Building Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time
Quin qua ges i ma (‘kwin kwa jez e ma) n, the Sunday before lent, literally, 50 days before Easter. It has a more famous partner, and the two of them bookend the whole Easter thing for Catholics. They call the Sunday after Easter “Low Sunday” or Quasimodo.
Thanks to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Quasimodo enjoys popular secular usage. Why not Quinquagesima? I don’t know what we’re supposed to do on Quinquagesima, but I’ll bet there’s some Quinquagesima Mardi Gras traditions. If not, there should be. If you don’t live in Louisiana, just make something up.
Mark Quinquagesima on your calendar right now, it’s this Sunday, Feb. 18 this year, and plan a Quinquagesima party, with Quinquagesima costumes, traditional Quinquagesima cuisine, and maybe a special Quinquagesima cocktail. Don’t forget to get your Quinquagesima cards in the mail today or everyone will think you a jerk for forgetting them on Quinquagesima…again!