Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Meaning: things which are to be feared

Usefulness: 2 (More difficult to use than it first appears. "Spiders are not among my timenda.")

Logofascination: 2 (From timere, which you will be unsurprised to learn is also the root for timid, timorous and intimidate.)

In the wild: No. For the record, the sermon topics now include things to be believed, done, shunned and feared.

Degrees: 2

Connections: timenda - intimidate

Which is used in: G&P, Le Tiers-Livre, XXVII: How Friar John merrily and sportingly counselleth Panurge. Panurge is in one of his (brief) optimistic patches, and during a conversation on the subject of his potential marriage (the conversation, really, as all of Book 3 is about this), he replies to Friar John:
Friar John, my left ballock, I will believe thee, for thou dealest plain with me, and fallest downright square upon the business, without going about the bush with frivolous circumstances and unnecessary reservations.Thou with the splendour of a piercing wit hast dissipated all the lowering clouds of anxious apprehensions and suspicions which did intimidate and terrify me; therefore the heavens be pleased to grant to thee at all she-conflicts* a stiff-standing fortune.

*She-conflicts is a phrase added by Sir Thomas, possibly because he was worried you would wonder what 'stiff-standing' could possibly refer to.  Rabelais has something like: "May heaven grant that you always operate low and stiff", possibly a play upon Panurge's description of Friar John's directness and plain-dealing. 

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