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#199740 - 05/10/11 07:05 AM word for 'long shadows'
jrp Offline
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I have seen, and can't remember, the word for 'long shadows.' Assistance will be appreciated!

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#199742 - 05/10/11 07:30 AM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: jrp]
Faldage Offline
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There's a word for it? I would have thought 'long shadows' would have done the trick.

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#199743 - 05/10/11 08:10 AM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: Faldage]
BranShea Offline
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How long should they be to deserve a special word?

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#199744 - 05/10/11 08:31 AM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: jrp]
Candy Offline
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Ha....good question, Bran

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#199747 - 05/10/11 10:25 AM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
There's a word for it? I would have thought 'long shadows' would have done the trick.


sorry to disappoint, but..

Main Entry: mac·ro·scian
Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek makroskios
: having or casting a long shadow
< that macroscian day which I had dreaded for so long -- Osbert Sitwell >
[W3]

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#199759 - 05/10/11 02:26 PM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: tsuwm]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
Originally Posted By: Faldage
There's a word for it? I would have thought 'long shadows' would have done the trick.


sorry to disappoint, but..

Main Entry: mac·ro·scian
Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek makroskios
: having or casting a long shadow
< that macroscian day which I had dreaded for so long -- Osbert Sitwell >
[W3]


ooh, I like that word.

welcome, jrp!
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#199760 - 05/10/11 05:37 PM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
BranShea Offline
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< that macroscian day which I had dreaded for so long -- Osbert Sitwell > [W3]

I see, many hours long.

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#199762 - 05/10/11 07:56 PM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: BranShea]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Good discussion your question started. Welcome JRP
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#199766 - 05/11/11 08:15 AM Re: word for 'long shadows' [Re: tsuwm]
BranShea Offline
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"fr. Gk makros, long + skia, shadow] /muh KRASH iun/
[adj.] having a long shadow; [n] a person whose shadow
is long, spec. an inhabitant of the polar regions
"

I bet in the polar regions the shadow projections must be the longest on earth? And in summer the days without end?

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#199767 - 05/11/11 08:26 AM Re: and terrify us with their long shadows [Re: tsuwm]
zmjezhd Offline
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macroscian

It's a great word, but unfortunately one would have to return to the easily understandable "long shadows" to gloss it, if one hoped to be understood by more than 0.05% of the Anglophone population.
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