Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pantagruel Explanation (and first test post)

Well, I've finally started a blog, the impetus for which you'll see in one of my next posts, but I feel I need to explain the blog's title which I pulled from the ether, so here goes...

Pantagruel is a word which at some point I saw somewhere and liked, so I noted it in my list of words which I like, currently residing on a google task list, before that on google notebook, previously in a chain of emails continually forwarded to myself, and probably initially on several scraps of paper. Anyway, today is the first day it actually came in useful.

So I looked up several because I didn't recall exactly their meaning, and Pantagruel struck my fancy. He's a character in the Gargantua and Pantagruel (hey, look at that, I paste something from wikipedia and it makes a link, cool) series of five 16th century novels by François Rabelais, not that I read them of course, but they sound like something I'd like if I read. So ignore any hidden implication that this choice may imply, since I'm not aware of it from my cursory skimming of the article. But these references to Pantagruel are what sold me:

1. (in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.

and Pantagruel:
the boisterous, giant son of Gargantua in Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel: he is a jovial drunkard characterized by rough, extravagant humor

I think the second one you will find apropos when I get around to posting my aforementioned impetus to start this thing.

Oh, and pantagruel wasn't available, so I prepended another word from my list to the name, thus Wordsmithing Pantagruel.

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