Words of the Week

This week I’ve encountered a lot of words that are new to me. Here we go

  1. troglodyte (n.)

(especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave.

a hermit.

a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.

2. cryptamnesia (n.) – the appearance in consciousness of memory images which are not recognized as such but which appear as original creations

Cryptamnesia is one of many words in Jung’s essays and lectures for a Great Books discussion. It was a bit of a slog, but worthwhile.

3. Terpsichorean (adj. – or of related to dancing.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Terpsichore was one of the nine muses, those graceful sister-goddesses who presided over learning and the arts. Terpsichore was the patron of dance and choral song (and later lyric poetry), and in artistic representations she is often shown dancing and holding a lyre. Her name, which earned an enduring place in English through the adjective “terpsichorean,” literally means “dance-enjoying,” from terpsis, meaning “enjoyment,” and choros,meaning “dance.” “Choros” is also the source of “choreography” and “chorus” (those “choruses” in Athenian drama consisted of dancers as well as singers). The only other word we know that incorporates “terpsis” is “terpodion,” an obsolete term for a piano-like musical instrument that was invented in 1816 but never really caught on.

From Merriam-Webster.com

Sample sentence:

That’s the sentiment adding a jolt of urgency to the 19th annual Bay Area Dance Week, the vast open-door celebration of all things terpsichorean that runs from April 21-30 in studios, theaters, and classrooms around the region.— Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, “Bay Area Dance Week: Highlights, and what you need to know,” 11 Apr. 2017

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