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Re: kalopsia [Re: zmjezhd] #177069
05/20/08 04:20 PM 05/20/08 04:20 PM
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 4 pallasathene
Actually, it is a classical word, meaning 'with beautiful eyes'. opos is in the genitive, so that's where the meaning comes from. I'd assume that the contemporary meaning is one of 'looking at things through eyes that are preprogrammed to see things as beautiful'. I guess a more coherent definition would be perceiving more beauty in something than there actually is.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2352907 (the site can take a long time to load.)
Re: kalopsia [Re: pallasathene] #177073
05/20/08 10:09 PM 05/20/08 10:09 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Auckland, New Zealand olly
Auckland, New Zealand
Originally Posted By: pallasatheneI guess a more coherent definition would be perceiving more beauty in something than there actually is.
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder
Re: kalopsia [Re: pallasathene] #177075
05/21/08 01:08 AM 05/21/08 01:08 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Actually, it is a classical word, meaning 'with beautiful eyes'. opos is in the genitive, so that's where the meaning comes from.
Actually, I think whoever coined the term was unaware of the word you linked to in LSJ. (The entry is short with no citations.) I think the neologist simply took the Greek roots for beautiful and eye and the ending -ia and ran with it.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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