ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 30 20:41:23 UTC 2014


quixotic adjective

1: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals;
especially :  marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly
chivalrous action
2: capricious, unpredictable

A quest to preserve sense one which is rooted in the actions of Don
Quixote and block sense two would perhaps be quixotic.


On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> 'quirky'? 'erattic'? 'unpredictable'?
> From an email:
> I think January's quixotic weather was also a good reason to have it a bit
> closer to whatever is going to pass for Spring in New Hampshire.--
> JL
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