Well the good people (though I have a feeling it’s actually just a computer) at Survey Monkey sent me the results of last week’s little quiz. And I must say my faithful readers did better at identifying the eternal pessimist than Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Cummings and company in the current production of Endgame in London.
I had 15 respondents and it broke down as:
100% – 2
80% – 3
70% – 7
60% – 1
50% – 2
And the average score was 7.3 out of 10 though how they got that .3 I’ll never know.
- This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it. Beckett 10 – Eeyore 5√
- Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. Beckett 11 √ – Eeyore 4
- The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually. Beckett 1 – Eeyore 14√
- Birth was the death of him. Beckett 14√ – Eeyore 1
- End of the road. Nothing to do, and no hope of things getting better. Beckett 5 – Eeyore 10√
- After all, what are birthdays? Here today and gone tomorrow. Beckett 2 – Eeyore 13√
- Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Beckett 11√ – Eeyore 4
- Days. Weeks. Months. Who knows? Beckett 4 – Eeyore 11√
- Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Beckett 13√ – Eeyore 2
- To the uneducated, an A is only three sticks. 8 Beckett – 7 Eeyore √ answers
The first and last questions gave the most difficulty and #3 and #4 were the two easiest.
Final question: who is being quoted in the sub-head. Becket or Eeyore? No fair asking Miss Google!
And the word for February 21st is:
pes·si·mist /ˈpesəməst/: [noun]
1. A person who tends to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
2. A person who believes that this world is as bad as it could be or that evil will ultimately prevail over good.
1785–95; Latin pessim(us), suppletive superlative of malus bad + –ist, one who sees or does; modeled on optimist.
Looking at those definitions maybe Beckett and Eeyore were just being realists? Asked he pessimistically.