April 30th, 2009

Underground, Cuba

Fun With Words

Words from Tully's "A Discourse on Property":

congeries: a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together

voluntarism: a school of thought which regards the will as superior to the intellect and to emotion. This description has been applied to various points of view, from different cultural eras, in the areas of metaphysics, psychology, sociology, and theology.

ectype: A copy, as contrasted with the archetype original. (Has a specialized sense when used by the philosopher George Berkeley)

quinquina: a collective name for alcoholic bitters (aperitif) having quinine as one of their main ingredients.

ague: successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria

murther: Obsolete spelling of murder

pellucid: the material property of allowing light to pass through; transparently clear; easily understandable; crystalline; limpid

insouciance: careless, heedless, indifferent, or casual unconcern; nonchalance; the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you

prolepsis: anticipating and answering objections in advance; a literary device, particularly in prophecy, where the prophet treats an event as past when it is yet to occur.

victuals: any substance that can be used as food; vittles

raiment: clothing; garments; dress; material