough laughter to cover and distract the audience from Booth's movements. Or maybe Booth figured he'd have to leave the play after he murdered Lincoln, so hey, why not at least hold off until they got to his favorite part? The world may never know.

Sockdolager comes from "sock" as in "hit" -- sock it to me! -- and...dolager? Well, that's another mystery.

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