A Sonnet to Abstemious
Words Once did a shy but spry gypsy Spy a pygmy, who made him feel tipsy.
Just as Warwickshire's cricket was driving the most abstemious
fellow to drink, a sharp hike in prices has robbed home supporters of their only source of solace.
5 million condoms during carnival, which ushers in the abstemious
season of Lent on the Christian calendar.
So fife continued until Picasso tired of it, feeling it too disruptive for his work; the drunken antics of some, like the Fitzgeralds, may well have appeared tiresome to him, an abstemious
Judo champion, abstemious
Putin fits this bill perfectly as the historic "white czar", a good, fatherly autocrat who is strong, manly, and pure.
The portrait Boone (and Ferrell) paint of Harding is one of "a quiet, hardworking, abstemious
president," not a besotted politico (2-3).
Roer's O'Rourke is an ambitious, intelligent, and highly disciplined man of abstemious
personal habits, aggressive yet cautious in defending his own interests, a baseball politician who preferred conciliation, an attorney who habitually advised his clients to settle out of court, anything but the "baseball radical" the book's subtitle promises.
Here is the punctual, abstemious
, uxorious, musical Hanoverian who liked clocks, disliked gambling and worried about his country's economy.
This does seem an apt source for Spenser's abstemious
nymph--the more so since Melampus was the first to temper wine with water, and since Ovid contrasts merum, untempered wine, with merae undae, pure water.
This year Mardi Gras is February 28, the fat and festive Tuesday immediately preceding the abstemious
and austere Ash Wednesday that begins the holy season of Lent.
Later, the abstemious
congressman heard how porn causes the "direct release of the most perfect addictive substance.
This year's budget realities might drive today's more abstemious
crop of legislators to drink.
Similarly, despite growing indications that some employees are showing up for work hopelessly hammered from wild binges the night before, there still seem to be enough abstemious
types out there to keep the economy from imploding.
Morris was not impressed with the abstemious
ethic of classical republican virtue whereby the best men are expected to bankrupt themselves for the sake of the commonweal.
Three words in which the vowels a, e, i, o, and u appear once and in that order: facetious (teasing, not serious); abstemious
(temperate, austere, frugal); aerious (airy).