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Jan 10, 2023
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

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idiolatry
cynanthropy
bolt-hole
hyperacusis
yesternoon

cynanthropy
A still from the documentary Secret Life Of The Human Pups

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with Anu Garg

cynanthropy

PRONUNCIATION:
(si-NAN-thruh-pee)

MEANING:
noun: A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a dog.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek kyon (dog) + -anthropy (human). Earliest documented use: 1594.

NOTES:
If you have to, better to believe yourself to be a dog than a god. People who play dog never harmed anyone. Check out the documentary Secret Life Of The Human Pups (36 min.).

USAGE:
“Our guides were two people with trembling tongues: mine a moribund old man whose tongue was hanging out like a tired dog’s: a case of cynanthropy.”
Fernando del Paso (translation: Elisabeth Plaister); Palinuro of Mexico; Dalkey Archive Press; 1996.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter. -Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (10 Jan 1834-1902)

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