Jul. 1st, 2010

Lists

Jul. 1st, 2010 05:10 pm
myblackeyedfire: (Gent in thought)
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.

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