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mysticgypsy commented on the word jiffle
To fidget or move around.
November 8, 2008
mysticgypsy commented on the word oultrepreu
An obsolete word for very brave. It comes from the French meaning beyond brave.
mysticgypsy commented on the word cataglottism
Kissing using the tongue, French kissing.
This term, albeit potentially useful, is so rare that I cannot find a modern example outside lists of weird words. Its Greek prefix — meaning “down�?, but often with an implication of disparagement or abuse or of something inferior or unpleasant — turns up also in cataclysm, catastrophe, catafalque, and catarrh — a dispiriting set of bed-fellows for this mildly erotic term. Its second part is from Greek glottis, a variant of glossa, tongue. As that word could also mean “throat�? (and has been borrowed to provide the English medical term for the vocal cords and the space between them), you might translate the stem of cataglottism as deep throat. But let’s not go there ...
October 15, 2008
mysticgypsy commented on the word periwinkle
Names : Greater Periwinkle
Habitat : Indigenous to Southern Europe
Collection : This herb is collected in the spring.
Part Used : Aerial parts.
Constituents : Indole alkaloids, tannins
Actions : Astringent
Indications : Periwinkle is an excellent all-round astringent that maybe used internally or externally. Its main use is in the treatment of excessive menstrual flow, either during the period itself (menorrhagia) or with blood loss between periods (metrorrhagia). As with other remedies that effect the uterus, it can be used to address similar processes in the urinary system. Thus it can be used for cases hematuria. It can be used in digestive problems such as colitis or diarrhoea where it will act to reduce the loss of fluid or blood whilst toning the membranes. It may also be used in cases of nose bleed, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers or sore throats. It has a questionable reputation for aiding in the treatment of diabetes.
Combinations : It will combine well with Cranesbill and Agrimony. For menstrual problems it may be used with Beth Root.
Preparations & Dosage : Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l teaspoonful of the dried herb and let infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take l-2 ml of the tincture three times a day."
mysticgypsy commented on the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Roots of the word have been defined3 as follows: super- "above", cali- "beauty", fragilistic- "delicate", expiali- "to atone", and docious- "educable", with the sum of these parts signifying roughly "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty." This explication of its connotations suits the nature of Mary Poppins, who presents herself as both extremely beautiful and also supremely intelligent and capable of great achievements.
mysticgypsy commented on the word illuminata
n. One who radiates light.
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