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Urban dictionary
June 29, 2011, 3:43 pm
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Ever since I was younger my mother would constantly CONSTANTLY throw mini pop quizzes at me. Walking down the street, in the market, driving to or from school… one question… if I didn’t know it…Her reaction would always put me to shame “What?! You’re in the fourth grade and you can’t spell Czechoslovakia?!” …Sweet lady, really, she is. Anything would inspire her random spelling or math bees, but her favorite thing to do, even to this very day is to test me on my vocabulary knowledge. My mother is a book worm, I unfortunately did not take after her and she knows that so she tried her very best to stuff all the words shes learned since she was an immigrant 13 year old into my head. I read…just not as much as her…5 books a week? I’m sorry, my eyes will fall out of my head. Not knocking it, reading is great; soothing and educating- i feel smarter with every sentence I accomplish. I’ve grown to appreciate it. What I really love doing is learning new words. Often times i skip over words I dont know just to get through the text quicker but 3 lines down it’s killing me and Im compelled to look it up, it’s like a compulsive disorder! I even downloaded several dictionary applications to my phone- I’m obsessed with learning new words! Soooo, I discovered the coolest word ever is the midst of reading the most impossible novel ever– “Don Quixote” : Quixotic. The word itself is so cool, chic if you will. I simple love it. Can one love a word? I do, I love words…. And i loveee this one! The exact meaning is :

1.
resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2.

extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
3.

impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Okay so when i first learned of the word’s existence i was a bit intrigued thinking that this is where Cervantes must have gotten his idea from! And then I quickly remembered Cervantes was not an American,(laughing at myself- Duh Toni)  and probably, this word was stolen from the Spanish literature just as all of the American language was stolen from every part of the word’s language. Don Quixote would be proud. His story transcended through time and was made to be almost impossible to forget but also impossible to confuse the story of the man who fought the windmills with any other story, past or present. Now, Don Quixote has officially been dubbed a permanent fixture in society. The definition of the word comes from the character’s background as a man lost in his own imagination.



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