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Jun 14, 2022
This week’s theme
Eponyms

This week’s words
Orphean
Proteus
eolian
panderer
chimeric

Proteus
Proteus, son of Oceanus & Tethys (Ocean & River)
Illustration from Historia Deorum Fatidicorum by Pierre Mussard

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Proteus

PRONUNCIATION:
(PRO-tee-uhs, -tyoos)

MEANING:
noun: One who can easily change appearance, form, character, principles, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Proteus, a sea god in Greek mythology, who could assume different forms. He got his name from Greek protos (first) as he was one of the earliest sea gods. Earliest documented use: 1528. The adjectival form is protean.

USAGE:
“Peter with many sides. He changes colours like a chameleon, and his coat like a snake. He is a Proteus of a Peter. He was at first sublime, pathetic, impressive, profound; then dull.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley; Peter Bell the Third; 1839.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do. -Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and novelist (14 Jun 1811-1896)

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