Valetudinarian – (i) a person who is unduly anxious about their health; (ii) a person weak in health
“having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, [Mr Woodhouse] was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time. Emma – Jane Austen
I’m currently writing an article for Jane Austen’s Regency World about Jane Austen’s characters, and what diagnoses modern medicine might offer. Unexpectedly, thanks to the contradictory meanings of the word ‘valetudinarian’, as above, I have run into a great discussion about Mr Woodhouse, in Emma. Was he a hypochondriac? Or did he actually suffer from poor health? All opinions welcomed!
I keep being filled with determination to post more, so in order to help me keep up with this, I’ve decided to start a system of regular postings on specific things. I therefore offer, for your entertainment and amusement, the following ‘schedule’:
Wednesday Word Of The Week
On Wednesdays, I’m going to post a word, with its meaning and an example of its use. I may also (if you’re particularly unlucky!) ramble on about it – perhaps about why I chose it, or something about why I like/dislike it. This won’t necessarily be an Impressive Complicated word, just one which is filling my mind on that particular week!
Now, Friday ‘fiction’ is a bit of a misnomer, chosen more for the alliteration than because I’m actually going to post fiction. I may very well post fiction – either a flash fiction story, or an excerpt from something I’m writing or something I’ve written. But I may also post a bit of an article I’m writing, or a poem I’ve written. Anyway, I’ll post something! I make you no promises as to what…
Satisfied Saturday Six
The Satisfied Saturday Six was something which was invented by a very dear friend of mine, Terry Egan. Its purpose is to look back over the past week and find six things that you’re pleased – or at any rate satisfied with. They might be little things like “I had the most AMAZING ice-cream this Wednesday!” or bigger things, such as “One of my friends got married this week!” Big or little, it’s a chance to look on the positive side, no matter how good or awful the week may have seemed en route. It would be particularly nice if other people commented with things that have gone well for them – we could have an excellent celebration of things of joy!
So, prepare for posts. I am here, and I am chatty. Be afraid. Be very afraid…