Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Word of the day Wednesday!

I like words, I like history, and I like the history of words

I don't think I need to explain to anyone the definition of tantalize, I'm tantalized on a daily basis by all manner of sins, but did you know ...
Taken from the name of King Tantalus of Phrygia, the mythical monarch whom upon offending the ancient Greek gods was punished by being plunged up to his chin into the water of Hades beneath low overhanging boughs of trees heavily laden with ripe fruit, but although he was hungry and thirsty he could neither drink the water nor eat the fruit as whenever he reached out for them they would retreat from his grasp, hence our use of 'tantalize'.

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