A: “Are you going to walk through that?”
B: “What is a lake to a giant.”
A: “I’m… Pretty sure it’s still a lake.”
B: “Wouldn’t the definition change?”
A: “I’m betting ‘lake’ isn’t defined as ‘water that’s bigger than you.’”

A COLLECTION OF VARIOUS TUMBLR USERS’ FAVOURITE WORDS

absolution; act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release fromconsequences, obligations, or penalties.

acquiesce; accept something reluctantly but without protest.

asterismos; a rhetorical term for an introductory word or phrase that has the primary function of calling attention to what follows.

astronomy; the scientific study of matter and phenomena in the universe, especially in outer space, including the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial objects.

ataraxia; a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.

aura; a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; atmosphere.

boisterous; noisy, energetic, and cheerful.

bling; a slang term popularized in hip hop culture, referring to flashy, ostentatious, or elaborate jewellery and ornamented accessories

brontide; a low muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors.

burgundy; a deep red colour like that of burgundy wine.

cacophony; a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.

camaraderie; mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.

capricious; guided by whim rather than reason.

cosmic; relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the earth.

decadence; moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury.

defenestration; the action of throwing someone out of a window, or, the action or process of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority.

effervescent; vivacious and enthusiastic.

eloquence; fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.

ephemeral; lasting for a very short time.

epinephrine; another term for adrenaline.

epistemology; the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

ethereal; extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.

eunoia; comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.”

fantastical; based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal.

furtive; attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.

gossamer; a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.

halcyon; denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

ineffable; too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

intoxication; the state of being intoxicated, especially by alcohol.

lactescere; (Latin) to turn to milk.

leonine; of or resembling a lion or lions.

loquacious; tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

machiavellian; cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.

mischievous; causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.

momentum; the impetus gained by a moving object.

myriad; a countless or extremely great number of people or things.

nebulae; a cloud of gas and dust in outer space, visible in the night sky either as an indistinct bright patch or as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.

nefarious; (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.

nonchalant; feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.

opalescence; the quality of being opallike, or milkily iridescent. 

obligatory; required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.

orphic; of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism.

parenthetical; relating to or inserted as a parenthesis (explains or qualifies something).

partial; existing only in part; incomplete.

pastiche; an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.

petrichor; a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

phosphenes; a sensation of a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light.

plethora; a large or excessive amount of something.

pleasure; a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.

pretentious; attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.

prosaic; having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality, commonplace; unromantic.

resilience; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

ricochet; a bullet or other projectile rebound off a surface.

sempiternal; eternal and unchanging; everlasting.

serendipitous; occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

sphere; a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.

soliloquy; an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

sonorous; (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.

tenebrific; causing gloom or darkness.

twilight; the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.

vespertide; the period of vespers; evening.

vicissitude; a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

waltz; a ballroom dance in triple time performed by a couple or to act casually, confidently, or inconsiderately.

I think the thing about missing someone is that it’s not constant.
 
You can go without thinking about them for days, weeks, months, years. Then all it takes is a familiar smell, or picking up one of their shirts from a clean basket of laundry, or reading just the right sentence in a book you only recently started. Missing someone can hit you so suddenly that you’re left reeling and disoriented, as if you’ve been abandoned, except when you look around, you’re in a place you’ve been many times before. It can hurt, right in the center of your stomach like you’ve swallowed your weight in regret. Or it can be as small as a buzz right by your ear that you take only a second to acknowledge before you swat it away.
 
What I know is that missing someone is humbling; it causes you to admit that you are not a solitary force in this world. When I say, “I miss you,” I’m saying that I’ve discovered a moment in my life where your absence was evident. I’m admitting that I can’t do certain things without thinking about you, and who you are, and the memories we have. And while I’m made to believe I should apologize for that…I won’t. I miss you. It’s that simple.
—  “miss -vb 6.(tr) to discover or regret the loss or absence of.” // dionne sims
zodiac signs as lovely words

aries: duende (n: a quality of passion and inspiration; the mysterious power of art to deeply move a person)

taurus: vagary (n: an unexpected and inexplicable instance or change; a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea/desire/action)

gemini: augenblick (a decisive moment in time that is fleeting, yet momentously eventful and incredibly significant… ‘in the blink of an eye’)

cancer: tacenda (n: things better left unsaid; matters to be passed over in silence)

leo: cosmogyral (adj: whirling around the universe)

virgo: tsundoku (the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together)

libra: aspectabund (adj: letting or being able to let expressive emotion show easily through one’s face and eyes)

scorpio: nyctophilia (n: a preference or love for darkness or night; finding relaxation and comfort in darkness)

sagittarius: shemesh khola (n: the weather when the sun is out, but the atmosphere is cold.. ‘sick sun’)

capricorn: philocalist (n: a lover of beauty; someone who finds and appreciates beauty in all things)

aquarius: meraki (v: to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work)

pisces: nakama (n: a good friend/someone that you love in a non-romantic way, who is like your family)

akiraofthefour  asked:

Does the phenomenon that makes people "read" animal emotions as people emotions (like a dog making a tense or scared expression being misinterpreted as equaling a human smile) have a specific name? Or is it just a side effect of the fact that humans in general are empathetic creatures that naturally empathize in a human way (or something like that)? Thank you very much for your help!

It’s called anthropomorphism. The tendency for humans to want to empathize with non-human animals is called biophilia, and it becomes anthropomorphic when people attribute human characteristics to non-humans. 

For those who wonder the differences in the Sun/Moon sign and Ascendant:

The Ascendant (or rising) sign will be the personality the person portrays out in public.  If you ever had a casual friend, someone you meet about every now and have small chit hit with; odds are you know their Ascendant.

The Sun sign is someone’s ego, life force and inner drive.  This is the side of the person you will know on a more personal level.  if you ever do a task with someone you are more likely going to see their Sun sign portray more.  If your someone’s friend and are around them consistently; odds are you see them more on the egotistical level.  This is their Sun sign portraying.

The Moon sign is a person’s emotional reactionary side to the world and inner private world.  It is a person’s hidden vulnerable side that tends to needs and habits for happiness and security.  If you are close enough to someone romantically, are a best friend or lifelong business associate then you will see this side of the person come across.  It’s the deepest layer in getting to know someone.

Odds are if you ever met someone and like their Ascendant but don’t like how they act elsewise; It is probably because their Sun and Moon sign are different elements then the Ascendant expresses.  If Someone act’s the same when you first meet them as you get to know them, it’s because their sun or moon share a elemental agreement with the ascendant.  The Sun or Moon can also be making an aspect to the planet that rules the ascendant as well.

An interesting thing to note is Pet astrology.  If you have a pet often you know their Sun sign well.  If you take them out in public or when company comes over they may become a very different acting pet.  This is quite simply because their Ascendant sign is showing through more to strangers.

For people who like throwing around the “F” word...

Here’s a definition you can use.  It’s from Paxton’s “Anatomy of Fascism” and is a pretty good definition for the word fascism, which the whole book is attempting to nail down.

Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion. 

Make of this what you will.

Beautiful Words

Not enough people give credit to language. I am going to write here a hundered words that I find beautiful or funny or interesting. Pick one. Use one. Language is so important.

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So I just wanna help y'all understand something about southern stereotypes:

  • Southern gentlemen are kind, courteous, and protective of women and children. They are often Christian and proud of their southern heritage. Men referred to as southern gentlemen often have more refined etiquette.
  • Rednecks are basically southern gentlemen without the refined etiquette. They take pride in industry, which is why their yards are often reminiscent of salvage yards-they plan on using most of the things there and are just waiting for the time to complete their projects. They do like to hunt, but they are respectful in doing so. They are hardworking people.
  • White trash have none of the characteristics of southern gentlemen. They are arrogant, belligerent, and like to cheat the system. Their yards look like junkyards-they have no intention of doing anything with any of that stuff, they just couldn’t be bothered to get rid of it. They hunt out of season, teach their kids racism and abusive tendencies, and do their best to avoid work. These are the people who you see collecting welfare checks and never working.
  • Hillbillies are just rural folks from the hills or mountains who don’t interact much with society. They may have any mixture of good or bad traits.
  • Hicks are rural folks who are regarded as unintelligent.
  • Country boys/girls are raised in the South, usually outside cities, and while they vary in their manners, beliefs, and such, they are generally accustomed to hard labor.

So basically most southern stereotypes have been morphed and merged in the eyes of people from elsewhere.

When it comes to country girls y'all have taken the idea of a young woman who has been raised on a farm, works hard, and is proud of her efforts and roots and tried your best to replace it with the image of a city girl who wishes that she were living in the country because she thinks that marrying a country boy sounds romantic.

Also, although most of y'all think that everyone in the South is horribly racist, know this: those of us who are truly proud of southern culture are proud of everything from the Mexican and African to the French and German cultures that have come together to create our culture.

And it’s frankly offensive that y'all merge the ideas of rednecks and white trash when you think of the South, because while rednecks are pretty uncommon as you go North, white trash are in no short supply anywhere around the world.