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Footloose in the Antipodes

I was recently looking at a blog by a woman in Australia who enjoys hiking, and a would-be title for a post popped into my head: “Footloose in the Antipodes.” For inhabitants of Europe and North America, the… 238 more words

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cartomancy

Telling the future using playing cards. Italian “carta”=playing card + Greek “manteia”=the act of divination.

Etymology

Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries & BrillOnline Dictionaries plaform

Brill has launched a new platform for its online dictionaries, called BrillOnline Dictionaries.

University access to The Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries is now available on this new platform via… 98 more words

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Wonderful Latin Names, Part III: Two creatures named “merianae”

(Image credits: Left, Opsiphanes cassina merianae, ©Andrey Zheludev, used with permission. Right, Erinnys lassauxii (=merianae), Shawn Hanrahan via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.)

I chose the first… 1,265 more words

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English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

panacea n.- solution/cure-all/remedy

Spanish

panacea

Etymology

panacea -universal remedy,- 1540s, from Latin panacea, a herb (variously identified) that would heal all illnesses, from Greek panakeia “cure-all,

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exorcize

To use an invocation or holy word to drive an evil spirit from a person. Greek “eks-“=out + “orkos”=an oath.

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