Sunday, May 01, 2022

Are you into MAMMONISM?

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MAMMONISM [MAM-un-IS-em] (noun)

The greedy pursuit of riches

"Between Mammonism and myself there is a war to the knife, the knife to the hilt, the hilt to the hand."
--Mercer Green Johnston, "Patriotism and Radicalism" (1917)



Sunday, April 10, 2022

Are you happy that it's finally FRONDESCENTIA?

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FRONDESCENTIA [FRON-dess-SEN-tee-UH] (noun)
It refers to the "leafing season", or the time of the year when plants unfold their leaves -- springtime, in other words.

"Frondescentia is the leafing of a plant; florescentia is, for like reason, the flowering of a plant."
--"The Analectic Magazine" (1817)


 

Sunday, March 06, 2022

You might be ICARIAN, Mr. P

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ICARIAN [ih-KAIR-ee-UHN]  (adjective or noun)

Having qualities similar to the Greek mythological character Icarus, especially his excessive ambition and recklessness

"Predictably, the hazardous displays of the Icarian are prone to provoke countertransference reactions that, much like a failed parachute, collapse an analytic attitude."
--Terrence McBride, Maureen Murphy, "Trauma and the Destructive-Transformative Struggle" (2019)



Sunday, January 30, 2022

Zzzz... Are you suffereing from DYSANIA?

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DYSANIA [dis-AY-nee-uh]  (noun)

The state of having a hard time waking up and getting out of bed in the morning

"Will our postdigital universe emerge carelessly from the griffonages of a soggy-brained professor, afflicted with dysania, or from some bio-powered hard drive afflicted by a crapulent program created by some cocaine-addicted technician working a second job in a meth lab?"
--Peter McLaren, Petar Jandric, Postdigital Dialogues on Critical Pedagogy, Liberation Theology and Information Technology (2020)



Monday, January 17, 2022

Are you feeling SOMNICULOUS?

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SOMNICULOUS [som-NIC-yoo-luss]  (adjective)

Sleepy or drowsy

"She soon went to sleep, but dreamt of distresses and vexations, of exertions demanded, and powers not to be excited; of falling from precipices, of painful adieus, and of boats foundering in shoreless waters, and was haunted by all the train of somniculous misery, which the superstitious resolve into causes, and the less weak into effects."
--Laetitia Matilda Hawkins, The Countess and Gertrude (1812)
(TWITO, page 139)



Sunday, November 21, 2021

You'll have more STHENIA if you eat your spinach

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STHENIA [STHEE-nee-uh] (noun)

strength, energy, vitality 

"The first condition he called sthenia," I explained. "Meaning lots of energy." "Correct. And the other group, by distinction had a-sthenia." "No energy." "Correct again. You do know your etymology, Samantha."
--Beach Conger, It's Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor (2011)


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Tired? Try not to PANDICULATE

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PANDICULATE [pan-DIK-yuh-LAYT] (verb)

To stretch and yawn simultaneously

"I'm troubled with pandiculation, An ailment dire and rooted deep 'Tis caused by undue hesitation In rising from the couch of sleep." --George W. E. Daniels, "Pandiculation", in The Medical Pickwick (1921) (TWITO, page 106)


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Vaccination is proceeding at a CHELONIAN pace

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CHELONIAN [che-LO-nee-UN] (noun or adjective)

A turtle or like a turtle or tortoise (i.e., slow)

"Weighed down by bickering and blather, the farm bill crept through Congress at a chelonian pace."
--
Valerie StraussThe Washington Post (2013)


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Have you heard the PSITHURISM today?

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PSITHURISM [SIGH-thur-IS-em] (noun)

The sound of rustling leaves or wind in the trees. 

"Another day the sweet south is blowing; do you not see how the larch and lime palpitate with pleasure? ... do you not hear the musical psithurism of the feathered foliage?"
--Mortimer Collins, "The Secret of a Long Life" (1875)


 

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Do you need more RHATHYMIA in your life?

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RHATHYMIA [ruh-THY-mia] (noun)

Light-hearted, carefree behavior

"The Beatles proved that one could combine rhathymia with mayhem in ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,’ their bizarrely jaunty little ditty about a serial killer." (TWITO, page 125)


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Humpty was no longer OVATE

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OVATE [OH-vait] (adjective)

Having an oval shape, like an egg

"Todd Smith's engaging small paintings create intricate patterns out of myriad, carefully hand-painted ovate dots, which set the eye dancing in somewhat the same manner as op-art." 
--Peter Clothier, "Gallery Rounds/Bergamot Station" (2007)




Sunday, May 30, 2021

STERNUTATION? Gesundheit!

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STERNUTATION [ster-nyuh-TAY-shun] (noun)

The act or sound of sneezing

"Tabby, the omnipresent housecat, seemed to delight in Natalie's constant sternutation." (TWITO, page 149)