If you imagine a constellation, you see a group of stars gathered to form a picture (or at least some lines that someone told you looks like a man and his dogs). Constellate derives from the Latin ‘con’ meaning together, and ‘stellatus’ meaning arranged like stars. It describes any gathering or group that has come together.
Remember Remember the 5th of November…. But what about September?
I’m not entirely sure what happened to my September post. I have memories of writing it, so perhaps I closed the page before actually posting it and didn’t get around to checking. So for this situation we shall give September the word ‘barmecide’ as though the whole month was some horrible dream and we’ve forgotten it all now.
Most people know of ‘ineffable’ but it’s counterpart ‘effable’ is very rarely used. This is likely due to the fact that it’s not too common to sit down and say “I know exactly the words to describe this” and for it to have a lot of meaning. However, I can say with certainty that it definitely had its uses this month.
Oririn: French. Literally ‘slinger’. From ‘The Frond’. Used to describe political rebels in the French civil wars between 1648-1693.
It would be nice if everyone could collectively upheave all corrupt government and replace them with people who actually care about other people’s well-being. It would be nice if everyone had basic respect for everyone else in the world. It would be nice if we could collectively make massive changes to make the world the safe place it needs to be.
Latin, from the Ancient Greek κακοήθης (kakoḗthḗs) meaning “ill-disposed”. From κακός (kakós) meaning “bad”, and ἦθος (êthos) meaning “disposition” or “nature”
Definition: the urge of compulsion to do something inadvisable.
From what I’ve observed, May has either been a very good month to people,or a very bad one.In my personal life alone I feel that everything has waited until May to reach a peak level of ‘particularly bad’. For the general population, it has definitely been a busy (or hectic) one. For people in education, certainly this month is a hellscape of exams, deadlines and studying, but somehow even after graduation it manages to leave a lingering need to be rushing to things.
Given the fact I thought the world was supposed to be ending during March, the chaos brought into the world during April should have me digging my grave right now. Except I’m a little bit past that stage now and I’m desperately hoping we can turn this car around before we hit the metaphorical wall. In my idealistic, unlikely dream-world this happens in June and the rest of the year becomes a lovely sunny paradise.
Does anyone else feel like the world should have ended by now?
Or perhaps if I were to really cling to the singular noun: doorway. Or, effect. Unfortunately neither of those make for particularly interesting or exciting titles, nor very accurate ones to what I wanted to talk about. So please bear with the Words of the Month this time.
I’m sure everyone at some point in their life has walked into a room with some intention of doing something, only to completely forget once they were there. Or opened a tab on their browser and forgotten what they were going to look up. Or unlocked their phone on impulse of doing something only to stare blankly at their background and assorted apps wondering what it was they were about to do. This phenomenon is known as the Doorway Effect, and it took me over a year to successfully look it up without forgetting what I was looking up in the first place. It then took leaving the month for me to actually remember to write about it. Oops.
“Sutor, ne ultra crepidam“
I first came across this word in the ‘Words to Impress’ chapter of The Daring Book for Girls by Andrew Buchanan and Mirian Pesowitz. Knowing that there was a word for the behaviour I executed whilst writing my essays, I felt a little more secure in the world.