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  • The primary definition is not a state of despondency. The primary definition is a proper name of a fictional swamp or bog in Paul Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress."

    The secondary definition of slough of despond as a state of despondency or being mired or stuck in a sense of hopelessness is derived from the literary reference.

    August 6, 2018

  • Adj. Something that causes horripilation, the raising of hairs,hairs standing on end due to cold or fear.

    Synonyms: Hair-raising. Goose-flesh inducing.

    May 3, 2017

  • Duchamp supposedly coined the word (french: <i>inframince</i>) as a "notion" that could not be defined, but could be captured by usage examples, viz.

    * the warmth of a seat (which has just/been left) is infrathin
    * when the tobacco smoke smells also of the/mouth which exhales it, the two odors/marry by infrathin
    * 2 forms cast in/the same mold (?) differ from each other by an infrathin amount.

    The last one is actually, to my mind, the best example.

    I think Duchamp was being a bit haughty when saying it could not be defined. I think it certainly can be. My proposal would be to define something like this: 

    noun 1. "the sensation of difference where the difference is too small for our senses to actually have noticed it"

    noun 2. " the sensation of two things sharing a similarity, but this physical similarity can not be attributed to any particular sense-able attribute"

    noun 3. An ineffable physical similarity or differance. This similarity or differance can also be time-based.

    January 29, 2015

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