posted by Katya @ 5:18 PM
I had no idea that's what the root of "martial" was, but now that I think about it, it makes sense.This one is solid. Probably my favorite so far.
I feel like people who post in a way that indicates that they know what the answer is without giving it away are so classy ::hat tip to Optimistic::But this one was all Greek to me...
Wow. Leave it to a linguist to come up with that.
Katya, I need you to explain the rules of this game to me.
CavDawg - I post three things which have something in common and my readers have to guess what they have in common. I start posting hints the next day if nobody guesses it.For example, the three things in today's post are all adjectives that are etymologically based on the name of a Greek or Roman mythological figure. (That's why Daniel mentions that it's "Greek" to him.)For whatever reasons, the people who posted today mostly alluded to the answer without spelling it out. I have no problem with people giving away the answer in the comments, but some readers like it better when they don't.Optimistic - I tried to think of another common adjective like "martial," since I felt that going with both "narcissistic" and "bacchanalian" was too obvious, but I couldn't find one I liked.
What about erotic? Or is it not clear that the name precedes the noun? Or do you just not like it?And protean? But that's just because I love that word. But, I think Proteus isn't nearly as well known as Narcissus or Bacchus.
Erotic I would have thrown out for the name not definitively preceding the noun. (It doesn't show up in the OED etymology, at least.) Protean I just didn't think of!
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