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Firefly expands one’s vocabulary

Tuesday 23 June 2009, by Webmaster

From: Barbara Jungbauer (barbaraj probuiltam.com)

Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day—sanguine

Def: 1. Cheerfully optimistic or confident. 2. Having a healthy reddish color. 3. Blood-red.

For eight or so years now, I’ve not been able to hear the word ’sanguine’ without thinking of this exchange in my very favorite program of all time, a short-lived science-fiction, western, adventure, comedy program called, "Firefly".

ZoŽ: You sanguine about the kinda reception we’re apt to receive on an Alliance ship, Captain?

Mal: Absolutely. What’s "sanguine" mean?

ZoŽ: Sanguine. Hopeful. Plus, point of interest, it also means "bloody".

Mal: Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don’t it?