Anne Marie
Subscriber since: April 2011
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A lover of words and word origins.
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Favorite Word:

pusillanimous
The alliteration is delightful, and its meaning is lucid, ascertainabled from each of its component parts: pusillus (very small) animous (spirit). To my mind, pusillus could be further deconstructed. Many Latin _pu_ words pertain to power, and the stem _il_ is dimunitive, thereby rendering the meaning of pussilus something along the lines of "little power," which may also explain why the Latin term pussilus referred to a young boy.
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Least Favorite Word:

vagina
Just too nasal, and there are more resonant, beautifully imagistic terms for this part of female anatomy.
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