the quest for new words, one often tends to overlook those that
exist but are hibernating for some reason or the other. Today,
some of these words have been brought out into the open, to be
kept passive till the time comes to display them with a grand
flourish. It was an enjoyable exercise to dig them out and hope
using them turns out to be as enjoyable.
It is pretty
common to come across misogynists, but a misologist which comes
from ‘misology’ is a new one. A hatred of logic or reason is
termed ‘misology’, a word that owes its origin to the Greek
words miso or ‘hate’ and logy or ‘study’.
is a book printed during the infancy of printing, especially one
produced before 1501. The word comes from the Latin word cunae
that means ‘infancy’ and is also used for ‘swaddling
clothes’ or ‘cradle’. The connection with a newly born
book is instant. The first printing press turned out books in
the year 1450 and the books printed during this year were called
‘incunabula’. Later on, the term came to be used for any
creation in its early period.
sometimes end their signatures with a flourish, today it is
listed as stylish, but in earlier times, it was more used as a
precaution against forgery. This flourish is called ‘the
paraph’ and it comes from the Greek paragraphos that
was ‘a short, horizontal stroke’.
This one is for
all those who are looking for points to meditate on! Omphaloskepsis,
a Greek word created from omphalos or ‘navel’ and skepsis
or ‘examination’ adds up to ‘the contemplation of one’s
Now, this is a fancy name for
the one who does the water duty, such a person can be called a
‘zanjero’. Zanjero is Spanish for ditch or irrigation
canal and, in the past, the person who looked after the water
distribution was named after the water source. An obsolete
profession now, but who knows, with the state of the
environment, it might get revived?