Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Clubbing inspiration

Today's quote: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." - Jack London

Today's word: brio \BREE-oh\ , noun:
1. Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.

In a sentence: "For him, life must be a party, a ball, an endless carnival. Each person must invent a role for himself and play it with brio." -- Lydia Flem, Casanova: The Man Who Really Loved Women (translated by Catherine Temerson)

Brio is Italian, from Spanish brio or Proven├žal briu, both of Celtic origin.

Synonyms include animation, bounce, dash, energy, esprit, life, liveliness, spiritedness, sprightliness, verve, vigor, vim, vivaciousness, vivacity, zest, zip

If something good happens, blame it on brio (that's me, not any dictionary).

By the way, I like sprightliness, but I'm not sure that spiritedness is a word.

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