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Jul. 1st, 2010 05:10 pm
myblackeyedfire: (Gent in thought)
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I opened Francine Prose's The Lives of the Muses and discovered a list made when I first read it, probably five or six years ago. The contents of this one:

putative, sublimation, Camille Claudel, Bonnard -wife Marthe,
mendacious, groat(s), scrofula, remit, avuncular, coadjutor,
nasturtium, locus poenitentiae, peritonitis, John Ruskin

I don't remember much of the book but these lists are interesting to find years later. Some words remain forgotten while others I employ often. Well, as often as I can stuff 'mendacious' and 'avuncular' into daily conversation.

A Latin professor I had in college would often begin class by encouraging us to parse this sentence! Even now, 'parse' is one of my favorite words. It's secretive, evocative of susurrations and other words, parcel, parseltongue, parsnip, parsley, parlay!...okay, got carried away at the end there, but I do like it a lot.

Date: 2010-07-02 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmaone.livejournal.com
i remember how happy i was when i learned what avuncular actually meant! and now i know what susurrations are. oooh, that is a good one.

Date: 2010-07-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyjupiter.livejournal.com
So your lists are of words and phrases you really like? That's an excellent idea! And I can see how it'd be fun to find those lists years later. I have a notecard in my bookshelf with random phrases and ideas from the Calvino book I lent you. I don't remember the details of the stories in the books, but I find what I wrote down intriguing. A question that runs through my mind is, "Why did I write this down and not something else?" The words and phrases I chose then had a significance... probably a relation to some theme that was big in my writing at that time.

Perhaps I should blog about this Calvino card in the near future. :-)

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