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Perhaps someday we'll value unfinished thoughts, Like homespun yarn,… 
23rd-Dec-2003 02:31 pm
Perhaps someday we'll value unfinished thoughts,
Like homespun yarn, above the polished counterpart.

The etymology of melancholy surprised me:
[Middle English melancolie, from Old French, from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek melankholi : mels, melan-, black + khol, bile; see ghel-2 in Indo-European Roots.]
23rd-Dec-2003 11:56 am (UTC)
I think it'd be interesting to learn how to spin your own yarn.
23rd-Dec-2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
"Choly" probably comes from the medieval idea that there were four humors in the body (one of which was choler, or bile,) and whenever you got sick it was because you had too much or too little of one of these humors. (I bet that is where the name "cholera" comes from, too.)

The idea was also that these "humors"-- as the word suggests-- affect your temperament. If you had a lot of, I forget what was the red one, you'd be angry all the time. If you had too much bile, I guess you'd be depressed. XP
23rd-Dec-2003 04:29 pm (UTC)
I think the angry one was choler, off the top of my head.
And after research, yeah, the four temperaments, based on the humors, were melancholic (black bile), sanguine (blood), choleric (yellow bile), and phlegmatic (phlegm). I thought this was interesting:
"Too much earth made one MELANCHOLIC; too much air, SANGUINE; too much fire, CHOLERIC; and too much water, PHLEGMATIC."

Also, defining the temperaments:
adj : characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
adj 1: confidently optimistic and cheerful
adj 1: easily moved to anger
adj : showing little emotion

So, to recap: Earth represents black bile, which makes you depressed. Air represents blood, which makes you cheerful. Fire represents yellow bile, which makes you angry. Water represents phlegm, which makes you indifferent.

Get out in the fresh air and breathe! :)
23rd-Dec-2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
*thinks of Dark City, constructing a human personality/history from colored liquids*
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