Word of the Day: Carnival

car-ni-val / kärnəvəl




  1. a traveling show which provides amusements and rides

If the only vision we have of ourselves comes from the social mirror – from the current social paradigm and from the opinions, perceptions, and paradigms of the people around us – our view of ourselves is like the reflection in a crazy mirror room at the carnival.

Stephen Covey, 1932-2012


  1. any revelry, festival, or instance of merrymaking

If you can’t laugh when things go bad – laugh and put on a little carnival – then you’re either dead or wishing you were.

from ‘Under the Dome’ by Stephen King, 1947-


  1. the season of festivals and merrymaking directly preceding Lent in the Christian church year

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.




  1. pertaining to a traveling show or festival

Society is like a crowd in carnival costumes with everyone fearful that others will see through his disguise.

Vernon Howard, 1918-1992