Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Meaning: things to be avoided, or if you're feeling a bit more literal, fled from.

Usefulness: 1 (for all of your facienda, there are at least ten fugienda. Can be used when someone asks for assistance: "I'll just add it to my list of fugienda." or of people: "Since the Christmas party, she's decided that I'm among the fugienda.")

Logofascination: 2 (I'm amazed this isn't more popular; perhaps its original life in sermonising held it back. From fugere, to flee, which is also the root of fugitive, refuge, fugacious, and, well, lots of words.)

In the wild: Only as mentioned yesterday, in regards to sermons - so far we have covered things to be believed, things to be done, and things to be fled from.

Degrees: 2

Connections: fugienda - fuge 

Which is used in: G&P, Book the Third, X. How Pantagruel representeth unto Panurge the difficulty of giving advice in the matter of marriage; and to that purpose mentioneth somewhat of the Homeric and Virgilian lotteries. The Virgilian lottery is dipping into Virgil for inspiration, as
When Mr. Peter Amy did in like manner explore and make trial if he should escape the ambush of the hobgoblins who lay in wait all-to-bemaul him, he fell upon this verse in the Third of the Aeneids--
Heu! fuge crudeles terras, fuge littus avarum! 
Oh, flee the bloody land, the wicked shore! 
Which counsel he obeying, safe and sound forthwith avoided all these ambuscades.
Peter Amy (Pierre Amy, or possibly Lamy) studied Greek with Rabelais, and fled the monastery when the Sorbonne (then the arbiter of French Catholic theology) confiscated their books.

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