Ameliorating via Armitage: TAE Word for the Day


Ameliorate: (verb) to make or to grow better; to improve . To step in and make an unsatisfactory situation better.

Synonyms include amend, enhance, help.

ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin melior, “better.” Earliest known use: 1767

Richard Armitage is a man who believes in a life philosophy of nourishment and nurturing, of building up rather than tearing down, of treating others the way you yourself would want to be treated. He is a man who strives to see just how far he can go on “somewhat limited talent” (his words, NOT mine). He seeks to improve himself and encourages us to do the same by word and deed; he leads by example.

In my opinion, he enhances any production in which he appears. He often ameliorates the role, adding dimensions  and shadings to the character that might very well not be there if played by someone else.  Think of Sir Guy, no cardboard cutout “evil henchman” or John Porter, far more than just a bloke with big guns and big muscles.

I think most of us would also agree that Mr. Armitage has ameliorated our own lives. It’s not only through entertaining and moving us through his fine performances. It’s also the way he serves as a muse for our own creative endeavors, both fandom and non-fandom related, and a catalyst for positive action and change in our own lives.

Ameliorating through Armitage: it’s a good thing.

8 responses »

  1. A great word for RA, Angie. He has ameliorated my life in so many ways, too many to go on and on about. An example: previous bloggers have written about their dread of the dentist. Well, there I was in the office today with a broken front tooth and needing another crown. I didn’t have the nerve to suggest to my dentist that he cover his screen and walls with pictures of Mr. Armitage. But I found it wasn’t necessary. I have so many beautiful pictures of RA bouncing around in my imagination from videos I have watched a zillion times (especially yours, Angie), that that procedure was over in no time. Listening to a recording of RA’s voice would be the perfect thing to not only ameliorate, but render blissful, a really annoying MRI.

    • I think many of us would say the same, Lynne, re the ameliorating benefits of Mr A in our lives. My MRI was well BRA (Before Richard Armitage) and I would have adored being able to listen to Richard’s soothing dulcet tones to ease that awful hammering sound. *cringes*

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