Total loss of vision, especially when occurring without pathological changes to the eye.
- muss es sein
German: Must it be?
From the Wikipedia: Eidetic or photographic memory is popularly defined as the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory with extreme accuracy and in abundant volume. The word eidetic (pronounced /aɪˈdɛtɨk/) means related to extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images, and comes from the Greek word εἶδος (eidos), which means "form".
1. Serving to obscure or darken.2. Gloomy; dark
Yum. Potential new favorite word.
(sometimes not capital) very dark; gloomyn
(Myth & Legend / Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of a people who lived in a land of darkness at the edge of the world
Oops, Sorry, tenebrific. You just got ousted by Cimmerian. And Mr. Danielewski? You can capitalize these words, so we get a wee clue that they reference mythology. Meh. I thought I'd read everything in Greek Mythology, which now as I type it is really a ridiculous thing to have thought, as I've never read the Illiad or the Oddessey. I withdraw the former assumption of mythological expertise.
1. Made of or resembling adamant.2. Having the hardness or luster of a diamond.3. Unyielding; inflexible: "If there is one dominant trait that emerges from this account, it is adamantine willpower" (Eugene Linden)
So, this is what I'd assumed, although my association was with adamantium, via the X-Men, so I assumed I was wrong. Wasn't wrong, just had the wrong mythology. (Piss off- X-Men IS SO mythology.) Furthermore,
1. unshakable in purpose, determination, or opinion; unyielding2. a less common word for adamantine 
1. any extremely hard or apparently unbreakable substance2. (Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) a legendary stone said to be impenetrable, often identified with the diamond or loadstone
[Old English: from Latin adamant-, stem of adamas, from Greek; literal meaning perhaps: unconquerable, from a-1 + daman to tame, conquer]
I didn't know the etymology of adamant. Now we all do! Rejoice with me.
*Had a wisdom tooth pulled. Am forcing myself not to write a shameful pun about that being the reason for the verbal ignorance. You're welcome.
Monday, June 7, 2010
A Monday Morning Vocabulary & Mythology Lesson. And Wolverine.
More from the House of Leaves notes. The first list is here. We are still ignoring 'differAnce' because it turns out Vicodin* is not Genius Juice like you would have thought, watching the first few (good) seasons of House. Ooh.. House reference, House of Leaves post. Fabulous.