Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by Duncan, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. Duncan

    Duncan Senior Member Lifetime Supporter

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    There's a Vietnamese girl in my class who struggles with English. She asks me the meaning of words. The instructor said, "When you have successfully finished this course you shall become a more splendid adult." Sounds somewhat pretentious, but she asked me what splendid meant. So I said it meant perfect, in-balance and pretty. When I went home and looked it up, the definitions were different. I also told her that it wasn't a word that a young person would use. I don't think I've ever used it. It's up there with glorious.

    splen┬Ědid [​IMG] ( P ) Pronunciation Key (spl[​IMG]n[​IMG]d[​IMG]d)
    1. Brilliant with light or color; radiant: a splendid field of poppies.
    2. Imposing by reason of showiness or grandeur; magnificent: splendid costumes.
    3. Admired by many; illustrious: splendid achievements.
    4. Admirable for boldness or purity; surpassing: splendid character.
    5. Very good or satisfying; praiseworthy: a splendid performance in the examinations.
  2. cerridwen

    cerridwen in stitches

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    From now on I'm going to use 'splendid' as often as possible.
  3. Duck

    Duck quack. Lifetime Supporter

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    I've only used 'splendid' while acting like one of those arrogant rich Brits.

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