Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Contumacious, Contumely

Contumacious: Stubborn, rebellious.
Contumely: Insolent, arrogant.
Even in England a man on board a ship with yellow fever is held responsible for his mischance, no matter what his being held in quarantine may cost him. He must take his chance as other people do; it would be desperate unkindness to add contumely to our self-protection, unless, indeed, we believe that contumely is one of our best means of self protection.
A Book for Today: Erewhon by Samuel Butler

The main problem from my perspective is that you are so god damned contumacious.
A Book for Today: Contagion by Robin Cook

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