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#14107 - 05/08/01 09:23 AM Re: Words from Germanic Myths
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and presumably frigging.


#14108 - 05/08/01 09:41 AM Re: Words from Greek or Roman myths
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What about words derived from other mythologies?

Shaman, djinn, banshee.

Would you believe banshee has made its way into Indonesian? The meaning has changed somewhat though. Transvestism/trans-sexuality is a much more openly acknowledged reality here than in European-derived cultures, and it can be very difficult sometimes to tell the difference. Going back to the nineteen sixties, apparently English speaking foreigners used to call transvestite/trans-sexual prostitutes banshees from their habit of calling out to potential customers. This was then adopted as a slang term by Indonesians in the slightly altered form of banci (pronounced ban-chee). The more neutral term, in case you were wondering, is wadam (a portmanteau word from wanita (woman) and Adam) or waria (again a portmanteau word from wanita and pria (man)).



#14109 - 05/08/01 12:05 PM Re: Words from Greek or Roman myths
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I always wondered if the Ozzie/Zild term "sheila" as a generic term for a woman or a girl owes it roots to "Sheila Na Gig" there are several sites about Sheila-- an irish god similar to Kali-- sometime portrayed as old woman, some time with a skull-- not a head-- some times grinning-- (or is it with teeth bared?) and alway with her legs spread and her vulva open.. some images ( many have been destroyed)--i thought this was one of the best.. since it has several images.. (and most are scarier that erotic!) She was a god of Birth/regeneration and of death.. a death head , a sexual inviting vulva...

my other obsession

#14110 - 05/25/01 09:18 PM Re: Words from Greek or Roman myths
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lastday, chimera is also a term from genetics meaning "an organism consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of mutation, grafting, or the mixture of cell populations from different zygotes."

considering this, I guess this might have been a good word for Words from Medicine as well.

#14111 - 05/26/01 12:10 AM Re: Words from Greek or Roman myths
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nymphs, and all the subclasses thereof, such as dryads.

#14112 - 06/05/01 02:28 AM Re: Words from Greek or Roman myths
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As far as I can tell, just about anything would be good for Words from Medicine.

Rapport was established superficially.

#14113 - 11/06/01 07:14 AM Post deleted by Wordwind
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#14114 - 11/06/01 09:28 AM Re: Stentor
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I think I recall reading somewhere that Stentor, while useful, was not really admired by the Greeks, and regarded as a loudmouth.
Off on a tangent, an idea we get from mythology is the use of a ball of string to find way back out of a maze, after Ariadne's giving Theseus a ball of string to escape from the Labyrinth, after slaying the Minotaur. But our word "clue" apparently is not the Greek word. Who remembers that? I don't.
There are a lot of mythology sites. Here is a fairly good one to start with:


#14115 - 11/06/01 03:53 PM Re: Stentor
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And the stentees were all those poor suckers who had to listen to him.

#14116 - 11/06/01 05:25 PM Re: Sphinx
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I took this quote out of URL above, because it might interest others as it did me, to learn etymology of word "sphinx" I had also forgotten there was more than one sphinx
The sphinx terrorized Thebes before the arrival of Oedipus (see Oedipal Complex). She was a hybrid
creature with the head of a woman, body of a lion, wings of an eagle, and the tail of a serpent. She
punished those who failed to answer her riddle with strangulation (the Greek verb sphingein means to
. At some point the Greek sphinx became associated with Egyptian iconography, in which the
sphinx had a lion's body and a hawk's or man's head. When we liken someone to a sphinx, we have in
mind the great riddler of the Greeks and not the Egyptian conception. A sphinx is an inscrutable person,
given to enigmatic utterances (the Greek word ainigma means a riddle).

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