Words & Phrases, 2018

When I come across an interesting word or phrase during the course of the year, I write it down. Previous years: 2017, 2016.

  • tanquam explorator, I am wont to cross over even to the enemy’s camp—not as a deserter, but as a scout. —Epicurus
  • heta linjen-upploppet, the hotline riot
  • masspsykos , mass psychosis
  • dystopian fever dream
  • “Hope looks forward. Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.”  —Florence Shinn
  • humanity has become its own ghost…
  • Congratulations on being unfrozen from that glacier!
  • the mists of idleness
  • cascading catastrophic effects
  • construal levels, relation between psychological distance and the extent to which people’s thinking (e.g., about objects and events) is abstract or concrete
  • CRAFT (Can’t Remember a Fucking Thing) syndrome
  • poster behemoth
  • a hemorrhoid of a human
  • polisson, French for little scamp
  • acephalic, no head or ruler
  • carnival carnivores
  • no wahala, Nigerian for no problem
  • iridescence, the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes
  • Weltanschauung, German for world view
  • cursed world
  • Tyburn Tree, gallows of London for 600 years
  • Konsytucja, Polish for Let’s follow it, [the Constitution]
  • Denktagebuch, thought journal
  • tzompantli, skull rack
  • senescence, biological ageing is the gradual deterioration of function characteristic of most complex lifeforms
  • kidult, kid + adult
  • Confusopoly
  • saudade, presence of absence
  • paradox of tolerance
  • prosopagnosia, face blindness
  • Buridan’s ass, paradox involving making decision between two equally desirable choices and not being able to choose
  • idiolect, individual’s dialect
  • soulless droid
  • anhedonia, a diverse array of deficits in hedonic function, including reduced motivation or ability to experience pleasure
  • imp of the perverse
  • antecedent reappraisal
  • fission-fusion species
  • rhinencephalon, nose brain
  • The Wellesley effect, synchronized periods of females living together
  • L.H.O.O.Q., Elle a chaud au cul, she has a hot ass
  • oleaginous, oily, falsely earnest
  • bricolage, construction of something by whatever material is available
  • cladistic, classification by most recent ancestor
  • agents of temporal distortion
  • backdoor symphony, farts
  • synecdochic totem, name of part for whole
  • metonymy, figure of speech where one word is replaced by another which it is closely related
  • postlapsarian, after lapse or failure
  • stadialism, staged development
  • minoritarians, a political structure or process in which a minority segment of a population has a certain degree of primacy
  • noetic, requiring use of the mind
  • cathexis, energy invested in an idea or object
  • dragooned, coerced
  • paper fantasy
  • pleasure threshold
  • bogarted, took an unfair share
  • doyen/doyenne, senior member
  • shrapnel consciousness
  • xenofeminist
  • deixis, me or here, words that require context
  • Power requires neither permission nor forgiveness
  • immortal cancerscape
  • chthonic hum, subterranean hum
  • sealed in a shrine of fakeness
  • carnival of thoughts
  • read the unwritten text
  • schizo-critical
  • rip the skin of this tumorous cosmopocket
  • palimpsest, manuscript where writing has been partially erased and written over
  • basket of fucked
  • precariat, the precarious class
  • It happened in a dream, or don’t worry about it
  • quisling, a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force, traitor
  • a whole host of horribles
  • Ciemny lud to kupi, roughly translated, means “The ignorant peasants will buy it.”
  • zrewoltowane, in revolt against the Communist system in Poland
  • tsundoku, the Japanese idea of letting books pile up even though you have plenty of things to already read
  • Stultitia, mental agitation, distraction, change of opinions and wishes
  • Alektorophobia, fear of chickens
  • cornpone, folksy, homespun
  • Pole pole, slowly in Swahili
  • mas morium, the way of your elders
  • sandbag countdown
  • linguistic chauvinism
  • prepotenza, bullying, Italian
  • wokescenti
  • Exopolitic E.T. Agendas
  • Abatwa, the mythical little people who live on the top of the mountain in Africa
  • foma, harmless untruths
  • …a life without explanation
  • Reincarnation Counselor
  • trogloxenes, cave visitors, bats
  • troglobites, cave dwellers
  • troglophiles, cave lovers
  • Sumerian goddess of beer, Ninkasi
  • Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum, The world itself is a huge temple of all the gods
  • corporate pablum
  • Peto’s paradox, at the species level, the incidence of cancer does not appear to correlate with the number of cells in an organism
  • Kundalini awakening, awakening to this vision of ourselves and the world we live in as ultimately nondual
  • palo santo, Spanish for holy stick
  • caudillo, a strong leader and the fierce devotion of the unruly masses who follow him
  • Nostradamus of failed romance
  • talbukcha, “person who escaped the North [Korea]”
  • Kirimuti and Tomenika, last two elders of Easter Island that spoke with Katherine Routledge
  • lost continent of Mu, 19th-century traveler and writer Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu — which he stated was located in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • reverse boustrophedon, means in the manner of an ox plowing the field, reversing after each line
  • Te Pito ‘o te Henua, means either “navel of the world” or “end of the world”, refers to Easter Island
  • rongorongo, Easter Island script no one can decipher
  • hairen, man of the sea
  • taikonauts, Chinese astronaut
  • gravity of reality
  • rasputitsa, a Russian language term for two periods of the year when travel on unpaved roads becomes difficult, owing to muddy conditions from rain or thawing snow
  • spiritual Alcatraz
  • everywhen
  • dreamtime
  • doxa: ‘the common opinion, commonsense repeated over and over, a Medusa that petrifies anyone who watches it,’ as the cultural theorist Roland Barthes defined the term in 1975.
  • invenzione, invention or creative vision
  • disegno, drawing or design
  • filosofessa, learned woman
  • asymmetry of passions
  • dream machine
  • mono no aware, deep awareness of things
  • half sterile and half feral
  • Post-mortem technique
  • obsequy, funeral rite
  • ‘Okhota na ved’m.’ (That’s Russian for Witch Hunt.)
  • It is forbidden to forbid.
  • Kucheh Kharabat, the alley of desolation, Afghanistan
  • honestum, the right
  • dreaming with others
  • Nyepi, annual ‘Day of Silence’
  • Al mattino ha l’oro in bocca—the morning has gold in its mouth.
  • paradigm blindness
  • armed lifeboat
  • a normal-distribution mindset
  • suicide in the land of the dead
  • atom, a- not and tom, divisible
  • disaster, comes from dis- against and aster, the stars
  • animalculus, little animal, microscopic
  • stygian, gloomy and dark
  • legerdemain, sleight-of-hand
  • kunikoi, dog philosophers
  • insurgent universalism
  • tragedy, τραγωδία, contracted from trag(o)-aoidiā = “goat song” from tragos = “goat” and aeidein = “to sing”, Nietzsche speculation that satyrs were the Greek chorus
  • djellabah, loose fitting female Muslim garb
  • suicide contagion, suicide of the well-known led other people to follow
  • hypomnemata, personal notes and reflections written day by day
  • prapidōn, great wealth of thoughts
  • pure love, love that demands nothing in return
  • parrhēsia, provocative freedom of speech
  • haireseis, attitudes of thought and life
  • brolly, umbrella
  • nomen est omen, the name is a sign
  • turnkey tyranny
  • askēsis, training or self-transformation
  • phusis, the beginning
  • Silurian hypothesis, there was an advanced technological society before the modern age
  • oriflamme, banner as rallying point
  • Deus Absconditis, hidden God
  • vendido, a sellout
  • “No mames güey. Cállate el hocico!” loosely translated, it means, “Quit fucking around you dickweeds and shut your fucking traps!”
  • Gesamtkunstwerk, total work of art
  • sharenting. share + parenting
  • muhasasa, nepotism in Iraq
  • bachaqueros, black market traffickers in Venezuela
  • grotesquerie
  • mehrabān, the guardian of love, Persian for kind
  • pobreton, pauper
  • everybody a carnival unto themselves
  • chatter and scroll
  • hobo tracks
  • overcoded world
  • The fossil is not the mechanism
  • cobaias, Guinea pigs, esp. poor getting cosmetic surgery in Brazil
  • “…a fuck rife with ignominy.”
  • I do whatever I want because I could die any minute. — Morgan Parker
  • Heimat ist da, wo man schwätzt wie mar – home is where people talk like us
  • If the cucumber is bitter, throw it out. If there are brambles in the path, go around.
  • Principled without being fanatical and flexible without being opportunistic
  • Opinions are like ass holes, they’re best when not shared too widely.
  • McOndo — a McDonald’s-ization of García Márquez fictional town Macondo
  • persist and resist, life philosophy
  • revolución rioplatense, River Plate revolution
  • cyborg soul
  • gnothi seauton, know thyself, ancient Greek
  • Abusement Park
  • Beauty capitalism
  • Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Any Kind.
  • grognard, grumbler, from French
  • hygge, Denmark, “intentional intimacy,” which can happen when you have safe, balanced and harmonious shared experiences”
  • koselig, Norway, see hygge
  • mysig, Sweden, see hygge
  • gezenlligheid, Netherlands, see hygge
  • gemütlichkeit, Germany, see hygge
  • skinflint, miser
  • contumacious, stubborn refusal to obey authorities
  • trolleys and cash-registers, America
  • abulia, absence of will
  • maraṇasati, a Buddhist meditation practice that uses various visualization and contemplation techniques to meditate on the nature of death.
  • sinceratrons
  • electroculture
  • cariz, χάρις, cháris, grace
  • odalisque, a female slave, a concubine in a harem
  • hara hachi bu, eat until 80% full
  • What is essential is invisible to the eye. —Fred Rodgers
  • kunlangeta, Eskimo word for sociopath
  • arankan, cold souls, yoruba tribe
  • fakakta, shat upon
  • nahual, disguise or mask
  • in xochitl, in cuicatl, in flower in song, composing song poems
  • urban idealism
  • mutatis mutandis, “the necessary changes having been made”
  • Trollheiman, Home of the Trolls, Norwegian
  • metempsychosis, transmigration of the soul, esp. after death
  • hypetaxen, subordinated
  • tokamak, donut shaped vacuum chamber used in fusion reactors
  • panegyrist, a person who makes public speeches
  • Príncipe de las Tinieblas, Prince of Darkness
  • Hohmann transfer orbit, In orbital mechanics, the Hohmann transfer orbit is an elliptical orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different radii in the same plane.
  • suerte, fate in Moroccan

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