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October 26th, 2001 - 3:23 a.m.

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Roughly a year ago (give or take maybe 30 minutes), this is what I was babbling about on this diary. (This ploy blatently stolen from Marn, but since she's off in Oz freaking 'stralia, and because she's so nice, I don't think she'll mind. Besides, I still gimmicks and things from others all the time, and I haven't heard them complain yet. Well, maybe a little bit.)

Words Are Getting Tedious

magnanimous (adj. mag-NAN-uh-mus)

1 : showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit

2 : showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind

When you see anima, animus, or a similar formation in a word, it's an indicator of something alive, lively, or spirited. Something animated is full of life, for example, and an animal is a living, breathing thing. The Latin word animus means soul or spirit. In magnanimous, that animus is joined by the Latin magnus, meaning great. Basically meaning greatness of spirit, magnanimity is the opposite of pettiness. A truly magnanimous person can lose without complaining and win without gloating. Angry disputes can sometimes be resolved when one side makes a magnanimous gesture toward another.

Valhalla (n. val-HAL-uh or vahl-HAHL-uh)

: the great hall in Norse mythology where the souls of heroes slain in battle are received

In Norse mythology, the souls of warriors who died nobly in battle were brought to a magnificent palace, where they spent their days fighting for diversion, immune from lasting injury, and their evenings lustily feasting on freshly killed boar and quaffing freely-flowing mead. In Old Norse, the word for this warrior heaven is Valholl(literally, hall of the slain); in German, it is Walhalla. English speakers picked up the name as Valhalla in the 18th century. Nowadays, we can use the word figuratively, and induction or admission into a modern-day Valhalla doesn't require passing from this life. It can be a place of honor (a hall of fame, for example) or a place of bliss (as in an ice cream lover's Valhalla).

Did I have a point to this entry? Other than to make you read some of the very first things I wrote, not really. I think I've definately become less funny as the year has progressed. Whatever happened to that subtle madness? I miss it. Oh yeah, anybody want to buy me an early Christmas gift?

P.S. I spent time reading "The Broke Diaries" by Angela Nissel tonight in the bookstore. I was amused, but maybe it's just because I can relate.

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