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This week's theme: words derived from the names of mythical creatures.
argus (AHR-guhs) noun
An alert and observant person; a watchful guardian.
[After Argus, a giant in Greek mythology who had 100 eyes and was sent to watch over Zeus's lover Io. He was killed by Hermes and after his death his eyes transformed into spots on the peacock's tail. Greek argos (bright).]
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger knew immediately that Total Recall needed
an Argus-eyed director who could maintain control over complicated visual
effects, extravagant futuristic sets, dangerous stunts, etc. -- while
also demanding good performances from his actors."
Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)
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