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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Word of the Day Reply with quote

In my email today from Merriam-Websters's "Word of the Day" biggrin :

From: "M-W's Word of the Day" <word@m-w.com>

The Word of the Day for February 10 is:

ludic \LOO-dik\ adjective
: of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful

Examples:
The members of the acting troupe had become well-known for their ludic behavior, evidenced by the practical jokes they played on each other off-stage.

"Accompanied by his trademark mirror-written notes -- often unrelated to the images -- Leonardo sketches, scribbles and jots his way through the myriad questions that puzzle his ludic, mercurial mind." -- From a review of a museum exhibit by Rachel Spence in Financial Times, January 9, 2012

Did you know?
Here's a serious word, just for fun. That is to say, it means "fun," but it was created in all seriousness around 1940 by psychologists. They wanted a term to describe what children do, and they came up with "ludic activity." That may seem ludicrous -- why not just call it "playing"? -- but the word "ludic" caught on, and it's not all child’s play anymore. It can refer to architecture that is playful, narrative that is humorous and even satirical, and literature that is light. "Ludic" is ultimately from the Latin noun "ludus," which refers to a whole range of fun things -- stage shows, games, sports, even jokes. The more familiar word "ludicrous" also traces back to the same source.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew that. But that I had a misspent youth, with a lot of years of classical languages laugh
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