Last Update : 19 april 2005
Words are the elementary bricks of every language, so they are the bricks of our "reasoning".
Many are misused, and many are "equivoque" : In poetry, this may add a value, but "meaning the same thing" in our communications will surely help a better understanding.
Here you'll find some reflections on some words, or what's related
with playing with words :
expurgating all words that might be troublesome - "bad" is no longer
permitted, but becomes "double-plus-ungood" - and by making other words
mean the opposite of what they used to mean - the place where people
tortured is the Ministry of Love, the building where the past is
destroyed is the Ministry of Information
Misusing, better to say abusing, words is the first step to fool people :
07 April 2003
Definition 1: A Muslim friar or fakir belonging to a sect that induces mystical trances by dancing feverishly while chanting religious phrases ("whirling dervish" or "howling dervish"), hence anyone possessed of frenetic energy.
Usage 1: Whirling dervishes belong to the Mevlevi (Mawlawiyya) sect of the Sufi order of Islam. This sect was founded by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi in the 13th century. In a ritual called the sema, the dervishes spin to the music of reed pipes and drums. Chanting religious aphorisms, they remove black cloaks to reveal underlying voluminous white skirts that flare outward. The belief is that the feverish dancing releases their souls from their earthly ties and allows them to interact freely with the divine.
Suggested usage: This word serves well in referring to someone who acts frenetically, "Thelma spends most of her days watching television but she works like a dervish the night before exams." The simile applies to any activity: "Darwin seems a normal guy during the day but at night he fiddles like a dervish at a country-western dance hall outside Sparta."
Etymology: "Dervish" is a Turkish word borrowed from the Persian "darvesh," the equivalent of Arabic fakir "beggar, mendicant, friar" from Middle Persian "dreeyosh." (Our thanks to Derrell Durrett of Denver for dropping off today's word.)
—Dr. Language, yourDictionary.com
This amused me a lot. And I consider it as a fantastic error ; because it's the easiest manner to make the only concrete concept (Here and Now) out of such an abstract one ! This is very close to Khayyâm, who thought that the only paradise (nowhere) is "Here and Now".
Thank you Mame, for your error !!!
Definition 1: Someone overly enthusiastic about or irrationally devoted to a cause.
Usage 1: The noun derived from today's word is "fanaticism" and the adjective is "fanatical." The verb, "fanaticize," may mean to make someone fanatical or to behave fanatically. As you can see, the adverb is created by adding "–ly" to the adjective. Nothing to it. In the world of sports, the word is clipped to one syllable: "fan," as in "football fan(atic)," "Indian cricket fan," "Atlanta Braves fan," or "Tottenham Hotspur fan."
Suggested usage: Household uses of today's word abound: "Murray, I know you are not a lawn-care fanatic, but you aren't a farmer, either, and the yard looks like a wheat field." The younger generation uses it all the time, "Hyacinth is such a fanatic about homework that she gets all three of her boyfriends to check hers before she hands it in."
Etymology: Latin fanaticus "inspired by divinities" from fanum "temple" via French "fanatique." The Latin root fan- devolved from a suffixed form of PIE *dhes- which also underlies feria "holiday" from which English "fair" was derived (via French "feire"). English "feast" and "festive" derive from the Latin word for "festive," festus, as does French "fęte." All go back to *dhes-, whence also Greek theos (thes-os) "god." For a full scoop of PIE, see our FAQ sheet. (Our thanks to Word-of-the-Day fanatic, Richard Everson of Pittsburgh, for today's word.)
—Dr. Language, yourDictionary.com
The word “disaster” has
its origin in “astro” or “stars” in English. Back then, they believed
that stars and their celestial positioning, controlled earthly events.
Anything planned “contrary” to “stars” would end in unpleasant results
Most of the population
didn’t do anything before consulting their Astrologer. In the same
manner, Astrologers were quite close to the governors, whose day-to-day
decisions were actually based on the interpretation of the
Hitler was one of them. So was Churchill, since he knew that Hitler consulted his stars before moving a step forward.