Last week, a writing partner had a post about unlovable characters and used Jayne from Firefly as an example. In searching for my favourite Jayne quote (She is startin’ to damage my calm), I ran across the following quote:
Zoë: You sanguine about the kinda reception we’re apt to receive on an Alliance ship, Captain?
Mal: Absolutely. What’s “sanguine” mean?
Zoë: Sanguine. Hopeful. Plus, point of interest, it also means “bloody”.
Mal: Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don’t it?
1san·guine adj \ˈsaŋ-gwən\
Definition of SANGUINE
Examples of SANGUINE
- She has a sanguine disposition.
- He is sanguine about the company’s future.
- He has been strangely sanguine about this, blandly ignoring the mounting evidence that dissident elements in the police are stirring trouble … —Allister Sparks, Washington Post, 9–15 Mar. 1992
1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne a blood-red cloth < Old French sanguin < Latin sanguineus bloody, equivalent to sanguin-, stem of sanguis blood + -eus -eous