Flights of Fancy

Sometimes I think it would be interesting to take a glimpse into the thought process of people like J.R. Tolkien. Or Lewis Carroll. Or Dr. Seuss. What was their thought process (their flights of fancy) as they developed such chimerical writing?

Chimerical (kī–mer-i-kuhl ) is an adjective that means imaginary, wildly fanciful or highly unrealistic. Tolkien, Carroll, and Seuss have written very imaginary, very fanciful and very unrealistic things. How in the world did they ever think of those things? My brain processes must surely be BORING compared to theirs!

Mardi Gras costumes are chimerical (wildly fanciful). Floats for the Rose Parade tomorrow will be chimerical (very fanciful and imaginary). Movies, such as Ratatouille, is chimerical — highly unrealistic because anybody who is anybody knows that rats cannot cook! And those creatures in the Lord of the Rings series are totally unrealistic and wildly fanciful (and downright scary to little kids!).

Chimerical does not have to connote dark, weird, scary things. It could also be applied to ethereal and magical things such as Peter Pan, the tooth fairy, Santa Clause, or the Easter Bunny.

Chimerical can also refer to something that is improbable. Maybe one of your friends has come up with a plan on how to earn one million dollars in the next two days. If your situation is like mine, that plan would definitely be considered chimerical!

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