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February 18, 2002 - 8:47 a.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
Ha. Um, more than 12 hours ago I sort of started this entry. Well, started would be rather optimistic. And now I find that after all the things I had to do today that I'm just too tired to care about this diary entry at the moment and too lazy to copy and paste it someplace so it can be saved for later, so I guess I'll just be hitting the done button soon.
gargantuan (adj. gar-GANT-shuh-wun)
: of tremendous size or volume : gigantic, colossal
Gargantua is the name of a giant king in Francois
Rabelais' great 16th-century satiric novel _Gargantua_. All of the details of Gargantua's life befit a giant. He rides a colossal mare whose tail switches so violently that it fells the entire forest of Orleans. He has an enormous appetite -- in one memorable incident, he inadvertently swallows five pilgrims while eating a salad. The scale of everything connected with Gargantua gave rise to the adjective gargantuan, which since Shakespeare's time has been used of anything of tremendous size or volume.
I read Gargantua...in French. It's kind of, blech. Let's just say it's not my favorite text ever. But then again, how many of us have favorite texts which originate in the 16th century?
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