Judgment vs. Judgmental

I was thinking about the differences between the noun judgment, “[t]he act or process of judging; the formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation,” and its adjective judgmental, “[i]nclined to make judgments.” The adjectival form, by being inclined to make judgements, seems to suggest more opinionated based on prejudices rather than inclined to form them after consideration or deliberation.

To clarify a bit more, I turned to Webster, which has seven aspects to the definition of judgment:

  1. The act of judging; the operation of the mind, involving comparison and discrimination, by which a knowledge of the values and relations of things, whether of moral qualities, intellectual concepts, logical propositions, or material facts, is obtained; as, by careful judgment he avoided the peril; by a series of wrong judgments he forfeited confidence.
  2. The power or faculty of performing such operations (see 1); esp., when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; good sense; as, a man of judgment; a politician without judgment.
  3. The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
  4. The act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge; the mandate or sentence of God as the judge of all.
  5. (Philos.) (a) That act of the mind by which two notions or ideas which are apprehended as distinct are compared for the purpose of ascertaining their agreement or disagreement. See 1. The comparison may be threefold: (1) Of individual objects forming a concept. (2) Of concepts giving what is technically called a judgment. (3) Of two judgments giving an inference. Judgments have been further classed as analytic, synthetic, and identical. (b) That power or faculty by which knowledge dependent upon comparison and discrimination is acquired. See 2.
  6. A calamity regarded as sent by God, by way of recompense for wrong committed; a providential punishment.
  7. (Theol.) The final award; the last sentence.

My sense is that judgment, in modern usage, sticks with the main line of the definition in 1, i.e., careful consideration of discriminating rightly, justly or wisely. Whereas judgmental conveys the sense of the definition of 2 and 4, it’s an opinion by the unqualified, rendered based on whether it conforms to some arbitrary standard. Interesting that the form of the word can give such a different shade of meaning.

The ‘H’ in ‘Jesus H. Christ’ — Grammarphobia

“The most likely suggestion is that it comes from a monogram made of the first three letters of the Greek name for Jesus.

In Greek, “Jesus” is ΙΗΣΟΥΣ in uppercase letters and Ἰησοῦς in lower. The first three letters (iota, eta, and sigma) form a monogram, or graphic symbol, written as either IHS or IHC in Latin letters.”

—Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, “The ‘H’ in ‘Jesus H. Christ’.” Grammarphobia. February 2019.

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

“I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s [1913] definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.

Recall that the New Oxford, for the word ‘fustian,’ gives ‘pompous or pretentious speech or writing.’ I said earlier that that wasn’t even really correct. Here, then, is Webster’s definition: ‘An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast.’ Do you see the difference? What makes fustian fustian is not just that the language is pompous — it’s that this pomposity is above the dignity of the thoughts or subject. It’s using fancy language where fancy language isn’t called for.

It’s a subtle difference, but that’s the whole point: English is an awfully subtle instrument. A dictionary that ignores these little shades is dangerous; in fact in those cases it’s worse than useless. It’s misleading, deflating. It divests those words of their worth and purpose.”

James Somers. “You’re probably using the wrong dictionary.” jsomers.net. May 18, 2014.

Worth reading in its entirety. You never know what you’re missing or how cheap the tool is that you are using until you see the tool, or the word, that expands your imagination.

Words & Worldviews

I was reading another one of those end of year life hack articles yesterday, about how changing one word can change your attitude toward obligations. The crux: instead of saying, “I have to wake up to go to work at 0600,” you change it to get, “I get to wake up to go to work at 0600.”

This simple substitution changes your attitude toward what you are doing. It is now phrased in terms of an opportunity. It makes you wonder what kind of changes would happen by reframing traditional ideas in a positive fashion.

Instead of a Ten Commandments of “Thou shall not kill” you could reframe it in a positive, “Thou shall be peaceful and help all living beings flourish.” The words we use create our worldview.

This is an important point. Our attitudes, our opinions, our ways of looking at the world are created whole cloth in our minds. They don’t exist out there in the world. They exist only in our minds. Ideas are exchanged between minds through symbols. It is our acceptance of them that gives them the appearance of being real.

In Buddhism, this is the fundamental problem of life. The mind creates fictions. We believe that we are our thoughts and emotions. We are dissatisfied with the world. We wish it to be other than it is or worry that a satisfactory situation will change (as it always does). We want to be more powerful, famous, rich, beautiful, taller, more intelligent, stronger, thinner, etc. All of which are ego delusion that assumes that the way we view the world is how the world really is and that you would be better off if you got what you wanted (even though you most likely would just want something else).

While it would be nice to be able to take the world as it comes and live in the moment as an enlightened Buddha, very few of us are there yet. In the meantime, we free to find meaning in life, even in situations of terrible suffering such as in the concentration camp Victor Frankl lived in.

In comfortable circumstances, why choose suffering? You get to choose to look at the world any way that you want. Why not start the New Year by improving your worldview and your outlook? Why not start by taking an accounting of what is really needed, how much we have and being grateful for so much abundance?

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

Words & Phrases, 2016

Every time I come across an interesting word or phrase, I add it to a yearly list. I tried making a poem using this one last year.

  • Pointless cacophony 
  • Buddha of subterranean impulses 
  • Métro, boulot, dodo — commute, work, sleep 
  • rossignol, French cryptographers whose name became French slang for a device that picks locks. 
  • cynegetic tendencies
  • Viktor Tausk’s Influence Machine 
  • ghetto for grinds
  • panjandrum, someone claiming clout
  • werewolves wearing shoulder straps 
  • Rhetorica ad Herennium 
  • bête noir 
  • sanctum sanctorum 
  • stochastic,  random
  • omotenashi, humble customer service
  • Scrotum-faced carnival barker 
  • akoisexual identity, feelings of love disappear when reciprocated.
  • facies hermeticae, hidden faces
  • factual Laocoön – priest that warned of Trojan horse and was killed
  • fourfold vision
  • chupacabra – fictional goat sucker
  • mind-forged manacles
  • Rube Goldberg machine – unnecessarily complicated 
  • An American without an opinion
  • Temples of tears 
  • Overton window 
  • gems from the matrix 
  • Raspberry jam delta v 
  • Cattywampus, not centered 
  • Gish Gallop – spewing bullshit faster than it can be refuted 
  • aware karada, learning through physically doing
  • Albert Luke’s magical bracelet 
  • Kraken Mare, sea of hydrocarbons
  • 52 hertz whale
  • Lojban – unambiguous logical language 
  • inconsistently applied crypto-Saxonist jargon
  • sciolism – superficial show of learning
  • bube meyseh, old wives’ tale
  • shtarker, muscleman
  • seykhl, sense
  • meshuge, crazy
  • money based caste system
  • Disdyakis tricontahedron – 120 sided dice
  • between 40 and Ω
  • Aleatory uncertainty, unknowable 
  • bafflegab
  • illusion of hindsight
  • Auftragstaktik, goal but no how
  • WYSIATI— What You See Is All There Is
  • stumblebum
  • “kto, kogo?” That literally means “who, whom” and it was Lenin’s shorthand for “Who does what to whom?”
  • Forgotten arm, boxing term, “It’s the hit you didn’t see coming.”
  • Rucksack revolution, Kerouac 
  • Flâneur – loafer 
  • Carne por la machina, meat for the machine
  • Buona morte, good death
  • glossolalia, speaking unknown language 
  • half-humps
  • overwatch
  • smells like hobo feet
  • Candango – a man without qualities, vagabond 
  • Dark monarchy 
  • Load of chancers in my lobby
  • Kodokushi, lonely death
  • solastalgia, comfort/pain, place loved is changing for worse 
  • Fuzziness – protocol of throwing a process at a program to check for error 
  • selfies, not selves
  • the hardest man on the cobbles
  • queasy quadroonerie of essentialism
  • mollycoddled
  • Generation Snowflake 
  • hornean, voodoo priest
  • shared paranoias
  • closed ideology echo chamber
  • Hare brained, the rule here is, we do whatever the fuck we want
  • Charvaka, rejected any idea of God and the existence of any soul or afterlife.
  • Semden – Tibetan for sentient being
  • Kunga Dhondup – nickname for money
  • Weltschmerz – physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind
  • lojong – mind training 
  • carceral state
  • Antikythera Mechanism
  • desiderata
  • boojum
  • Kemmerich gradient 
  • Gruen Transfer
  • Pomgolians 
  • Kugelblitz, ball lightening 
  • Orbers’ Paradox: if there are infinite stars, why isn’t the night sky as bright as the sun? 
  • Ophiuchus: 13th sign of the zodiac 
  • Radio Rental, insane
  • Pratfall Effect, competent people more likable after failure 
  • schadenfreude: pleasure from misfortune of others. 
  • Hortus Delicarium, first encyclopedia by a woman
  • neltiliztli: Aztec for rootedness, truth and goodness
  • Sicario: Jewish killers who hunted the Romans who invaded their homeland. In Mexico, it means hitman. 
  • cucuy: Mexician boogeyman
  • aphakia: missing lens of the eye
  • kakistocracy: government by the worst people
  • Jára da Cimrman: underdog hero of Czechs.
  • Mean World Syndrome
  • El zorrilo no huele a si mismo. The skunk does not smell himself.
  • I may be cheap, but I ain’t easy.
  • Thomassons: architectural relics maintain despite being useless
  • rathskeller
  • kompromat, the fabrication and planting of compromising or illegal material
  • Hottel memo: The FBI’s most viewed file details the account of an Air Force officer recovering three flying saucers in New Mexico in 1950.
  • reinigungskrise, cleaning crisis
  • quantitative illusion
  • authoritarian deliberation
  • hektemorage, serfdom
  • pachinko
  • hygge, coziness of the soul
  • Alban Arthuan, old name for winter solstices 

Words & Phrases, 2017

Every time I come across an interesting word or phrase, I add it to a yearly list.

  • tsundoku, leaving a book you bought unread
  • cotisuelto, man who insists on leaving his shirt untucked
  • iktsuarpok, repeatingly going outside to check if anyone is coming
  • trepverter, perfect retort that comes to you later
  • longueurs, dull and tedious, usually plural 
  • Rahula, hindrance
  • ikigai, Japanese technique for finding your purpose in life via four questions: 1. What do you love? What are you good at?What does the world need from you? What can you get paid for?
  • ptomaine, nitrous substance from putrid protein
  • heterotopias —  the production of shared spaces of ‘otherness’ through the disruption of the usual conventions
  • Lebensreform — life reform
  • technicians of midcult — creativity in the service of dominate ideologies, e.g., journalists, graphic designers, etc.
  • paralipsis – a way to make an accusation or spread a rumor while skirting the consequences
  • bergerie: shepherd’s cottages
  • mishegoss: crazy, silliness
  • two-dimensional ersatz dashboard Jesus
  • 4Ds: dismiss, distort, distract, dismay
  • Nijinsky of dreams, famous dancer
  • gjakmarrja, Albanian revenge killing
  • maskirovka, camouflage 
  • taranoa, watch me carefully
  • hxaro partnerships, gift giving relationships
  • acephalous, no formal heirarchy / governance 
  • witvoets, white foots
  • sonzai-kan, the human presence 
  • non-places, Marc Augé
  • a little hiccup in the psychospace of reality
  • A hedged freedom
  • The freedom of desolation
  • Useless people on useless land
  • Praise also the light and creation unfinished
  • egoizing
  • subvising, supervising from below
  • interverify
  • maquiladoras, Mexican factories
  • runcible, fit for multiple purposes
  • exploration of the possible
  • refuseniks
  • dostadning, death cleaning
  • dim, desperate, or drunk
  • London Association for the Prevention of Premature Burial
  • taphophobia, the overwhelming fear of being buried alive.
  • Es tut mir sehr leid, it brings me great pain in German, also very sorry
  • monks and drunks
  • Ad Aster Per Alia Porci, To the stars on the wings of a pig
  • animal laborans, a laboring beast
  • zoi se mas, life to us
  • arrière-boutique, room behind the shop
  • parrēsía — to be outspoken
  • silphium, lost classical herb
  • okaeri nasai, welcome home
  • Lover of the Strange
  • Sympathizer of the Rude
  • Barbarianologist of the Farthest Peripheries
  • cryptids, mythical creatures
  • homo homini lupus, man is a wolf to man
  • peripatetic, walking, Aristotelianism
  • homo mimeticus
  • Magen veLo Yera’e –  Unseen Defender
  • prosaism 
  • sannyasins / sannyasa: 4th stage of life
  • Polanyi’s Paradox, we know more than we can say, which in modern times has morphed into the question of whether humans can maintain advantages over machines
  • dysphemistic, substituting a disagreeable term for an agreeable term — fired rather than “let go”
  • Malveillance, bad surveillance — a term with already bad connotations
  • Dyson sphere, solar tech encapsulating a sun to power advanced civilizations
  • Matrioshka brain, an artificial intelligence or computational framework powered by a Dyson sphere
  • Yuppies Afuera (Spanish for “outside”)
  • moishe kapoyr, oppositional 
  • Zos Kia Cultus, chaos magician pre-cursor 
  • nocebo effect, where negative expectations can start a chain of harmful events which ultimately fulfill those expectations
  • colpo d’aria, a hit of air 
  • apophenia, meaning in randomness
  • budgerigar, parakeet 
  • Guelo, my dad’s dad
  • kodokushi, lonely death
  • death doula
  • etiolated, to make white and sickly, esp. plants without sun
  • Todos somos hijos de la tierra: we are all children of the earth.
  • cabrón: “bastard” or “dumbass”
  • pinche / chingada: “fuck”
  • To’on Na’atik means “We understand each other” in Mayan
  • τόκος, ancient Greek, usury/offspring
  • Gadji beri bimba, Dada poem of Hugo Ball with sound patterns rather than meaning. He lived to ” “to remind the world that there are people of independent minds – beyond war and nationalism – who live for different ideals.”
  • maenads, female Greek followers of Dionysus 
  • Verfremdungseffekt, “alienation effect”
  • stamukha, grounded accumulation of sea ice
  • Lyapunov function, differential equation used to evaluate stability
  • residual runoff of human desire 
  • Unblessed with beauty
  • No hay que confundir la velocidad con el tocino, do not confuse speed with bacon
  • virus in the system
  • Okhrana, secret agents of the czar
  • shtetl, a small town with a large Jewish population that used to be in Europe prior to the Holocaust.
  • kyriarchy, social system based on domination, oppression, and submission
  • nepreryvka, continuous work week
  • presentational self
  • chemolithoautotrophic, organisms that obtain necessary carbon for metabolism from bedrock
  • aperçu, glimpse, clever insight, outline,  general idea
  • lumpen digitariat, common users, digital underclass
  • Ithaa means “mother of pearl”
  • kanko oto—”call and response”
  • shisa kanko, point and call
  • déjà vecu, feeling you’ve been in a situation you haven’t
  • Déjà visité, feeling you have been somewhere you have not been
  • kaze no denwa, or “phone of the wind”
  • Demographic of the dumb
  • There’s no way to freedom but through freedom.
  • Eudaimonia – well-daemoned 
  • It takes a village to produce a village idiot.
  • anam cara: soul friend, Celtic
  • Non Sanz Droit, not without right, Shakespeare motto on heraldic crest
  • lumpenproletariat: criminal underclass
  • Closed Cell Restricted: solitary in Angola prison
  • “W.W.T.P.D.”—What would the Panthers do? 
  • stigmergically, consensus social mechanism
  • Prince Rupert’s drop, toughened glass beads
  • Arecibo message, 1974 interstellar radio message with basicinformation about Earth
  • groupuscules, a small political group, particularly of radicals
  • chode, penis wider than it is long
  • Weltanschauung, worldview
  • ponyatiya, unwritten rule, things that are understood. 
  • Travail, opium unique
  • Anodyne, drug to lessen pain
  • inchoate, early stages 
  • Elmer Gantry, character in Sinclair Lewis novel parodying evangelical Christianity 
  • John Frum, figure associated with cargo cults
  • Turducken, deboned chicken stuffed into deboned duck stuffed into deboned turkey
  • Bratsky Krug, circle of brothers
  • Bespredel, chaos
  • Farb, historically inaccurate 
  • capillary electrophoresis: detecting extra terrestrial life
  • apocalypticist
  • a debate without data
  • hipoisie, hipsterdom
  • zoi se mas, life to us
  • ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris: His likes will not be here again. 
  • Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a.k.a., Finn McCool
  • Benandonner, giant
  • high place phenomenon
  • Stomata ga nai, “it cannot be helped”
  • Pero mi existir es resistir. My existence is resistence.
  • Per aspera ad astra, “through hardships to the stars.”
  • Managed democracy
  • …anyone who’s gone out of sane consciousness knows that a door once opened is never satisfactorily shut.