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Yesterday was new words day. It appears that Mr. Emerson is going to keep me on my toes with new vocabulary words. Here are the ones that tripped me up:
- Endogenous. Adjective. Having an internal cause or origin. In biology, growing or originating from within an organism. In psychiatry, not attributable to any external or environmental factor. Also, confined within a group or society. Emerson's sentence: "Man is endogenous, and education is his unfolding."
- Collyrium. Noun. A medicated eyewash. Also, a kind of dark eye shadow, used especially in Eastern countries. Emerson's sentence: "Great men are thus a collyrium to clear our eyes from egotism, and enable us to see other people and their works." Hmm, great men are like a medicated eyewash. Such an elegant and inspiring use of metaphor!
- Agglutinations. Noun. A derivative of agglutinate, verb. Firmly stick or be stuck together too form a mass. Used in biology in terms of bacteria or red blood cells, to clump together. In linguistics, combine simple words or parts of words without change of form to express compound ideas. Emerson's sentence: "Nature abhors these complaisances, which threaten to melt the world into a lump, and hastens to break up such maudlin agglutinations."
- Superfetation. Noun. Used in medicine and zoology, the occurrence of a second conception during pregnancy, giving rise to embryos of different ages in the uterus. Used figuratively to mean the accretion of one thing on another. Emerson's sentence: "The thoughtful youth laments the superfetation of nature."