Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wacky Word Wednesday - Pusillanimous

Pusillanimous
by Rachel Hoyt

image by David Castillo Domanici via freedigitalphotos.net
Pusillanimous rhymes with unanimous
but implies that fear lives within us.
Yes, cowardly is a word that's synonymous
with this one you won't hear on the bus -
it's pretentious cousin, pusillanimous.

© 2012 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

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9 comments:

  1. Well Rachel...that is certainly one that I have never heard before LOL.

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    1. I hadn't either and I found it in a book called "test words everyone should know". LOL. Somehow I managed to do ok on the SATs etc without knowing many many of these words. :)

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  2. I thought it was too many cats or too many pussy's. I know which one I'd prefer, did I just say that? OK goodnight

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    1. LOL. Perhaps that is the slang definition? :P Sleep well!

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  3. Oh, boy! One I've heard before! It's actually used by the Wizard in "The Wizard of Oz" when he speaks of "pusillanimous creatures". Can't tell I've watched that movie a bazillion times! :)

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    1. Great reference Martha! I haven't watched that movie in quite a while and don't remember him saying that. Now I want to watch it again. :)

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  4. This was a vocabulary word on my teacher's desk.
    I would hang out there when I was being a pest.
    I think there's a derivative word, shorter than that,
    or maybe it's a reference to a cuddly cat.

    (You know the word I mean.)

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    1. Hehe. Yes, I know what you mean. :) Who knew this was the true root of the popular phrase? :P

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Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...