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pandemonium (pan-duh-MO-nee-uhm) noun
1. Wild uproar.
2. A place marked by disarray, noise, chaos, confusion, etc.
[From Pandaemonium, the capital of hell in Paradise Lost by John Milton (1608-1674).]
From The Devil's Dictionary: Pandemonium, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a lecture hall by the Audible Reformer. When disturbed by his voice the ancient echoes clamor appropriate responses most gratifying to his pride of distinction.
"Each short move brings pandemonium, a clatter of hooves and high-pitched bleats from lambs frantically searching for their mothers." Shirleen Holt; Court Battle Over Sheepherders' Plight Highlights Fading Vocation; The Seattle Times; May 22, 2005.
This week's theme: words from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.
God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)