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Mything Words – Erotic

by Erin on February 10, 2012

Since we explored a statue of the Greek god of love yesterday, I thought it would be interesting to look at something related today. Indeed, the influence of a powerful personification from mythology is evident in this word. Of course you recognize the name Eros in the word erotic.

Mything Words – Labyrinth

by Erin on January 26, 2012

Yesterday, I went on about Ariadne in Inception for a bit. Okay, at length. I mentioned the word labyrinth a couple of times in the course of that discussion, so today, I thought it would make sense to talk about this legendary maze from Greek myth.
Let’s start with some background about the labyrinth. First things [...]

Mything Words - Pannychis

by Erin on January 23, 2012

I recall first hearing the word pannychis in college. It’s a funny, odd word, and to me almost sounds like something a child would make up. However, what makes pannychis most memorable is its meaning. At the time, it was described by my professor as an “all night party”. On hearing this phrase, my ears [...]

Mything Words – Cereal

by Erin on January 15, 2012

Mmmm, cereal! No matter what type of food springs to mind – from a tasty breakfast treat, to a more traditional interpretation as just plain grain – cereal has been around for a long time. And so has the name from which it’s derived. Just ask the Romans. They were, after all, quite familiar with [...]

Mything Words – Protean

by Erin on January 2, 2012

Since one of the constants in the world is change, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the word protean. As I am sure you already know, protean suggests changeability. However, did you recognize that the word itself is inspired by ancient Greek myth? Yes indeed! One hint: our old friend [...]

Mything Words - Jovial

by Erin on December 25, 2011

one of the synonyms of merry
jovial definition - someone who is merry could reasonably be called jovial…
Jove - Jupiter, Roman ruler of the gods and the counterpart to the Greek god Zeus.
influence of the planets on temperament back in the day

Mything Words – Acropolis

by Erin on December 18, 2011

Whether you spell it acropolis or akropolis, the meaning remains the same - the Greek word acropolis refers to the upper part of a city.
One of the most famous examples of an acropolis is in the city of Athens. It is where the Parthenon - that timeless temple dedicated to the goddess Athena - is [...]

Mything Words – Thyrsos

by Erin on December 7, 2011

Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and the theater, was often depicted in mythology and art with a thyrsos (also spelled thyrsus). The thyrsos was in fact one of the god’s primary symbols. This rather odd looking attribute was basically a staff upon which ivy or grape vines were wound, topped with what appears to [...]

Mything Words – Karyatid

by Erin on November 29, 2011

A caryatid – or karyatid if you prefer the more accurate Greek spelling – is a female figure that serves as a type of support in architecture. Essentially, a karyatid acts as a column.
The Erechtheion (which incidentally is also known by its Latin title, the Erectheum) is a famous Greek temple in Athens. The Porch [...]

Mything Words – Apotheosis

by Erin on November 22, 2011

Today I’d like to talk about a word that isn’t all that common, even in mythology. Apotheosis. Yeah, I realize it’s not exactly something that graces the average conversation. Be that as it may, apotheosis is a useful little gem to have in your vocabulary. It might even qualify as a “SAT word”.
If you are [...]

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