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Apr 24, 2019
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adonis
croesus
fortean
apollo
zoilus

Fortean
Charles Hoy Fort
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fortean

PRONUNCIATION:
(FOHR-tee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to paranormal phenomena.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932), a writer and researcher of paranormal phenomena. Earliest documented use: 1920.

NOTES:
Charles Hoy Fort once wrote, “I believe nothing of my own that I have ever written.” That’s all you need to know about the paranormal phenomena.

USAGE:
“[Participants] will learn about legendary hauntings, local fortean folklore, and recent accounts of paranormal activity in the city.”
Erin Heffernan; The Best Events for Halloweekend 2013; The Marquette Tribune (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); Oct 31, 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see--and what we see is life. -Robert Penn Warren, novelist and poet (24 Apr 1905-1989)

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