Q is for Quixotic

Quixotic:

1: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2: capricious, unpredictable
Etymology:
From English: Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes

I love that such a colorful adjective was spawned by a fictional character!

Everyone should “tilt at windmills” and engage in some sort of Quixotic behavior at some point in their life.

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  • http://www.claybaboons.com Stephanie

    I’ve never read that book! So many classics, so little time…

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      I know, it’s tough! Then there are the ones so good you want to read twice…

  • http://www.sarahallan.com Sarah Allan

    Ooh, thank you for a new word! I learned something new today.

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      Cool, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://twitter.com/pamelaskjolsvik Pamela Skjolsvik (@pamelaskjolsvik)

    One of my favorite movies of all times is “The Fisher King” and Parry is quite quixotic.

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      Pam, I love that movie! haven’t watched it in a while, but was just referring to it the other day. You are right, perfect description!

  • http://twitter.com/BibseyMama Bibsey Mama (@BibseyMama)

    Lovely word and lovely idea that we should all be a little capricious every now and then. There are lots of images of Don Quixote around my way (S. Spain). I will think of this post now when I see them :)

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      That is so cool – he’s a local hero, then? :)

  • http://www.dana-thedailydose.blogspot.com Dana

    I agree. (And I just like to say the word!)

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      It is fun, isn’t it? Quixotic – very exotic!

  • http://twitter.com/hektorkarl Hektor Karl (@hektorkarl)

    A great word.

    “Everyone should “tilt at windmills” and engage in some sort of Quixotic behavior at some point in their life.”

    I’ll do my best!

  • jocelynrish

    I’ve always loved that word, although I have to admit that I’m not often very quixotic. I know, my new quixotic goal will be to write a character so awesome that she spawns her own word!

    Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,
    Jocelyn

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