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Proteus

PRONUNCIATION:

(PRO-tee-uhs, -tyoos)

MEANING:

noun: One who can easily change appearance, form, character, principles, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:

After Proteus, a sea god in Greek mythology, who could assume different
forms. He got his name from Greek protos (first) as he was one of the
earliest sea gods. Earliest documented use: 1528. The adjectival form
is protean.

USAGE:

“Peter with many sides. He changes colours like a chameleon, and his coat like a snake. He is
a Proteus of a Peter. He was at first sublime, pathetic, impressive,
profound; then dull.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley; Peter Bell the Third; 1839.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body
and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get
rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances
drive them to do. -Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and novelist (14 Jun
1811-1896)

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