76trombones (76trombones) wrote,
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pride

The other day (ok, last weekend) I was talking to katybeth. I picked up a nearby pocket dictionary, which was for some reason bookmarked with a shred of paper. So I opened it up, as you might expect, and I started reading, as you almost certainly expect.

me: Hey, it has four definitions of pride!
kt: OK, a group of lions...
me: No, that one's not in there; I guess this dictionary is too small for it.
kt: Sure.
me (reading):
1. Proper respect for one's own dignity and worth.
2. Pleasure or satisfaction over something done, achieved, or owned.
3. A source of pride.
4. Excessive self-esteem : conceit.
*pause*
me: There are four different meanings! Maybe only one of them was supposed to be a sin.

Anyway, that was our conversation. (OK, we talked about other things too.) Now, I'm not making specific claims about the theology, but four different meanings! And that's just in a pocket dictionary.

You can see why my mind has been boggling so much recently. It is because I read the dictionary. *nods sagely*
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Yes, there was also a verb definition. Just one. :-P
The verb form of pride is a really weird verb. It's transitive, but can it ever be used other than reflexively? That is, I can say "I pride myself on ..." or "He prides himself on ...". But does it even make any sense to say "I pride you on ..."? What would it mean?

Are there any other verbs in english which are only used reflexively?
"preen" seems to be one of them.

"preen" is indeed similar, but it doesn't have the "myself" part. (does it?)

hm, verbs that can be used reflexively but not transitively...
Statements like ``You can see why my mind has been boggling so much recently. It is because I read the dictionary. *nods sagely*'' are so cute.
:) Agreed.
3. A source of pride.

The third definition seems somehow circular....
As in "my pride and joy." Lots of dictionary definitions are like this.
Indeed. Latin "superbus" does not have the positive meanings.
Ooooh.