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Aug 18, 2009
This week's theme
Words that exercise all your fingers

This week's words
diastrophism
micropsia
supplicatory
adiaphorism
simpatico

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micropsia

PRONUNCIATION:
(my-KROP-see-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A defect of vision in which objects appear smaller than normal.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek micro- (small) + -opia (vision).

NOTES:
Micropsia is often associated with migraines. It's also known as micropia. The opposite, where objects appear larger than their actual size, is called macropsia (also known as macropia, megalopsia, and megalopia). These distortions in perception are also called Alice in Wonderland syndrome after the little girl in Lewis Carroll's books who enters a hallucinogenic world. Also see diplopia.

USAGE:
"Seated on the chill concrete, I felt a recurrence of my childhood micropsia, a night terror I thought I'd left behind at age eleven or twelve, in my bedroom on Dean Street: the sensation that my body was reduced to speck size."
Jonathan Lethem; The Fortress of Solitude; Doubleday; 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Good and evil grow up together and are bound in an equilibrium that cannot be sundered. The most we can do is try to tilt the equilibrium toward the good. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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