#AtoZChallenge: D is for DRACONIAN

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#AtoZChallenge Day 4: D is for DRACONIAN
Day 4, April 4




excessively harsh and severe

synonyms: strict, extreme, drastic, stringent, tough; cruel, oppressive,
ruthless, relentless, punitive; authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, 

Even though they’re not related, whenever I hear this word,
images of fire-breathing dragons float through my mind.
(Not so much of stretch, since “Draco” is Latin for Dragon)

Draconian dragon, breathing fire

 Do you suppose this is where the term “Dragon Lady” comes from?
A stern, unrelenting, humourless, draconian woman?
[Read about the actual origin of “Dragon Lady” HERE.]

#AtoZChallenge, Day 4: D is for DRACONIAN

I knew one such person; the principal of the boarding school I attended in ninth grade. Here’s a thought: Why are there no “Dragon Men”? Why do women always have to be the BITCHES?

In any case, those who attempt to inflict their draconian edicts on me are going to get an argument – every time! Just ask my mother; rebel then, rebel still. 😉

“DRACONIAN” is Greek in origin and derives from “Draco”,
who was the first legislator of Athens in the 7th century BC.
He  laid down a code of laws that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes.

How do you react to draconian stipulations?
Looking forward to your comments!


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53 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: D is for DRACONIAN

  1. Well, there’s the programme Dragon’s Den with a lineup of male businesswomen and one token woman. It kind of denotes power and success in that contest though.

    I thought it was to do with dragon, so interesting to hear about this Draco. I wouldn’t have liked to be around when he was lawmaker!
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  2. That’s an fun one! I have two images in my for the Dragon Lady and some one who is Draconian..The Draconian one is the one with blood sucking tooth popping from the sides of mouth and yes the Dragon Lady is from GoT..isn’t she? 🙂
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  3. I just want you to know, I own a Dragon Lady. And she be very bad. Nine pounds of sheer thunder ready to kick butt. Thank God, the pitbull is the boss. Her laissez faire attitude balances the household.

    I know what you mean about men not getting the tag. However, Ima bitch and don’t care. I’ve discovered men either love us or hate us and the haters are losers. lol
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  4. Good word! I always think of a bat when I hear that word. It’s very dark for sure. Lol on DragonLady. Yep, we women are often cast in a not so flattering light. Pity, that. You certainly won’t find me hanging with any draconian folks. Not my style. The Rod Stewart song is my style though. 🙂
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  5. Count me as another one who thought Draco was related to dragon. Isn’t there a constellation named Draco that is a dragon? That’s misleading. Anyhoo…

    Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Hi from Nagzilla, bloghopping from A to Z.
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  6. I’m learning a lot from you teach! 🙂 I once had a draconian friend. I used to call her bossy, but draconian describes her better. She was sugar sweet when I did everything she wanted me to do… but look out if I didn’t. When I was young and naive I kept my thoughts to myself. We reconnected as adults, and it didn’t last a month. I told her to take a walk off a short plank.
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