2006-01-30

pusillanimous

Timid; lacking courage or determination.

Spotted on 2006-01-21 at the end of The Wizard of Oz, where the Wizard is dealing with the Scarecrow, and says to him:

Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing that you haven't got - a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th. D...Doctor of Thinkology.

From the Greek: pusillus = very small; animus = mind.

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