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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: G is for Gargantua

Saturday, 7 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.

G is for Gargantua

These days, this word is mostly used as an adjective, gargantuan, to mean something enormous. It also has the specific sense of someone with a vast appetite for food.

The word was coined in the sixteenth century by the French writer Rabelais. Gargantua was a giant, the father of Pantagruel, described in a series of satirical, fantastical, outlandish and often obscene books. Among other traits, Gargantua is described as having an enormous appetite for food and drink ...

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  1. Now this is the kind of A-Z I like.

  2. I like this idea of interesting words, and the history behind them.

  3. Love the picture in this's hilarious! Another great entry in the challenge. I'll definitely be back again.

  4. Glaf you like it, Donna.

    Cate - Thanks!

    Sulekkha - Me too. Always new words to discover.

  5. The Spanish word for "throat" is "garganta"--I'm pretty sure there's a relationship in etymology :)

  6. Interesting! I've never heard of this word before--but I guess if there's gargantuan, there must be gargantua!

  7. What wonderful words! When I get my browser to behave, I will bookmark your blog and come back again ...

  8. Tracy - hilarious but gross too. Thanks for dropping in.

    Guilie - Interesting! I'm sure you're right.

    Golden Eagle - There was!

    Nicole - Glad you liked it.

    Susezine - Thanks. Hope the browser is sorted soon.

  9. Hi Simon .. reminds me of our King George IV .. who loved to do everything in excess - gargantuan he was in everyway ..

    Cheers Hilary

  10. Hilary - Agreed, although I don't think even he was quite that bad!

  11. Love this word & thanks for sharing!

  12. I never knew the origin of this word. How interesting!
    I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

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  13. Timothy - delighted you dropped by! I'll be on over to yours now.


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