• A large work is difficult because it is large.

    —  Samuel Johnson, “Preface” for the Dictionary of the English Language, c. 1755 (via annblair)

  • The ocean ends, like life and vision, at a horizon that is the fault of the curvature of eye and earth, with no proof of true end at all.

    —  Dan Beachy-Quick, A Whaler’s Dictionary, 2008 (via mythofblue)

  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560

  • Definitions of the Month (July 2012)

    July 2012 saw Research for MSME and my Flaying Series as well as Re-reading Shakespeare's Hamlet

    1. Heimat (n): A German word without direct English translation, indicating the relationship of a human being towards a certain spatial social unit, contrasting social alienation and usually carries positive connotations, and is often expressed with terms such as home or homeland.
    2. Quintessence (n): The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class; The aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character.
    3. Invidious (adj):  Likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in other;  Unfairly discriminating; unjust.
    4. Immolate (v): Kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning
    5. Coquette (n): A woman who flirts; someone exhibiting flirtatious behavior
    6. Jocund (n): Cheerful and lighthearted.
    7. Lassitude (n): A state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy.
    8. Somnolence (n): A state of extreme fatigue caused by lack of sleep; sleepiness
    9. Decorticate (v; adj): Remove the bark, rind, or husk from; Of or relating to an animal that has had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
    10. Developable (adj):To bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state; to cause to grow or expand; to elaborate or expand in detail; to bring into being or activity; to transfer the details of (a more or less two-dimensional design, pattern, or the like) from one surface, especially one that is prismatic or cylindrical, onto another, usually planar, in such a way that the distances between points remain the same.


  • James Stevens Curl, “Capital" from A Dictionary of Architecture (via archiveofaffinities)