Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Topic Options
#206096 - 06/19/12 09:45 AM sere
Altadena Annie Offline

Registered: 09/11/07
Posts: 7
"Sere" as a reference of ecological succession is a new one for me. I remember learning it from an Edgar Allan Poe poem and have loved it ever since, evocative as it is of blasted landscapes (and perhaps hopes). One wonders if its application in an ecological sense comes as much from its descriptive allusion to 'dryness' as from the back formation from 'series'.

#206161 - 06/21/12 10:30 PM Re: sere [Re: Altadena Annie]
Jackie Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Mm--you mean its homophonicness? Sere/sear.

#206167 - 06/22/12 06:51 AM Re: sere [Re: Jackie]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: Jackie
Mm--you mean its homophonicness? Sere/sear.

Or either that or sere, one. But I see that sear is a variant spelling. I had never run into it with that spelling before. The two words, sere and sear, 'burn or scorch the surface of (something) with a sudden, intense heat', are from the same OE word, sēar.


Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8876 Members
16 Forums
13848 Topics
219543 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
RBG4L, jimrsbjorklund2, Ralph2, JoanPerrin51, Steve_Benko
8876 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 61 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 83
LukeJavan8 80
wofahulicodoc 66
A C Bowden 43
May 33
Rainmaker 15
Tromboniator 3
BranShea 1
Ralph2 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11613
tsuwm 10532
LukeJavan8 7711
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
Wordwind 6296
wofahulicodoc 6040
of troy 5400

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith