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A.Word.A.Day--numen

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numen (NOO-muhn, NYOO-) noun, plural numina (-muh-nuh)

Divine power, deity, or spirit presiding in a place. Also creative energy.

[From Latin numen (nod, divine power).]

"Descent of waters receives much more stress than their volatilization into steam rising above the Falls, the symbolic transformation of unconscious material into spirit or numen." James F. Hamilton, The Hero's Journey to Niagara in Chateaubriand and Heredia, Romance Quarterly (Lexington, Kentucky), Apr 1, 1994.

This week's theme: words with irregular plurals.

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. -Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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