Saturday, May 06, 2006

Today's Word: Ludic

So, I've been trying to think of an excuse to link to this video of pandas at play, just because they're So. Darn. Cute. Then it occurred to me that it's a great way to bring up the term ludic (LOO-dic), which means "of or relating to play or playfulness." In case you were wondering, ludic comes from the Latin ludus, meaning "play." It has nothing to do with lewd, but it is related to another playful word, ludicrous.

Oh c'mon, they're cute already, aren't they?


Blogger sunbelt said...

I believe the little guy who crashed into the pile of pandas at the bottom of the sliding board was the same rascal that kept hitting his brother on the head!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Heh, heh. Probably. And aren't they cuuuuuuuuuuuute? I guess I'm partial to little troublemakers like him!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Language Lover said...

ludus also means "school", and it's a panda kindergarten...

So cute! The ones on the bench remind me of my little girls, at least until the 1-year-old gets big enough to push the 3-year-old back.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous daz said...

Certainly ludus must be the basis for the Ludi in "Magister Ludi" (Hesse).

Any connection to allude, delude, collude, elude, paludal, homo ludens, prelude, Ludwig, Ludmila, Ned Lud, Quaalude?

(Why look them up when MarBar is a walking encyclopedia of etymology?)

8:33 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

And who wouldn't be seduced by the allure of the Ailuropoda melanoleuca?

8:46 AM  

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