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15 January 2003 @ 08:33 pm
Cool words and phrases...  
sui generis- of its, his, her, their own kind; unique.
tarantism- a mania characterized by an irresistable urge to dance.
spoonerism- the interchange of the initial letters of two words.
harridan- a bad-tempered old woman; a shrew.
haruspex- in Ancient Rome, a priest who practiced divination.
heteroclite- abnormal or irregular; a person or thing that deviayes from what is considered normal.
inamorata- a lover.
internecine- mutually destructive.
lacuna- a gap; something missing.
cosset- treat as a pet; coddle; pamper.
catamite- a boy or youth kept by a man for homosexual purposes.

And these are just the ones that spawned plot bunny vignettes. Baaaaaaad nifty words.

Heeeeey... more Everclear on the radio? "Father of Mine" this time
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: "I remember blue skies walking the block..."
Mim: toscamimine on January 16th, 2003 02:06 am (UTC)
tarantism... lol. I thought it was "speaking as though you are in a Tarantino movie"

I like catamite myself. LOL. Ever the slasher...

DrWormdrworm on January 16th, 2003 04:35 am (UTC)
*snerks* Tarantino. Hehe. Actually, when I read it, I think of 'tarentulla' and wicked Italian dancing.

And, yes... catamite is probably my new favorite. Heck, I was filled with joy the day I discovered the word 'pederasty'.
Mimmimine on January 16th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
"pederasty" gives me the creeps because in Greek it literally means "child molestation" (pes = child and eros = love, as in sexual love). I can't see it any other way. Definitely not one of my favourite words.

On the other hand, I quite enjoyed the film Death in Venice, the novel too. I'm so going to hell...