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Whitewashing - Cheap lies

Whitewashing: Distortion of the facts to glorify the results, particularly by those in authority.

The first recorded use of the term was as far back as 1591. 44 more words



A harsh, scolding woman. From Latin “tri”=three + “vagrant”=wandering – refers to the moon wandering between heaven, earth, and hell under the names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone.


Mark - Boundaries dedicated to gods

Mark – To make a visible impression on. Where does the word come from, and does it have anything to do with the name?

The word mark, reached us via the Anglo-Saxons when they came… 106 more words



A serious promise, often made publicly. Anglo-Norman “plege”=hostage, guarantor < Latin “plevium”=security.


Reams of "ream"

Sexual assault scandals, mass shootings, military coups, tax cuts for the rich, trophy elephants, the impending devastation of climate change, the looming threat of… 427 more words


Time for soul searching

What is ART?

From the Sanskrit root AR, which means go to, produce. Root also present in Latin ars, artis, which indicates the ability to produce something concrete and, specifically, the ability to do it in a suitable, harmonious manner. 46 more words


Peribology = The Study of Etymology on Symbolism

“Enraged, Diana turned Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.”*