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June 22 2009

Firefly expands one's vocabulary. Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--sanguine
Def: 1. Cheerfully optimistic or confident. 2. Having a healthy reddish color. 3. Blood-red.

From: Barbara Jungbauer (barbaraj

For eight or so years now, I've not been able to hear the word 'sanguine' without thinking of this exchange in my very favorite program of all time, a short-lived science-fiction, western, adventure, comedy program called, "Firefly".

ZoŽ: You sanguine about the kinda reception we're apt to receive on an Alliance ship, Captain?
Mal: Absolutely. What's "sanguine" mean?
ZoŽ: Sanguine. Hopeful. Plus, point of interest, it also means "bloody".
Mal: Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don't it?

I edited a little just to move some of the content to the extended description. I love it when Zoe uses wordplay at Mal's expense. This and the line about the ship being with Mal until he dies are two of my favorites.
I think we need an entire dictionary with 'Verse usage examples.

On second thought, one or two are cute, an entire dictionary is just sick.

Meanwhile, I could use the word AWESOME in an example sentence to describe the time I had at Slay-A-Thon this past weekend here in sunny Chicago. (But I'm sure you were there or at the very least, know how to use the word awesome.

ETA grammar

[ edited by alexreager on 2009-06-22 20:26 ]
Firefly taught me how to use the word "abide." I enjoy using it.
Mal: While I'm gone, Zoe is in command. Now, if I'm not back in an hour, I want you to take this ship, take off... and you come and you rescue me!
ZoŽ: What? And risk my new ship?
I always thought "sanguine" meant "hopeful" and "sanguinary" meant "bloody."
Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don't it?
I'd wondered if this was going to make Whedonesque. :)
Glad my fellow Browncoats also read A.W.A.D.

I received about a dozen emails from around the world thanking me for the post - both Browncoats and the uninitiated enjoyed the reference. I think we might have some recruiting happening.

Of course, when I responded to each email, I encouraged them to attend a CSTS event.

Several years ago, I posted to A.W.A.D about the word 'ait' and it actually made Anu's first book. That made me grin.

BarbaraJ aka
Knibblet the Magnificent
I, too, subscribe to A.Word.A.Day and was tickled to see this response! Thanks for posting it!

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