To be bellicose is to favor or be inclined to start quarrels or wars. It’s derived from the Latin word for war. Such a beautiful sounding word for something so unpleasant. Of course, there are apparently some who think the word means something beautiful. Case in point, this blog I found, Bellicose Showdogs (yeah, that’s right). I also learned that during World War II there was an Operation Bellicose launched by the British bombers in 1943, and credited as being the first “shuttle bombing.” On the lighter side, when I hear bellicose, I think of Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, who became well known for his portrayal of Dracula.  I know, I know, there’s really no connection between Bela Lugosi and bellicose. It’s just what comes to mind. And since it did, I looked him up and learned some interesting facts: during WWI he rose to the rank of captain of the ski patrol in the Austro-Hungarian army, and was awarded a medal for being wounded at the Russian front.  But my favorite use of bellicose is one you’ve heard before (if you’re no stranger to this blog). Mike Meyers, in one of my 20 all time favorite films, “So I Married an Axe Murderer” refers to his girlfriend, as a “beautiful, bemuse-ed, bellicose butcher”. Please take a moment to watch this performance of him as a beat poey, reciting the now classic, “This Poem Sucks!”

3 thoughts on “Bellicose

  1. Hmm…bellicose? I think we all know at least 1 or 10 people who could be described as
    bellicose. #EnoughSaid #MyLipsAreSealed

  2. Thanks. I am pretty sure I’d never have seen that clip without this blog. On the beautiful south Oregon coast with my often bellicose grandson who is prone to conniption fits. but the rest of us are more phlegmatic and peace lovers and a few hours of digging in the sand calms him. Nice novel I am reading for my local library’s summer reading pick a book by it’s cover choice. “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen. Very enjoyable book with fascinating sidebars from a very young man’s perspective.

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