On the Word “Jovial”

By Jove, that’s an impressive eagle!

So today I saw the word ‘jovial’ in print and wondered why it means “cheerful and friendly” (definition via my fave dictionary, the OED.) Apparently they used to believe that the planet Jupiter had a positive influence on people born under it…but really, ol’ Jove was a happy chappy? I don’t believe it – so I wrote a few pieces of Twitter-length fiction about it…

They called him “jovial,” said he was a “jolly sort of chap.” He fumed as he prepared, readying to cast lightning bolts upon them.

They called him “jovial,” and a “jolly sort of chap.” He fumed, unzipping his fly, preparing to send down a golden shower.

They called him “jovial,” and a “funny sort of chap.” Across his face a great storm brewed.

They called him “jovial,” and a “funny sort of chap.”

They didn’t see the pain behind his eyes – Hera knew of his mistresses.

Anyway, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of an ancient history nerd…I could’ve just kept writing these over and over. Tell me what you think below…

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2 thoughts on “On the Word “Jovial”

  1. Yes! Greek mythology FTW! 🙂

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