Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.

He loved her with an ardor--
Such a hot one,
That her father had to guard her
With a shotgun

-- Ovid

2005 Update: A love so sublime and overpowering that one will pay any membership fee, click any link and abbreviate even the shortest of words to prove its valor.


Anonymous said...

I'm not entirely sure Ovid could've written that passage, as funny as it is. Ovid was a Roman poet writing around 2-1 BC. Just a thought.

Jamie Dawn said...

Love without knowledge...
That sounds about right. I'm a romantic, so love tends to be pretty stupid some times.

Tara Tainton said...

What a brilliant 2005 definition! We do think that ardor can be bought these days when the truth still is that the best things in life can't be bought. :)

For me, ardor always involves knowledge, because I just can't keep my head out of things, and that's where all of our emotions stem from anyway.

Doug said...

Anonymous, I'm pretty sure Bierce was putting us on quoting Ovid. Or, maybe it was Ovid Jenkins of the San Francisco Jenkinses.

Jamie Dawn, God bless all those who love without knowledge and forgive those of us who make of them.

Tara, such an honor to have a comment from you and thanks for your kindness. Anyone doubting the sincerity of your second paragraph should spend ten minutes at your site. Assuming they're over 18 and all.

karma said...

did i ever tell you i ardor you? and your dog seems to be waking up now

Minka said...

I am just pleased I learned the meaning of a new word.
To the sounds more like an Ovid from Texas protecting his poperty to me ;)

Doug said...

Monika, please don't learn anything at this site! I think you're right, Ovid McGillicutty of Waco is the likely source.

Everybody to my Guestmap! I have a signature from Iceland! How you like me now?

Comfort Addict said...

Lust dressed in Sunday clothes.

Doug said...

Very good, Comfort Addict. With the bonnet just off-center and the top button on the sundress open. Oh, my!