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This week's theme: red-herring words.
gyrovague (JYE-ro-vayg) noun
A monk who travels from one place to another.
[From French, from Late Latin gyrovagus gyro- (circle) + vagus (wandering).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Other forms of religious life on Mount Athos fall outside these two major categories and include anchorites, hermits who live alone in secluded cells or in groups of two or three in remote houses with their own chapels, and gyrovagues - itinerant, mendicant monks." Plutarchos Theocharides; The Holy Mountain; UNESCO Courier; Jan 1998.
Let us face a pluralistic world in which there are no universal churches, no single remedy for all diseases, no one way to teach or write or sing, no magic diet, no world poets, and no chosen races, but only the wretched and wonderfully diversified human race. -Jacques Barzun, professor and writer (1907- )
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