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Sunday, May 11, 2008

PANTAGRUELIAN: "Enormous; displaying extravagant and coarse humor"

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This week's theme: eponyms.

pantagruelian (pan-tuh-groo-EL-ee-uhn) adjective

1. Enormous.

2. Displaying extravagant and coarse humor.

[After Pantagruel, a giant king with an enormous appetite, the son of Gargantua, depicted in a series of novels by Fran├žois Rabelais (c. 1490-1553).]

-Anu Garg (words at

"[Ilan Ros's] jowls are scarlet, and he's wearing a loose apron over his Pantagruelian belly. He begins by gobbling up three slices of cold meat in quick succession and then wipes his mouth on a paper napkin." Yasmina Khadra (pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul); The Attack (translated by John Cullen); Doubleday; 2006.

The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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