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#136794 - 01/03/05 08:59 PM Word Conveying Reflection
drallie Offline

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I'm still (after several years) searching for the noun that conveys
> the "pathway" made by the light of the moon when it is reflected on
> water (the "path" that always appears to come directly toward the
> viewer. . .). I'm wondering if you have any suggestions as to how to
> go about searching for this word. I've looked in dictionaries under
> luna- and/or lun-, as well as under lum-, and aqua-, but have come up
> empty. I suspect the word exists. Is there a suggestion you can make
> as to how I can find it? (It may be something very simple that I'm
> making complicated, but I'm beginning to obsess. . ..)
> Thank you,
> Allison Bartlett

#136795 - 01/03/05 09:06 PM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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welcome, Allison!

what a wonderful question. I have no answer for you, but the picture in my mind will stick with me. thanks.

we may have to mold a word... no, mold is too heavy and earthy a word for such a vision. carve, no. sculpt. no. weave. no. what do glass blowers do? that's closer. I have the feeling, but not the word. someday.

formerly known as etaoin...

#136796 - 01/03/05 10:15 PM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
Jackie Online   content

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Here you go, Sweetie, and welcome aBoard. I found 5 dictionaries listing this, but I thought using the 1913 Webster's would be a nice touch: moonglade .
From the dict.:
ARTFL Project: Webster Dictionary, 1913
Searching for: "moonglade"
Found 1 hit(s).
Moonglade (Page: 942)
Moon"glade` (?), n. The bright reflection of the moon's light on an expanse of water. [Poetic]

See also:

#136797 - 01/03/05 10:18 PM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
maverick Offline
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Welcome, Allison.

Sorry, I have neither come across a specific word to describe this silvery effect, not have any great wisdom about searching that you have not probably tried, other than the general points:
1. Have you tried googling using wild card expressions?
ii. Have you trawled through the etymylogical resources online (eg, http://www.onelook.com/?w=moon&ls=a ~ including looking at the PIE roots in Bartleby (eg, http://www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE302.html or places like this: http://www.etymonline.com/
c. Have you tried skipping through some of the riches of online dictionaries, perhaps on specialist subject areas? (eg, see http://stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/hyperref.html#languages)
X. Have you thought about searching poetic interest sites? An example: http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html

If all else fails I expect a bunch of us fools can dream up a few nonce words for you to spear!

edit: hah, well done Jackie! I just hope the research ideas may also be fruitful in other circumstances. Is that word known to others here, btw?

edit 2: hmm, well I see one of us knows it...!!

#136798 - 01/03/05 10:30 PM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
tsuwm Offline
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>Is that word known to others here

well, Mav, had you but followed through on the OneLook notion... 8-)

but aside from being a clinchpoop, I found a really obscure word for this concept in an outdated seaman's glossary:

edit[1] - I didn't see your edit 2

#136799 - 01/03/05 11:52 PM Moonglade
Father Steve Offline
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"Photo by Bill Hutchinson, Soldotna, Alaska. Nikon N90 20mm lens at f 2.8 30 seconds on Fuji 400 HG" The northern lights spectacle continued into the early morning hours of the 11th. Hale-Bopp is surrounded by a purple hue that descends into the lights of Kenai, Alaska. A moonglade on Cook Inlet and the constellations add even more excitement to this very 'busy' photograph."

#136800 - 01/04/05 12:26 AM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
maverick Offline
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> kumatage

tsuwm, really, you must stop messing about with outdated seamen.

(fab pic, FS!)

#136801 - 01/04/05 03:16 AM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
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Moonglade. Ah, thanks, Jackie, for finding this lovely word that should be added to the thread about the most beautiful words. I am moonglad that you found it!

tsuwm, is kumatage really the same phenomenon as moonglade?

#136802 - 01/04/05 06:23 AM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
plutarch Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 1385
the "pathway" made by the light of the moon when it is reflected on water (the "path" that always appears to come directly toward the viewer. . .)

"mood glade" is absolutely a delightful term, but perhaps draillie is looking for more of a trail or "path" which gives the appearance [to the viewer] of leading somewhere -- like "the yellow brick road" to "Emerald City".

"moon trail doesn't quite do it. It's not mysterious and alluring enough.

The term should make us want to dance along this glimmering lunar trail, full of magical expectations, just as Dorothy and the Scarecrow and the Lion and the Tinman did along the yellow brick road.

Will it lead us to the "moon of our delights"?

Or only to disappointment, perhaps, if we are lucky, disappointment transmuted into the precious metal of self-knowledge, as the yellow brick road did for Dorothy and her fellow pilgrims*?

How shall we know if we do not follow it?

The lunar pathway beckons. That reflection is a reflection into our very souls.

"Is there a suggestion you can make as to how I can find it?" [That's where you will find it, Allison. :) ]

What tales will we hear on the lunar trail, I wonder?

Famous Tales along the Trail

* About The Canterbury Tales:
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury.

If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.


#136803 - 01/04/05 06:58 AM Re: Word Conveying Reflection
themilum Offline

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lunatrace wetbeams moonway ?

Naw...but here is another one from Kentucky.
I think I saw it once. It was very subtle
and I was drinking Kentucky moonshine.

"Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere."

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