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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. The state of being in love with an object of one's own making.
2. The condition of loving an inanimate object such as a statue or image.
ETYMOLOGY:In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the king of Cyprus who carved a female figure in ivory so realistic and beautiful that he fell in love with her. The goddess Aphrodite took pity on him and responded by bringing the statue to life as Galatea. Pygmalion married her.
USAGE:"Sarah Palin has been an exercise in Pygmalionism gone wrong. The most famous female politician in the world today is a vain and sanctimonious woman of boundless ambition and no vision."
Janet Bagnall; Setback for Women; The Gazette (Montreal, Canada); Feb 12, 2010.
"The aim was to show the reverse Pygmalionism of cinema, which takes live
bodies and makes cool, untouchable idols of them."
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged. -Richard Hofstadter, historian (1916-1970)
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