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Jan 29, 2016
This week’s theme
Words from mythology

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autolycan
herculean
titan
siren song
bacchant

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The Boy Bacchus (it’s never too early to start)
Art: Guido Reni (1575-1642)

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bacchant

PRONUNCIATION:
(buh-KANT, -KAHNT, BAK-uhnt)

MEANING:
noun: A boisterous reveler.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Bacchus, the god of wine in Roman mythology. His Greek equivalent is Dionysus who gave us the word dionysian. Earliest documented use:1699.

USAGE:
“I did not, as a young bacchant in the ‘60s and ‘70s, absent myself from the garden of herbal and pharmacological delights -- far from it -- so I found myself in an odd position, that is, lecturing a parent about drugs.”
Christopher Buckley; Mum and Pup And Me; The New York Times Magazine; Apr 26, 2009.

See more usage examples of bacchant in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. -Anton Chekhov, short-story writer and dramatist (29 Jan 1860-1904)

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