Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (1735-1813) image: Encyclopædia Britannica MEANING a period of unusually calm dry warm weather, often accompanied by a hazy atmosphere, occurring in late ...
photograph: Metro The verb to unfriend was coined by the Church of England clergyman Thomas Fuller (1608-61) in The Appeal of Injured Innocence (1659). Writing to Peter Heylin (1599-1662), a churchman who had criticised The Church History of Britain from the birth of Jesus Christ until the year 1648, published in 1655, […]
Charon and Psyche (circa 1883), by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908) MEANING the spiritual guide of a living person’s soul ORIGIN The noun psychopomp, also psychopompos, is from ancient Greek ψυχοπομπός (= psukhopompos), meaning conductor, or guide, of souls. This Greek noun is from ψυχή (= pshukhe), soul, […]
Latin sæva indignatio, meaning savage indignation, expresses a feeling of contemptuous rage at human folly. For instance, in No splashing about in Diana’s multimillion-pound paddling pool, published in The Spectator of 31st July 2004, Paul Johnson wrote: I have often complained about the shortage of fountains in London. [...] Hence when I heard that vast […]
Bija, a two-year-old female black leopard – Picture: Barry Bland/Barcroft Media MEANING a leopard, especially a black one ORIGIN Via Latin panthera and Anglo-Norman and Old French forms derived from Latin such as panthere and pantere (Modern French panthère), the English noun panther is from ancient Greek […]