Somewhat unrelated to this, but that reminds me of the TC moment in Survivor All-Stars where we see Lex look on in shock when Kathy doesn't give him her Immunity. On the commentary he said it was a response to something else. So, true. A badly edited example as well was in Samoa when one of the jury members, Brett, at the FTC made a comment to the finalists that was followed by a shot of another juror at the bench laughing. However you could see Brett sitting next to him.
All of which makes one suspect that the producer for this segment didn't know the meaning of mercurial, and thinking Tarzan was being pompous used a shot of Kat to express his own response rather than hers! :)
I'd use volatile to describe a situation (e.g., what's been going on on Survivor) and mercurial to describe a person (e.g., Tarza). Unless I was in chem class of course and discussing gas!
I like a dictionary with a good description of the origins of the word...aka etymology... so in the case of callipygian... [From Greek kallipugos : kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + pug, buttocks.]. I first heard/read the term in a description of a human being being exhibited in Europe in the 1800's... she was a "pygmy" from Central Africa, who was also described as having steatopygia---drawings from the era make J. Lo and Kim K. look positively flat hipped. One thing to notice from the definitions of steatopygia is that they usually include both the words common and abnormal...indicating that the "standard" is someone more like Prince William's Kate.:)
I have a fairly extensive vocabulary, but I'll admit to having never known the word mercurial until just recently after seeing it in a very popular book trilogy. Having a Kindle, I checked to see how many times the author used mecurial in the voice of the main character to describe her "boyfriend", and she used it a total of 21 times. I think the author needs a thesaurus. But, it's certainly a word I won't forget now.
Isn't it funny how you hear a new word, and it starts popping up in the most unlikely places? I sure didn't expect it to hear it on Survivor. In all liklihood, I'd heard or seen it in the past but had never paid attention to it.
I was talking to a friend about how cool crows were, very interesting bird. I have always liked seeing them
As an aside about crows/ravens - in fantasy and sometimes horror stories, they are the portents of doom. Whenever a character sees a crow/raven, black magic is in the air or close by. So, I agree, they are cool in an archetype sort of way.
Didn't Alfred Hitchcock use crows as the wire sitters in his film, "The Birds?"
Regarding crows being portents of doom, maybe that came about because a group is called a *murder of crows*.
In the film, Auntie Mame, when Patrick first comes to live with her, he tells her he doesn't understand what someone said. I'm paraphrasing a little here, but essentially her reply was that she was giving him a notebook. She told him to write down any words he did not understand and each evening, they would look them up in the dictionary together. That little piece of wisdom was one of my favorites from a book, a movie, and a Broadway musical that I loved.
OK, Iím just not convinced. You know how some people swear because they canít find or donít want to expend the effort to find a better word? I think Tarzan knows a lot of cool words but I think he uses them instead of something comparable but simpler in part because he has difficulties expressing himself (if that makes any sense). Take a look at his facial expressions when he uses them, what I remember seemed forced, same as when he spouts platitudes like "game's afoot". He swears a lot too when a wordsmith wouldnít need to. Now if he indicates heís an obsessive scrabble or similar player, then maybe itís all legitimate. Something to look for this evening.