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Both in the vastness and the richness of the visible universe the invisible God is adumbrated. –L. Taylor.

Globes . . . provided as appurtenances to astronomy. –Bacon.

The structure of the eye, and of its appurtenances. –Reid.

Her hand he seis’d, and to a shadie bank,
Thick overhead with verdant roof imbowr’d
He led her nothing loath; Flours were the Couch,
Pansies, and Violets, and Asphodel,
And Hyacinth, Earths freshest softest lap.

– John Milton, Paradise Lost Book VIII.

For the Irascible passions do follow the temper of the heart, but the concupiscible distractions the crasis of the liver. – Sir Thomas Browne

Let us be set down at Queen’s Crawley without further divagation. –Thackeray.

The ladies and the knights, no shelter nigh,
Were dropping wet, disconsolate and wan. –Dryden.

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the paradise they found was a piece of meretricious trash – Carolyn See

rakish rantipole laughter –J.B. Cabell

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Italo Calvino

Nag Hammadi Scriptures

Gene Wolfe

Book of the Long Sun

Castle of Days

The Sacred and the Profane

Structuralism and Semiotics

Jonathan Swift


Alfred Döblin

Lord Dunsany

Silvia Plath

Nassim Taleb

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Gems, Metals, Stones

When chalcedony is variegated with with spots or figures, or arranged in differently colored layers, it is called agate; and if by reason of the thickness, color, and arrangement of the layers it is suitable for being carved into cameos, it is called onyx. Chrysoprase is green chalcedony; carnelian, a flesh red, and sard, a brownish red variety.

–1913 Webster


Professions, Person-descriptors


Alluvion the flow of water against a shore or bank


shade; shadow;

the invariable or characteristic companion of a person or thing;

Astron. the complete or perfect shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the direct light from the source of illumination is completely cut off. Cf. penumbra; the dark central portion of a sunspot;

a phantom or shadowy apparition, as of someone or something not physically present; ghost; spectral image;

an evergreen tree, Phytolacca dioica, of southern California, that has white flowers and is grown as a ornamental.

Umbral adj.

Deosil, Deasil, Deasal, Deiseil, Deaiseal Right, rightward, clockwise, sunwise, sunward; opposite of widdershins

Widdershins, Tuathal Left, counter-clockwise, anti-clockwise, anti-sunward, anti-sunwise; opposite of Deosil

Orn v. to adorn




Religious man is not given; he makes himself, by approaching the divine models. These models, as we have said, are preserved in myths, in the history of the divine gesta–Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane

and Anthony Shaffer’s The Wicker Man (1973), with itssui generis condensation of paganism, folk music, andhorror – Mark Fisher, What is Hauntology

List of Latin Phrases




Made-up Words


Cost-benefit analogy

Rome wasn’t built by sitting around all day

Marquis de Salad

Kids: Duke, Earl, Contessa

Ridiculous Phrases

Sumptuous pleasure-palaces of the mind

A thousand thousand ancestors in their hovels breeding in the antique dusts of time

Longer Definitions


1. That which forms the basis of anything; underlying principle; a concept or mental entity conceived or treated as an existing being or thing;

2. (Theol.) Substance; subsistence; essence; person; personality; used by the early theologians to denote any one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Note: The Council of Alexandria (a. d. 362) defined hypostasis as synonymous with person. –Schaff-Herzog;

3. Principle; an element; used by the alchemists in speaking of salt, sulphur, and mercury, which they considered as the three principles of all material bodies;

4. (Med.) That which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid; sediment;

Sine qua non an essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary. Latin, literally ‘(cause) without which not.’


1. a medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine; any scheme or device proposed by a quack;

The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors and the nostrums of quacks. –Brougham;

2. Any scheme asserted to solve a problem, but with no objective basis for belief in its effectiveness; esp., in politics, a scheme or proposal likely to prove popular with voters. [PJC]


1. (Rhet.)
(a) A figure by which objections are anticipated or prevented. –Abp. Bramhall.
(b) A necessary truth or assumption; a first or assumed principle;

2. (Chron.) An error in chronology, consisting in an event being dated before the actual time;

3. (Gram.) The application of an adjective to a noun in anticipation, or to denote the result, of the action of the verb; as, to strike one dumb; proleptic

Homaloid flat; even; a term applied to surfaces and to spaces, whether real or imagined, in which the definitions, axioms, and postulates of Euclid respecting parallel straight lines are assumed to hold true.

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