August 1st, 2012

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Shakespearean Imagination

Well met, friends!

It's Wednesday again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

The Summer Olympics are well underway, after an amazing start with the Opening Ceremonies. (Sorry, naysayers; the Queen and James Bond jumped out of a helicopter. Your argument is invalid.)

Yesterday, the world watched Michael Phelps make Olympic history yet again. Already the athlete with the most gold medals ever – currently 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze – his gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay yesterday surpassed the record for overall career medal count, held for nearly half a century by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won 18 medals – 9 of them gold – from 1956-1964. No matter your home nation or who you might be cheering for, I think we can all agree that Phelps’ achievement is:

monumental : mon•u•men•tal /ˌmänyəˈmentl/ (adjective) :

- Great in importance, extent, or size.
- (as a work of art) Great in ambition and scope.
- Of or pertaining to a monument.

Synonyms: august - baronial - epic - gallant - glorious - grandiose - heroic (also heroical) - Homeric -imperial - imposing - magnific - magnificent - majestic - massive - grand - noble - proud - regal - royal -splendid - stately

First seen in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (written 1601-1602). The full text of the play may be found here.