Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Word of the Day: onolatry

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's...

onolatry [oh-NOL-uh-tree](noun)

Worship of asses (donkeys!)

"Nietzsche has depicted the leaders of the nineteenth century as engaged in a veritable onolatry."
--Irving Babbitt, Rousseau and Romanticism (1919)

My parents live in the country, in upstate New York, and from their backyard, you can see two donkeys behind a fence in a neighbor's yard. ("Nice ass!" we've been known to say.) Sometimes we feed them cookies when we visit. They seem to prefer ginger snaps.


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