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Origin Sift

16 Jun


  • from Gk. iatrikos “healing,” from iatros “physician, healer” (related to iatreun “treat medically,” and iasthai “heal, treat”); of uncertain origin, perhaps from iaomai “to cure,” related to iaino “heat, warm, cheer,” probably from a root meaning “enliven, animate.”


  • 12c. shortening of O.E. ic, first person sing. nom. pronoun, from P.Gmc. *ekan (cf. O.Fris. ik, O.N. ek, Norw. eg, Dan. jeg, O.H.G. ih, Ger. ich, Goth. ik), from PIE *ego(m) (cf. Skt. aham, Hitt. uk, L. ego, Gk. ego, Rus. ja). Reduced to i by 1137 in northern England, it began to be capitalized mid-13c. to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
  • The reason for writing I is … the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a ‘long i’ (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral ‘one’ was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun. [Otto Jespersen, “Growth and Structure of the English Language,” p.233]


  • 1712, “form, shape” (earlier plasm, 1620), from L.L. plasma, from Gk. plasma “something molded or created,” from plassein “to mold,” originally “to spread thin,” from PIE *plath-yein, from base *pele- “flat, to spread” (see plane (1)). Sense of “liquid part of blood” is from 1845; that of “ionized gas” is 1928.


  • 1848, from Ger. Protoplasma (1846), used by Ger. botanist Hugo von Mohl (1805-72), from Gk. proto- “first” + plasma “something molded” (see plasma). The word was in L.L., meaning “first created thing,” and may have existed in ecclesiastical Gk. in a different sense. It was used 1839 by Czech physiologist Johannes Evangelista Purkinje (1787-1869) to denote the gelatinous fluid found in living tissue. This word prevailed, though Ger. language purists preferred Urschleim “original mucus.”


  • O.E. god “supreme being, deity,” from P.Gmc. *guthan (cf. Du. god, Ger. Gott, O.N. guð, Goth. guþ), from PIE *ghut- “that which is invoked” (cf. Skt. huta- “invoked,” an epithet of Indra), from root *gheu(e)- “to call, invoke.” But some trace it to PIE *ghu-to- “poured,” from root *gheu- “to pour, pour a libation” (source of Gk. khein “to pour,” khoane “funnel” and khymos “juice;” also in the phrase khute gaia “poured earth,” referring to a burial mound). “Given the Greek facts, the Germanic form may have referred in the first instance to the spirit immanent in a burial mound” [Watkins]. Cf. also Zeus. Not related to good. Originally neut. in Gmc., the gender shifted to masc. after the coming of Christianity. O.E. god was probably closer in sense to L. numen. A better word to translate deus might have been P.Gmc. *ansuz, but this was only used of the highest deities in the Gmc. religion, and not of foreign gods, and it was never used of the Christian God. It survives in English mainly in the personal names beginning in Os-.
  • I want my lawyer, my tailor, my servants, even my wife to believe in God, because it means that I shall be cheated and robbed and cuckolded less often. … If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. [Voltaire]


  • 1550, from L., lit. “voice” (see voice). Especially in vox populi (1550) “the voice of the people” (the full maxim is Vox populi vox Dei “the voice of the people is the voice of God”).


29 May

A number of terms are used to describe art that is loosely understood as “outside” of official culture. Definitions of these terms vary, and there are areas of overlap between them. The editors of Raw Vision, a leading journal in the field, suggest that “Whatever views we have about the value of controversy itself, it is important to sustain creative discussion by way of an agreed vocabulary”. Consequently they lament the use of “outsider artist” to refer to almost any untrained artist. “It is not enough to be untrained, clumsy or naïve. Outsider Art is virtually synonymous with Art Brut in both spirit and meaning, to that rarity of art produced by those who do not know its name.”

  • Art Brut: literally translated from French means “raw art”; ‘Raw’ in that it has not been through the ‘cooking’ process: the art world of art schools, galleries, museums. Originally art by psychotic individuals who existed almost completely outside culture and society. Strictly speaking it refers only to the Collection de l’Art Brut.
  • Folk art: Folk art originally suggested crafts and decorative skills associated with peasant communities in Europe – though presumably it could equally apply to any indigenous culture. It has broadened to include any product of practical craftsmanship and decorative skill – everything from chain-saw animals to hub-cap buildings. A key distinction between folk and outsider art is that folk art typically embodies traditional forms and social values, where outsider art stands in some marginal relationship to society’s mainstream.
  • Intuitive artVisionary artRaw Vision Magazine’s preferred general terms for outsider art. It describes them as deliberate umbrella terms. However, Visionary Art unlike other definitions here can often refer to the subject matter of the works, which includes images of a spiritual or religious nature. Intuitive art is probably the most general term available. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art based in Chicago operates a museum dedicated to the study and exhibition of intuitive and outsider art. The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is dedicated to the collection and display of visionary art.
  • Marginal art/Art singulier: Essentially the same as Neue Invention; refers to artists on the margins of the art world.
  • Naïve art: Another term commonly applied to untrained artists who aspire to “normal” artistic status, i.e. they have a much more conscious interaction with the mainstream art world than do outsider artists.
  • Neuve Invention: Used to describe artists who, although marginal, have some interaction with mainstream culture. They may be doing art part-time for instance. The expression was coined by Dubuffet too; strictly speaking it refers only to a special part of the Collection de l’Art Brut.
  • Visionary environments: Buildings and sculpture parks built by visionary artists – range from decorated houses, to large areas incorporating a large number of individual sculptures with a tightly associated theme. Examples include Watts Towersby Simon RodiaBuddha Park and Sala Keoku by Bunleua Sulilat, and The Palais Ideal by Ferdinand Cheval.

The Hypostases

7 May

The Neoplatonic hypostases in relation to other esoteric systems of thought:

This diagram shows Consciousness in terms of progressive gradations of subtle worlds and aspects/substrates (of Physical, Emotional, and Mental), as well as increasing Transformation and Transcendence

The Spiral Dance – Special 20th Anniversary Edition A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess, by Starhawk — extended excerpt


Between the Worlds

The moon is full. We meet on a hilltop that looks out over the bay. Below us, lights spread out like a field of jewels, and faraway skyscrapers pierce the swirling fog like the spires of fairytale towers. The night is enchanted,

Our candles have been blown out, and our makeshift altar cannot stand up under the force of the wind, as it sings through the branches of tall eucalyptus. We hold up our arms and let it hurl against our faces. We are exhilarated, hair and eyes streaming. The tools are unimportant; we have all we need to make magic: our bodies, our breath, our voices, each other.

The circle has been cast. The invocations begin:

All-dewy, sky-sailing pregnant moon,

Who shines for all.

Who flows through all…

Aradia, Diana, Cybele, Mah…

Sailor of the last sea,

Guardian of the gate,

Ever-dying, ever-living radiance…

Dionysus, Osiris, Pan, Arthur, Hu…

The moon clears the treetops and shines on the circle. We huddle closer for warmth. A woman moves into the center of the circle. We begin to chant her name:




The chant builds, spiraling upward. Voices merge into one endlessly modulated harmony. The circle is enveloped in a cone of light.

Then, in a breath — silence.

“You are Goddess,” we say to Diane, and kiss her as she steps back into the outer ring. She is smiling.

She remembers who she is.

One by one, we will step into the center of the circle. We will hear our names chanted, feel the cone rise around us. We will receive the gift, and remember:

“I am Goddess. You are God, Goddess. All that lives, breathes, loves, sings in the unending harmony of being is divine. “

In the circle, we will take hands and dance under the moon.

“To disbelieve in witchcraft is the greatest of all heresies.” Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

Stream of Consciousness [Free Write Poetry]

3 May

Transition is the space between.

Start at point Q1 and move through space until the quest has resolved Q1 and here we are now at Q2.

The question begot another question. Pause. Retention of breath, And Move Again.

Start at Q2, pace through space, destiny and destination share a common root, and I must have been daydreaming or waking while sleep walking in a spiral, because I see Q3, have the experience of Q1 and Q2 inside of me in the nature that is the nurture and cultivation of experience.

Retention. Liminal. Sway, sway (there are strong winds blowing back and forth and back and…) fall into the gap. Falling through the gap.

Co-articulate falling through fall into I am inside the gap and I am no longer searching, I am alive and being as present as present, slipping seamlessly like the silhouette shadow of a sun rise and fall dawn to dusk until the next twilight when a bright eye beams at the star light dusting the cutout tree scenery and I think to myself: life is beautiful.

And I feel myself alive and life is beautiful and I am full of the beauty around me because it is me and I am it and it is beauty and I am from the same grains as the snow topped mountain never seen or touched or the secrets the exist unbeknownst to the skies that reside on the dark side of the moon.

And I know that I know that I feel my imagination traversing the unexplored drawing a map of the secret rhythm and sacred geometry that lies beneath the illusion of an oasis and I feel symbol and significance escape with every exhalation and I am an intentional being and my life is bountiful and rich with meaning and it is true because I have faith that I believe it is so.

So You Think You Know Language?

11 Apr

  • The oldest words in the English language are around 14,000 years old, originating in a pre-Indo-European language group called Nostratic (“our language”) by experts. Words from this language group that survive in modern English include apple (apal), bad (bad), gold (gol), and tin (tin).
  • The word arctic is derived from the ancient Greek word for bear, arktos. The reason is that the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, lies in the northern sky.
  • In Old English, the word with meant “against”. This meaning is still preserved in phrases such as “to fight with”.
  • No English words rhyme fully with orangesilver, or month (there are, however, some partial rhymes, or pararhymes, for these words, such as salver for silver and lozenge for orange).
  • The longest English word that contains neither A, E, I, O, nor U is rhythms.
  • The word boycott comes from Charles C. Boycott. He was hired by an Irish earl to collect high rents from tenant farmers who completely ignored him.
  • The word “mile” comes from the Roman milia, “thousands”. The Romans measured distances in paces, which were about five feet. So, milia passum, 1,000 paces or about 5,000 feet, was the length of a mile.
  • Part of a Roman soldier’s pay was called salarium argentium, “salt money”, which was used to buy the then-precious commodity, and so pay today is called a “salary”.
  • The word typewriter is one of the longest that can be typed using only the top row of a standard QWERTY keyboard. Others are perpetuityproprietor, and repertoire and, if you include obscure words, the longest isrupturewort. The longest word that can be typed using only the home row is alfalfas. No words can be typed using only the bottom row, because that row contains no vowels.
  • The longest words that can be typed on a standard QWERTY keyboard using only the left hand are twelve letters long. There are six such words: aftereffectsdesegregateddesegregatesreverberatedreverberates, and stewardesses.
  • The verb “cleave” has two opposite meanings. It can mean to adhere or to separate.
  • The words “beef” and “cow” come from the same Indo-European root.
  • Prior to 1974, a billion in the United States of America was different from a billion in Great Britain. An American or short scale billion was a thousand million (1,000,000,000), but a British or long scale billion was a million million (1,000,000,000,000).
  • The word “kindergarten” comes from the German for “children’s garden”. Friedrich Froebel, who coined the term, originally was planning to use the term “Kleinkinderbeschäftigungsanstalt” instead.
  • The word “tragedy” is derived from two Greek words meaning “goat song”.
  • The word “abracadabra” originated in Roman times as part of a prayer to the god Abraxas.
    • eon
    • 1640s, from L. aeon, from Gk. aion “age, vital force, lifetime,” from PIE base *aiw- “vital force, life, long life, eternity” (cf. Skt. ayu “life,” Avestan ayu “age,” L. aevum “space of time, eternity,” Goth. aiws “age, eternity,” O.N. ævi “lifetime,” Ger. ewig “everlasting,” O.E. a “ever, always”).
    • earring
    • O.E. earhring, from ear + hring (see ring (n.)). Now including any sort of ornament in the ear; the pendants were originally ear-drops (1720).
    • “The two groups which had formerly a near monopoly on male earrings were Gypsies and sailors. Both has the usual traditions about eyesight [see ear (1)], but it was also said that sailors’ earrings would save them from drowning, while others argued that should a sailor be drowned and washed up on some foreign shore, his gold earrings would pay for a proper Christian burial.” [“Dictionary of English Folklore”]
    • seraph
    • 1667, first used by Milton (probably on analogy of cherub/cherubim), singular back-formation from O.E.seraphim (pl.), from L.L. seraphim, from Gk. seraphim, from Heb. seraphim (only in Isa. vi), pl. of *saraph(which does not occur in the Bible), probably lit. “the burning one,” from saraph “it burned.” Seraphs were traditionally regarded as burning or flaming angels, though the word seems to have some etymological sense of “flying,” perhaps from confusion with the root of Ar. sharafa “be lofty.” Some scholars identify it with a word found in other passages interpreted as “fiery flying serpent.”


      • 1672, “watery animal fluid,” from L. serum “watery fluid, whey,” from PIE base *ser-/*sor- “to run, flow” (cf. Gk.oros “whey;” Skt. sarah “flowing,” sarit “brook, river”). First applied 1893 to blood serum used in medical treatments.


      1. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anonymous
      2. Albert Einstein’s last words will never be known. He spoke them in German, a language that the attending nurse didn’t speak and so couldn’t recall what was said.
      3. Only 1% of the population has a “genius” IQ, one of 140 or higher.
      4. Up to half of all North Americans with a genius IQ (140 or higher) never graduate high school.

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        25 Mar

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        17 Mar


        And Now, Word of Twilight is ANIMUS

        Latin animus

        • “the mind, in a great variety of meanings: the rational soul in man, intellect, consciousness, will, intention, courage, spirit, sensibility, feeling, passion, pride, vehemence, wrath, etc., the breath, life, soul”
        • closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima.

        Noun: animus

        1. The basic impulses and instincts which govern one’s actions.
        2. A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will.
        • “The current row arose swiftly, sparked both by historical animus and jockeying over future power and place in Asia – and it surprised many observers in the depth of antipathy on both sides.” — Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2005
        1. (Jungian psychology) The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.

        Latin Noun: animus (genitive animī) m, second declension–>mind, soul

        • Tibi bene ex animo volo.
          • I wish you well with all my heart.
        • Animus se ipse alit.
          • The mind nourishes itself.

        NOTE TO SELF:

        • The Ego Tunnel, Review


        13 Mar


        1. noun, a sudden or unpredictable change of attitude, behaviour, etc; whim
        2. noun, a tendency to such changes
        3. noun, another word for capriccio


        • C17: from French, from Italian capriccio a shiver, caprice, from capo head + riccio hedgehog, suggesting a convulsive shudder in which the hair stood on end like a hedgehog’s spines; meaning also influenced by Italian capra goat, by folk etymology
        1. noun, music a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form
        • Etymology C17: from Italian: caprice

        Related Words: Synonyms:

        • fancy, whim, notion, impulse, freak, fad, quirk, vagary, whimsy, humour, fickle, fitful, changeable

          Flame Tree

          26 Feb

          Flame tree. noun
          • 1. a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree of western Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses
          • 2. showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana [syn: royal poinciana]
          • 3. north Australian tree having white flowers and broad leaves
          • 4. south Australian tree having panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers
          • 5. tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery [syn: huisache]
          • * یوجان yujân Fr.: syzygie
          • * The alignment of three or more celestial bodies in the same gravitational system along a nearly straight line.
          • * Conjunction or opposition of a heavenly body with the Sun.
          • * From L.L. syzygia, from Gk. syzygia “yoke, pair, union of two, conjunction,” from syzygein “to yoke together,” from → syn- “together” + zygon “yoke,” cognate with Pers. yuq, jug “yoke,” as below.
          • * Yujân from yuj “yoke,” variants yuq, juh (Mid.Pers. jug, ayoxtan “to join, yoke;” Av. yaog- “to yoke, put to; to join, unite;” cf. Skt. yugam “yoke;” Hittite yugan “yoke;” Gk. zygon “yoke,” as above, zeugnyanai “to join, unite;” L. jungere “to join,” O.C.S. igo, O.Welsh iou, Lith. jungas O.E. geoc. PIE base *yeu
          single-lined binary
          • دُرین ِ تک-خط  dorin-e tak-xatté
          • Fr.: binaire à une seule raie
          • A spectroscopic binary in which only one set of spectral lines is detectable. The binary nature of the system is deduced from the fact that the spectral lines exhibit periodic Doppler shifts due to orbital motions in the system.
          • → single; → line; → binary.
          • تکین takin (#)
          • Fr.: singulier
          • Math.: 1) Of or pertaining to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
          • 2) Of or pertaining to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
          • M.E., from O.Fr. singuler “single, separate,” from L. singularis “single, solitary,” from singulus “one, individual, separate,” from sim- (stem of simplus) + dimunitive suffix.
          • Takin, from tak “single, alone,” related to tâq “odd, single,” tâ, tâh “piece, part; fold, plait, ply;” Mid.Pers. tak “single,” tâg, tâk, tâi “unit, piece, after numerals” + -in adj. suffix.

          Russian Literature, Quixotic and Clever Cunning

          24 Feb

          The question I awoke wondering: My intuition guides me, so then, what swelling and pulsating knowledge pushes and pulls the nature and direction of my intuition?
          The first question that struck me while studying for a midterm in modern Russian art (to be examined in T minus too soon): What is it about the Russian language that is distinct and bold, artistic and concise, so perfectly fitting for discussing the cosmos, so pregnant with potential through words, inherently clumsy, to engineer a blueprint to break through the next beyond the horizon?
          This question has no definite answer, and this search is a fledgling in its nubile awakening, but better to try than not at all. The following struck me relevant (below string of words), representing to me the way in which the Russian language emphasizes abscense equal to presence, where translucency between the two is not only possible its perceivable, and spoken of.
          nu·ance (näns, ny-, n-äns, ny-) n.
          • 1. A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
          • 2. Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone: a rich artistic performance, full of nuance.
          • [French, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nba, from Latin nbs.]
          nuanced adj.
          • Synonyms: nuance, gradation, shade
          • These nouns denote a slight variation or differentiation between nearly identical entities: sensitive to delicate nuances of style; gradations of feeling from infatuation to deep affection; subtle shades of meaning.
          nuance [njuːˈɑːns ˈnjuːɑːns] n:
          • a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc.; a shade or graduation. vb (tr; passive). to give subtle differences to carefully nuanced words.
          • [from French, from nuer to show light and shade, ultimately from Latin nūbēs a cloud]

          Night, street, lamp, pharmacy

          15 Feb

          Night, street, lamp, pharmacy

          – Alexander Blok (1880-1921)

          Night, street, lamp, pharmacy,

          A dull and meaningless light.

          Go on and live another quarter


          Nothing will change. There’s no

          way out.

          You’ll die, then start from the


          It will repeat, just like before;

          Night, icy ripples on a canal,

          Pharmacy, street, lamp.

          10 October 1912

          Apotheosis of War


          The Mayan Spatialization of Time

          30 Jan

          One of the only blogs I read regularly, The Toltec Ching Blog, archived a post titled “Inner Activism.” Clicked. Read. Hooked. Below is a link to the article, and the paragraph that took my breath away:

          It will seem strange to some to think of a stone as a sacred person. But then again, have they ever thought of themselves as a sacred person? They may know that indigenous people ask the plant for permission to take its leaves or ask the stone for permission to carve it but do they understand that the plant or stone are being treated as a sacred person? One thing we can see as utter fact is the equality with which the universe treats all things: the eagle may take the hare, but it dies touching the high-voltage wires around its nest, dooming the rabbits offspring as well as its own. Any hierarchy we imagine to exist is leveled by death and accident. The electrons making up my body come from stone and tree and sun and stars and, when this body disintegrates, its electrons will fly off into billions of directions to help constitute other persons, many of whom will not be human beings. The webwork of subatomic particles forming the space-time continuum has no “holes”. It is simply one unbroken interwoven Livingness of Space.


          Steven Pinker Podcast Lecture-The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

          7 Jan

          Steven Pinker Podcast Lecture-The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

          I am re-reading Steven Pinker’s book The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. I very much enjoyed listening to the lecture he gave to Princeton University on the topic (linked above).

          The 101 Most Beautiful Words in English Countdown

          6 Jan

          The 101 Most Beautiful Words in English, in alphabetical order (based on sound > meaning, but not surprising, the two often go hand in hand)
          1. Ailurophile: A cat-lover.
          2. Assemblage:  A gathering.
          3. Beleaguer:  To exhaust with attacks.
          4. Brood: To think alone.
          5. Bucolic: In a lovely rural setting.
          6. Bungalow: A small, cozy cottage.
          7. Chatoyant: Like a cat’s eye.
          8. Comely: Attractive.
          9. Conflate: To blend together.
          10. Cynosure: A focal point of admiration.
          11. Dalliance: A brief love affair.
          12. Demesne: Dominion, territory.
          13. Demure: Shy and reserved.
          14. Denouement: The resolution of a mystery.
          15. Desuetude: Disuse.
          16. Desultory: Slow, sluggish.
          17. Diaphanous: Filmy.
          18. Dissemble: Deceive.
          19. Dulcet: Sweet, sugary.
          20. Ebullience: Bubbling enthusiasm.
          21. Effervescent: Bubbly.
          22. Efflorescence: Flowering, blooming.
          23. Elision: Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
          24. Elixir: A good potion.
          25. Eloquence: Beauty and persuasion in speech.
          26. Embrocation: Rubbing on a lotion.
          27. Emollient: A softener.
          28. Ephemeral: Short-lived.
          29. Epiphany: A sudden revelation.
          30. Erstwhile: At one time, for a time.
          31. Ethereal: Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
          32. Evanescent: Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
          33. Evocative: Suggestive.
          34. Fetching: Pretty.
          35. Felicity: Pleasantness.
          36. Forbearance: Withholding response to provocation.
          37. Fugacious: Fleeting.
          38. Furtive: Shifty, sneaky.
          39. Gambol: To skip or leap about joyfully.
          40. Glamour: Beauty.
          41. Gossamer: The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk
          42. Halcyon: Happy, sunny, care-free.
          43. Harbinger: Messenger with news of the future.
          44. Imbrication: Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
          45. Imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation.
          46. Imbue: To infuse, instill.
          47. Incipient: Beginning, in an early stage.
          48. Ineffable: Unutterable, inexpressible.
          49. Ingénue: A naïve young woman.
          50. Inglenook: A cozy nook by the hearth.
          51. Insouciance: Blithe nonchalance.
          52. Inure: To become jaded.
          53. Labyrinthine: Twisting and turning.
          54. Lagniappe: A special kind of gift.
          55. Lagoon: A small gulf or inlet.
          56. Languor: Listlessness, inactivity.
          57. Lassitude: Weariness, listlessness.
          58. Leisure: Free time.
          59. Lilt: To move musically or lively.
          60. Lissome: Slender and graceful.
          61. Lithe: Slender and flexible.
          62. Love: Deep affection.
          63. Mellifluous: Sweet sounding.
          64. Moiety: One of two equal parts.
          65. Mondegreen: A slip of the ear.
          66. Murmurous: Murmuring.
          67. Nemesis: An unconquerable archenemy.
          68. Offing: The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
          69. Onomatopoeia: A word that sounds like its meaning.
          70. Opulent: Lush, luxuriant.
          71. Palimpsest: A manuscript written over earlier ones.
          72. Panacea: A solution for all problems
          73. Panoply: A complete set.
          74. Pastiche: An art work combining materials from various sources.
          75. Penumbra: A half-shadow.
          76. Petrichor: The smell of earth after rain.
          77. Plethora: A large quantity.
          78. Propinquity: An inclination.
          79. Pyrrhic: Successful with heavy losses.
          80. Quintessential: Most essential.
          81. Ravel: To knit or unknit.
          82. Redolent: Fragrant.
          83. Riparian: By the bank of a stream.
          84. Ripple: A very small wave.
          85. Scintilla: A spark or very small thing.
          86. Sempiternal: Eternal.
          87. Seraglio: Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
          88. Serendipity: Finding something nice while looking for something else.
          89. Summery: Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
          90. Sumptuous: Lush, luxurious.
          91. Surreptitious: Secretive, sneaky.
          92. Susquehanna: A river in Pennsylvania.
          93. Susurrous: Whispering, hissing.
          94. Talisman: A good luck charm.
          95. Tintinnabulation: Tinkling.
          96. Umbrella: Protection from sun or rain.
          97. Untoward: Unseemly, inappropriate.
          98. Vestigial: In trace amounts.
          99. Wafture: Waving.
          100. Wherewithal: The means.
          101. Woebegone: Sorrowful, downcast


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