Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Thursday, NEW YEARS DAY, 2009-- sanguine
Posted on 01/01/2009 6:12:03 AM PST by xsmommy
Word For The Day, Thursday, 1/1/09
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations. 2. reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion. 3. (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc. 4. bloody; sanguinary. 5. blood-red; red. 6. Heraldry. a reddish-purple tincture. noun 7. a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings
Etymology: 12751325; ME sanguyne a blood-red cloth < OF sanguin < L sanguineus bloody, equiv. to sanguin-, s. of sanguis blood + -eus -eous san'guine·ly adv., san'guine·ness, san·guin'i·ty n.
Word History: The similarity in form between sanguine, "cheerfully optimistic," and sanguinary, "bloodthirsty," may prompt one to wonder how they have come to have such different meanings. The explanation lies in medieval physiology with its notion of the four humors or bodily fluids (blood, bile, phlegm, and black bile). The relative proportions of these fluids was thought to determine a person's temperament. If blood was the predominant humor, one had a ruddy face and a disposition marked by courage, hope, and a readiness to fall in love. Such a temperament was called sanguine, the Middle English ancestor of our word sanguine. The source of the Middle English word was Old French sanguin, itself from Latin sanguineus. Both the Old French and Latin words meant "bloody," "blood-colored," Old French sanguin having the sense "sanguine in temperament" as well. Latin sanguineus was in turn derived from sanguis, "blood," just as English sanguinary is. The English adjective sanguine, first recorded in Middle English before 1350, continues to refer to the cheerfulness and optimism that accompanied a sanguine temperament but no longer has any direct reference to medieval physiology.
Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Here is my example with WFTD.
Preferring to remain sanguine in the face of the variety of disasters which are plaguing the US and the World, Obams is basically saying, hey it ain't my job yet...
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
I hope 2009 is more sanguine than 2008.
the word is a review word, but worthy of reprise. Libs are sanguine about 2009, bc they have one of their own back in the WH. God save us all.
A+ i’d like to believe it will be, but i really can’t quite get there.
When I think back of when the penguin sang, I realized he really was sanguine.
or,..The sanguine penguin sang.
We’ve certainly had enough with the melancholy.
Happy New Year, everybody!
Happy New Year!
Both the Old French and Latin words meant “bloody,” “blood-colored,”
Is this a post about Bill Clinton’s nose. It looks ready to explode.
Good Morning, and Happy New Year!
I am not sanguine about our upcoming prospects politically, economically, or in world events. No need to get pre-depressed about it, and there’s little I could do to change things, anyway.
At such times, it’s important to remember that your shadow will stick with you, and that all of the rainbows you see are focused on you.
Keep a close eye about you, but don’t forget to look for rainbows. It would be a shame for them to go to waste.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Happy New Year!
‘Twas “Auld Lang Syne” that I sang when sanguine last night, full of “good cheer”.
A bit more sedate and sober on this first day of 2009...
People sang old sanguine last night.
That is so true.
Happy New Year.
I had a sober New Year’s Eve......only one call just as I got our of mass......no sanguine faces of drunks in my ambulance.
we had 2039 calls in 2008...a record number for us.
If the election celebration
Is any indication
Of the coming inaugural fete
Those who are sanguine (sense one)
Will drunkenly overrun
DC, and the decent will be in retreat
Happy New Year and best of luck during the coronation festivities.
Happy New Year everyone.
Happy New Year to all of you. If you get coverage of the Cotton Bowl Parade today 2:30 PM central time (3:30 pm Eastern) tune in. The Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas will have about 50 dogs and their owners or fosters marching in the parade. So if you look closely you might just see me and Mrs. VRWC with Lilah and Robbie marching. On our local coverage the parade will be on Fox network (which has the Cotton Bowl game tomorrow).
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