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May 28, 2018
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
metanoia
cremnophobia
ochlocracy
enantiodromia
obverse

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A word's currency works somewhat like monetary currency. The more people use a word, the more useful it becomes. The more people know it, the easier it is for you to use.

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metanoia

PRONUNCIATION:
(met-uh-NOI-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A profound transformation in one’s outlook.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek metanoia (a change of mind), from metanoein (to change one’s mind). Earliest documented use: 1577.

USAGE:
“You’ll need to rethink everything. Here you’ll need to resort to old-style metanoia, to radical rethinking and alteration.”
Alois Brandstetter (Translation: Peter & Evelyn Firchow); The Abbey; Ariadne Press; 1998.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Story, finally, is humanity's autobiography. -Lloyd Alexander, novelist (30 Jan 1924-2007)

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