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Mar 8, 2022This week’s theme
Overachievers from mythology
This week’s words
If the Titanic sank today
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Of great power, strength, size, etc.
2. Relating to or made of the element titanium.
After Titan, any of a family of giant gods in Greek mythology. The element titanium is named after Titans because of its high strength. Earliest documented use: 1628; for sense 2: 1814. Another word coined after the Titans is titanism
Things didn’t end well for the Titans. First they overthrew their father and they in turn were overthrown by one of their children (see titanism). With such a track record, you’d assume someone would think twice before naming anything, let alone a ship that navigates among icebergs, after them. When did humans ever learn? An Australian billionaire (a titan of industry?) has announced Titanic II: “The ship will follow the original journey ...” Let’s hope it does not follow the original journey too faithfully.
“Show business lost a titanic talent in composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.”
Joseph P. Kahn; A Wistful Farewell to the Notables Who Left Us in 2021; Boston Globe (Massachusetts); Jan 1, 2022.
See more usage examples of titanic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A page of history is worth a volume of logic. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., US Supreme Court Justice (8 Mar 1841-1935)
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