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An adventure is a dangerous, risky and/or exciting experience. For me, opening a can of soup is more adventure than I want to endure. You never know, you could cut yourself on the sharp edge of the severed lid.

Trekking through dangerous terrain? Climbing up or down cliffs? Jumping out of an airplane (with or without a parachute)? Um, no thanks.

But by all means feel free to experience those adventures yourself. And take pictures. I like to watch. Watching other people risk their lives for the thrill of it is much closer to my idea of enjoying adventure.

The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) says that an enterprise involving financial risk can also be referred to as an adventure. Apart from the thrill that you might get from launching such an enterprise, and potentially losing your shirt (which could get you arrested in some countries if you lose your shirt in public, particularly if you’re a woman), I thought that was called simply a venture, not an adventure. Then again, I haven’t published any dictionaries. Penguin has, so who am I to challenge it? No one, that’s who.

Adventure can also be used as a verb, in which case it means to undertake an adventure (i.e., the noun form of the word). That seems obvious enough. What more can be said about it? (If you have an answer to the “what more can be said” question, please leave it in a comment on this post.)


  1. Comment by Rum Punch Drunk:

    I’d say that you’re definitely on an ‘adventure’ going through all the words like this. Do you get a great thrill from this? Are you excited? and are you risking your shirt Joel?
    I want to know if this word is real and does what it says on the tin. 🙂

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