Monday, January 23, 2012

The River: Writing Challenge Day 21

Austere:  I will admit I need to do first things first (just to be sure I know of which I speak):

aus·tere/ôˈsti(ə)r/

Adjective:
  1. Severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance: "an austere man with a puritanical outlook".
  2. (of living conditions or a way of life) Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic.
So perhaps "severe or strict in manner, attitude or appearance" works for me...along the lines of the word stern, ramped up a bit further.  When those eyebrows really bottom out and my sense of humor entirely disappears.  But beyond that I cannot go.  No puritanical outlook here.  And I am definitely not doing anything too harsh and ascetic - I like my running water and king sized bed. 

3 comments:

  1. I am with you on the king sized bed! And I can't really embrace austere in general, but am working a little on trying to be a little less hedonistic! I need to stop bringing things into my house.

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  2. I am about hedonism - did the austere thing and look where it got me....

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  3. It is enough for me to know the definition of austere, to understand that no word is further from describing me in the English language. The Catholic Church is austere; therefore, I am not.

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