Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mercurial


Definitions:
Princeton says:
  • (liable to sudden unpredictable change) "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
  • (relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the planet Mercury) "the Mercurial canals"
  • (relating to or having characteristics (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury) "more than Mercurial thievishness"
  • (relating to or containing or caused by mercury) "mercurial preparations"; "mercurial sore mouth"
Webster says: (adjective)
1: of, relating to, or born under the planet Mercury
2: having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury
3: characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood <a mercurial temper>
4: of, relating to, containing, or caused by mercury
(noun)
a pharmaceutical or chemical containing mercury

My input:
I wonder how this relates to the element of the same name.

Pronunciation: .
Mer as in merchant, summer. Cur as in cure, curious. I as in the e sound in tree, key. Al rhymes with bull.
Webster audio

Synonyms(for the first Princeton definition) 
erratic, fickle, quicksilver

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  1. This is one of my favourite words that I've most often heard used in sports commentary..."he has a mercurial talent..."

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  6. The word seems like it relates greatly with the element itself. I will however try to use it in a conversation. "You're acting very mercurial right now." Sounds like it would work.

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  7. I wonder if I will ever have an opportunity to use this word and if the listeners will understand

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  8. I will just try to remember the definition by thinking of the attributes of the god Mercury. Now if they could just make a saturday morning cartoon about him so I could remember what those attributes were!

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