October 31st, 2008

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What ho, chaps!

Short, sharp and shiny one today!

Todays word is..

Sisyphean [sis-y-phe-an]; pron sis-i-fee'an}
adjective

Definition:
Laborious, endless and futile. This term is sometimes capitalised.

Etymology:
Greek, from Sisyphus, king of Corinth. Derives from the story of the legendary king Sisyphus, who was condemned after his death to perpetually roll a huge stone to the top of the hill in Tartarus (a punishing world below Hades itself), only to have it roll back each time he neared his goal.

Usage:
Being my day off, I really ought to begin the Sisyphean task of cleaning up my apartment. You'd think that when I moved into my own place, I'd find it easier to keep tidy but it's really not the case!


Sorry it's not as good as my previous ones, but I have a massive headache at the moment. D:
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Oct. 31st, 2008 - mephistophelian

Mephistophelian
adjective
showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil; "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"

mephistophelian. Dictionary.com. WordNet® 3.0. Princeton University. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mephistophelian (accessed: October 31, 2008).

Example:
Bob did not like Halloween. The pamphlets he gave the children explaining just how bad the corn syrup and refined sugar was for them, did not go over well. Those miniature mephistophelian miscreants let the air out of his tires, egged his house and performed other devilish Halloween tricks. What really bothered Bob was when their parents helped!

Happy Halloween!