Protean is a word I found that I wanted to investigate. Although it seemed familiar to me, I couldn’t really remember what it meant. So off I went to look it up.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Definition of PROTEAN
- <a protean actor who is equally comfortable with light comedy and serious drama>
First Known Use of PROTEAN 1598
In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god, one of several deities whom Homer calls the “Old Man of the Sea”. Some who ascribe to him a specific domain call him the god of “elusive sea change,” which suggests the constantly changing nature of the sea or the liquid quality of water in general. He can foretell the future, but he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of “versatile”, “mutable”, “capable of assuming many forms”. “Protean” has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.
I’m sure I’ll notice this word more often now. It seems like a useful word to know.~Deb~