Yesterday, I had this great idea for a blog post. Only thing was, my Web host was experiencing problems, so I couldn’t post this. So do me a favor, as you read this, pretend its yesterday, and this might be entertaining after all.
On a daily basis, I check dictionary.com’s Word of the Day. Today’s word was plethora, a word I’m familiar with, but I wasn’t so familiar with plethora’s primary meaning;
plethora \PLETH-uh-ruh\, noun:
1. An abnormal bodily condition characterized by an excessive amount of blood in the system.
2. Excess; superabundance.
dictionary.com Word of the Day, March 24, 2008
Plethora is a fun word to use. One of the reasons is because of an exchange from the film ¡Three Amigos! between the infamous El Guapo and Jefe;
Jefe: We have many beautiful piñatas for your birthday celebration, each one filled with little surprises!
El Guapo: How many piñatas?
Jefe: Many piñatas, many!
El Guapo: Jefe, would you say I have a plethora of piñatas?
Jefe: A what?
El Guapo: A plethora.
Jefe: Oh yes, El Guapo. You have a plethora.
El Guapo: Jefe, what is a plethora?
Jefe: Why, El Guapo?
El Guapo: Well, you just told me that I had a plethora, and I would just like to know if you know what it means to have a plethora. I would not like to think that someone would tell someone else he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora.
Jefe: El Guapo, I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education, but could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?
Turns out, all this time, the joke was on me because I didn’t know the true meaning of plethora.
By the way, the Three Amigos had me quite frustrated at the Internet Movie Database. I spent a plethora (def. #2) of time searching the IMDB for “The Three Amigos” only to come up with something else.