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Mar 20, 2019
This week’s theme
Words that violate the i-before-e rule

This week’s words
reveille
facies
mythopoeic
obeisance
conscientious

mythopoeic
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mythopoeic or mythopeic

PRONUNCIATION:
(mith-uh-PEE-ik), also mythopoetic (-po-ET-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to the making of myths.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek mythos (myth) + poiein (to make). Earliest documented use: 1846.

USAGE:
“The work ... is rich with literary and mythopoeic allusions. The story of Jonah’s sojourn in the whale’s belly comes readily enough to mind -- and Pinocchio’s too.”
Gary Michael Dault; Venture into the Belly of a Whale; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Nov 22, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. (Author Unknown, but often misattributed to Henrik Ibsen)

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