Quotidian

Quotidian – occurring every day; quotidian fever Quotidian is a fancy way of saying “daily” or “ordinary.” Quotidian events are the everyday details of life. When you talk about the quotidian, you’re talking about the little things in life: everyday events that are normal and not that exciting. Going to the store, doing chores, working or going to school, and brushing your teeth are all quotidian. If you take a spaceship to Mars, that would be unusual and extraordinary: the opposite of quotidian. In Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, the character Rosalind observes that Orlando, who has been running about in the woods carving her name on trees and hanging love poems on branches, “seems to have the quotidian of love upon him.” Shakespeare’s use doesn’t make it clear that quotidian derives from a Latin word that means “every day.” But as odd as it may seem, Shakespeare’s use of “quotidian” is just a short semantic step away from the “daily” adjective sense. Some fevers occur intermittently – sometimes daily. The phrase “quotidian fever” and the noun “quotidian” have long been used for such recurring maladies. Poor Orlando is simply afflicted with such a “fever” of love. Prosaic is a synonym of Quotidian. After the excitement of decorating her new home, Janet made an attitude adjustment and got down to the quotidian chores of housekeeping. Emily has an admirable enthusiasm for life, and she attacks even the most quotidian of chores with energy and passion. If you insist on using the most quotidian materials for your clothing, you will never be recognized as an important designer. ]]>

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