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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


I can’t even tell you how much I love the game of Scrabble! It is the ONLY game that I can actually beat both my son and husband.  It is usually my use of high letter words like ones that have a “Q” in it.  That is why I love to discover and learn words beginning with any of the high point letters.

In addition to this fun word being a high point word, it also has some interesting roots.  While researching this word I found this interesting tidbit out:

“If you guessed that quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you’re absolutely right. The hero of the 17th-century Spanish novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes) didn’t change the world by tilting at windmills, but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English. The adjective quixotic is based on his name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century. The novel has given English other words as well. Dulcinea, the name of Quixote’s beloved, has come to mean mistress or sweetheart, and rosinante, which is sometimes used to refer to an old, broken-down horse, comes from the name of the hero’s less-than-gallant steed.”  


As a writer always looking for fun ways to describe our character’s personality, this adjective would perfect for that sappy, lovesick character.

The word used in a sentence:

He had quixotic dreams about the future with Sarah.

The Challenge:

Try using this word as a description for an ANTAGONIST.  That can be a little more a stretch.

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