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    Gratitudinous Thoughts

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by GrahamLewis, Oct 31, 2021.

    I don't think this thread exists, though it is a first cousin to the happiness one, I suppose. I read somewhere that it is healthy to have a sense of gratitude, and list at least three things each day. I won't do it daily, but here are three that come to mind:

    I'm grateful I was able to take a 4- mile hike this morning and watch the sunrise.
    I'm grateful I was able to buy a nice breakfast at a pleasant place.
    I'm grateful that I still have the privilege of thinking and writing clearly (at least it seems so to me).
     
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    I'm grateful you created this thread
    That's it's fall and Halloween
    That we have this excellent little community

    and that you named the thread Gratitudinous! :supergrin:
     
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    I thank God every day for giving me another day.

    Then I ask what He wants me to do with it.
     
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    I spent the morning working on firewood for my outdoor boiler with my wife of 44 years. I save all of the hardwood slab wood, which is just basically waste from the saw mill, bring it home on the log truck ,and then just saw it into 3 foot lengths. I spent the morning working with my wife, utilizing waste wood from my mill to heat my house for free. I am not sure it gets much better than that.
     
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    For the new baby sleeping on the couch next to me.

    For the family that surrounds her and me.

    For the four legged family that is a part of it all.
     
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    My sometimes sore knee has been behaving well lately.
    The pleasure of raking leaves.
    My daughters have grown into healthy and caring people.
     
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    A partner who believes in me even on the days I don’t.

    The peace of mind I lacked as a younger man

    The little pinch between my ribs that tells me I gave a decent amount of effort at the gym today
     
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    Don't be fooled -- at 36 you are still a younger man. /s/ One who is twice your age.
     
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    I'm grateful that the hard crunchy thing in my discount-store chocolate bar was some kind of loose road-chipping, and not a cross-section of one or t'other end of a rat.
    I'm grateful that the infinitesimally thin transparent tube sticking out of my ear is probably a soluble stitch, and not a morgellon.
    I'm grateful that the window is blocked up with children's books, and not cricket almanacs.
    I'm grateful I can write words, and not involuntary sounds.
    I'm grateful mercy came first, and not providence.
    I'm grateful, and indebted.
     
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    I’m grateful this thread exists.
    I’m grateful I have a house and food.
    I’m grateful that I have a job that pays me well.
    I’m grateful to be alive in this century so I could enjoy all the wonders of modern tech.
     
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    I'm grateful that I'm losing a bit of weight.

    I'm grateful that while I may have to skip carbs and sugars, I still got my proteins.

    I'm grateful I'm alive when I could have died so many times already.
     
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    Grateful about climbing stairs without issue.

    Having discovered yoga for real.

    Sixty-five degrees F on a November day in the upper American midwest.
     
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    And, that my mother is still with me at age 96, and sharp enough to remind me that I'm not as young as I used to be.
     
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    Is gratitudinous a real word?
     
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    Absomolutely! :cool: (no)
     
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    I thought it was, so googled it and, just after a few items, one of which referred to it as neologism, this also came up on the first page of my search:

    @Xoic you're a result on a google search. You're famous, kid!
     
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    Abso-fucking-lutely.

    D’you what the above is known as? A tmesis.
     
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    LOL, yeah, but the only people who will search for it are people reading this thread... (probably just you).
     
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    No - the word we're looking for is Grateful, I'm tempted to change it every time I look at this thread
     
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    This book (if I read the preceding pages correctly) lists it among "factitious terminations" formed by sticking Latin endings onto English words.

    ====
    -Ous is a termination which carries weight with it, and might be admitted, as in multitudinous, and in other similar words in which it has obtained a situation; as - magnitudinous, gratitudinous, solitudinous, plenitudinous, &c.

    This leads to -ousity, and -asity, an extension of an adjective into a substantive, as monstrousity.
    ====

    Anecdotes of the English Language, Chiefly regarding the local Dialect of London and its Environs; whence it will Appear that the Natives of the Metropolis, and its Vicinities, have Not Corrupted the Language of their Ancestors; in a letter from Samuel Pegge, 1803.
     
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    Define "real", I think you know what I mean by it, and it's made up of letters and syllables. You can find it online. Probably not in "official" dictionaries, but does that mean it doesn't exist?
     
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    What if the gratitude is also gratuitous? Could it then be classified as gratitudinous?
     
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    It wasn’t asked flippantly. It was a genuine question.
     
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    I know. And my answer was essentially genuine.

    You can find ]the word in the "The Online Community Dictionary by Farlex" (gratitudinous (definition-of.com) as
    (Adjective) of or relating to gratitude; generated by or originating in feelings of gratitude
    Usage: "As the term would suggest, gratitudinous altruism refers to altruistic behavior that one performs in response to having been the object of altruistic behavior on the part of another."—Laurence Thomas, *Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character* (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1990), p. 130.

    But you won't find it in say the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2d Edition.

    Still I think it's a cool word that gets the point across. Even if the self-proclaimed powers-that-be don't acknowledge it.
     
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    I'm grateful I can post here and have my posts read by interesting and interested people.
    I'm grateful to be alive.
    I'm grateful I survived my youthful shenanigans with little residual damage (that I'm aware of anyway).
     

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