What does a lion, train wreck and carnival have in common?
More than what you might think, I wager.
Yet, the commonality among the three might not be what you think.
The lion is one of four big cats in the genus Panthera and currently exists in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and India. The male lion, which features a thick, healthy mane on his neck and reportedly can reach a weight of 250 pounds, is respectfully referred to as King of the Beasts.
Concerning the lion being called King of the Beasts, youngsters probably should watch The Walt Disney Co. film “The Lion King,” released in 1994. And baby boomers might need to prowl deep into online archives and see if they can come up with some old Tarzan movies, especially those starring Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller.
Carnage is defined as the flesh of slain animals or men.
The lion is a carnivorous animal, meaning it exists by eating the flesh and meat of other animals. Broken down, the prefix “carn” means flesh, while the suffix “vor” means eat. Thus, a lion is an “eater of meat.”
Carnival is defined as a period of public revelry at a regular time each year, typically during the week before Lent, as well as a traveling amusement show or circus.
So, here’s where it gets really interesting.
Whether in Argentina or Brazil carnival is one of the most exciting events of the year, involving parades, parties, and dressing up in costume.
Just before Lent many cities hold a time of merrymaking, referred to as a carnival.
The original purpose of carnival was to eat up all the meat before the 40-day season of Lent, a time of fasting and self-discipline.
In closing, I’ll offer a brief.
Hopefully, this will make sense to readers.
If it doesn’t make any sense, sound off and let me know about it.
As mentioned, Lent was designed as a time of fasting and self-discipline. Therefore, in an attempt to remain steadfastly disciplined, those participating in Lent decided to consume all the flesh and meat in their households the week prior to Lent.
However, it appears good intentions went a bit awry: The Jeffersons invited over the Bunkers for some steak and brew, and the next thing we knew, we had the very first block party, otherwise known as carnival.
A lion is an animal that is featured at many carnivals.
Trains transport carnival animals all over the country. If a train is transporting animals from one carnival to another and it wrecks, the end result could be that many of the animals aboard the train are killed. Also, a lion could be aboard the train when it has a wreck.
So, when the train wrecks, and other animals are killed, and the lion is not killed but is extremely hungry, the lion might end up eating the other dead animals.
Those attending will be neither merry nor amused when they learn the lion and the other animals were involved in a train wreck, and none will be able to perform at the carnival.
To sum it up: Prefixes plus suffixes equals word power.