tumblr sunday: frolicsome dragon

dancing dragonThis little Chinese dragon from the Tang Dynasty is frolicking like nobody’s business.  But he still looks pretty fierce while he’s doing it.   Dragon frolics are serious business.

(Frolic is an odd word.  Google and my blogging software’s spellcheck both agree: it’s “frolicsome”, but then it’s also “frolicking”.  English.  What a language.  Those of you familiar with my work have heard this before, but why have “handsome” and “frolicsome” survived while “lovesome” and especially “ugsome” have fallen out of use?)

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