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Feb 17, 2012
This week's theme
Words coined after gods and goddesses

This week's words
promethean
dionysian
palladium
junoesque
apollonian

Apollo
Apollo (Roman copy of a Greek original of the 4th century)
Palazzo Nuovo, Rome

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Words that were formed as a plural but are now used as singular
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Apollonian

PRONUNCIATION:
(ap-uh-LOH-nee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Serene; harmonious; disciplined; well-balanced.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Apollo, the god of music, poetry, prophecy, healing, and more in Greek and Roman mythologies. He is considered the opposite of his brother, Dionysus. Earliest documented use: 1664.

USAGE:
"The end result was that the once-Dionysian Jagger became trapped in the crisp, precise Apollonian realm and was no longer capable of producing lyrics that matched Richards's thunderous, blues-based inventions."
Camille Paglia; Dancing As Fast As She Can; Salon (New York); Dec 2, 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. -Edith Cavell, nurse and humanitarian (1865-1915)

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