|Discussion-- What was the name of that lion from The Wizard of Oz? Let's see...there was
Tin Man, Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow and...the Pusillanimous Lion? No, that's not it. Oh yes, it was the Cowardly Lion! How silly of me!|
Pusillanimous is not a widely used term in everyday conversation. We would all be confused if the timid lion from The Wizard of Oz truly
was called Pusillanimous Lion. But essentially it would mean the same thing.
The comparison that I have made between the Cowardly Lion and the Pusillanimous Lion creates an interesting irony. Pusillanimous is formed
by combining the diminutive of the Latin word pullus, which means young animal, with animus, which means spirit, or courage. However, the history
of the word dates back to the 15th century. Perhaps The Wizard of Oz is older than we think!