I wanted to perform a hypothesis formation and check, because that would be a cool stunt for my LiveJournal, but I'm too excited. XD
Google knows what "diachronic" and "apotropaic" mean.
The Oxford College Dictionary, Second American Edition, 2002, DOES NOT.
: referring to phenomena as they change over time.apotropaic
: in essence, warding off evil.
Which of these words will Jheti get more mileage out of? Anyone? Best guess? XD
I had three more words I wanted the meaning of, but I do not recall...
Patristic, antinimous (which Google's ":define" command and Dictionary.com both do not recognize as a word, but which occurs on the Web itself in philosophical and similar documents), and...oh, there was one more...Feh.
I found them in this ungodly long-winded book about masks and culture.
Mileena wanted it. Sat up for the chapter about the Gorgon, but mostly ignored the book otherwise. She whined sorely about the density of the languaging.
I went in circles with it, trying to find the ends of sentences; he never stopped "talking"--his narration was exceedingly poor. No rhythm, no sense, and deeply abstruse word choice.
My collection of words is...not small. I think I went four pages before hitting three words I didn't recall ever even seeing
(Note also that "antinimous" and "antonymous" are not the same word, and do not appear to be RELATED words, either, and there goes my best inference as to the meaning of the mystery word.)
Kimbley has nothing to say to me, but he tends to pet the Chemical Abstracts
as we go past them once or twice a day. I looked in them and it was Greek to me, as they say, but they make him grin, and don't we look smart with heavy black vinyl-sided tomes in our grip.
Mmmm, I'm going to go get my battered 1980's dictionary and compare it against the new volume, and see if it tells me what these words mean.
If it can, I will return to gloat unbearably. *Halo.*( As a postscript, the standard dump: dreams and the RL saga that precludes them. )
THE RL SAGA: For whatever reason, my alarm clock did not go off. There goes my morning class; I have no way to get to it. I'm thus in no great hurry to catch the next bus out.