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If someone was to bring up the word "sanguine" would you know what it means?

Asked by giggles (162points) April 14th, 2008

my friend doesnt believe that anyone knows or has heard of that word and i would like to prove him wrong!!

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GD_Kimble's avatar

yes. I never use it in conversation , but I know it.

nikipedia's avatar

Happy. It comes from Hippocrates’ theory of the Four Humors in which blood, or in its original Latin, sanguineus, constituted happiness.

cwilbur's avatar

Yes, I know it. Your friend needs a better vocabulary.

giggles's avatar

@cwilbur hahaha thats funny and so true!!

gailcalled's avatar

Yes to both meanings. A useful word. Viz:“I am not sanguine about the economic health of the US.” This would not be an uncommon sentence.

Alina1235's avatar

I read sanjaya from American idol LOL

BirdlegLeft's avatar

With many words I think I know the meaning. This one I had completely turned around though.

I’m trying to fit recalcitrant into conversation today.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Yes, but you would need to hear it in context as “sanguine” is one of the few words in english that means one thing and the opposite.

Acrazycouple's avatar

Yes. How about the word defenestrate? Like, “Awwwww. She’s got me so frustrated again, I would love to defenestrate her?” I LOVE this goofy word and I’ve gotten my 10 and 11-year-old sons saying it.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@acrazycouple: I just learned that word yesterday from my friend!! I’ve been trying to use it in a sentence since but still haven’t had reason to (though I guess that’s a good thing…).

soundedfury's avatar

Of course. It’s uncommon in everyday speech, but anyone who reads regularly would know it.

syz's avatar

It’s one of those words that I use when I write, but not when I speak. Much of my vocabulary is based on what I’ve read…...many of them that I’ve never heard spoken, I hesitate to use in conversation.

Acrazycouple's avatar

@omfg…how cool would it be to tell someone that in the middle of a hot political discussion?

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@acrazycouple: Hahaha, I’m coming up with scenerios in my mind, all of which are quite entertaining.

gailcalled's avatar

Speaking of the written word vs. spoken, in 6th grade I had to give an oral talk on current events. So I prepped well, being me, and started by saying that the event took place in Tuckson, Arizona.

My mother recounts her first day in college in Freshman English. The Prof. went round the room and asked everyone her name. One young woman said,” Pish Smith.” The Prof. asked her to spell it. Her mother was a farm girl AND an avid reader and loved the name “Psyche.”

Certain hirsute people on this site, in spite of having been given a second chance, are still recalcitrant; they won’t give up their obsessions, no matter how boring and repetitive the rest of us find them. I am not sanguine that they will change, but – hey- we could simply toss them out the window.

Will Rogers said that you had to use a word three times before it belonged to you (paraphrasing).

I LOVE this question…oh, the other rule is that you cannot use these words and cool or suck in the same sentence——>The Calder Manuel of Style.

parsleysage's avatar

I would think either sad, melancholy, could be even apathetic…or a blood drinker for medical, health or spirituality reasons. Not a boring person to talk to . If they said ‘sang’ it would be a blood drinking individual i would be thinking. .. why?

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