black (adj.)

Old English blæc “absolutely dark, absorbing all light, the color of soot or coal,” from Proto-Germanic *blakaz “burned” (source also of Old Norse blakkr “dark,” Old High German blah “black,” Swedish bläck “ink,” Dutch blaken “to burn”), from PIE *bhleg- “to burn, gleam, shine, flash” (source also of Greek phlegein “to burn, scorch,” Latin flagrare “to blaze, glow, burn”), from root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, burn.”

The same root produced Old English blac “bright, shining, glittering, pale;” the connecting notions being, perhaps, “fire” (bright) and “burned” (dark), or perhaps “absence of color.” “There is nothing more variable than the signification of words designating colour” [Hensleigh Wedgwood, “A Dictionary of English Etymology,” 1859].

The usual Old English word for “black” was sweart (see swart). According to OED: “In ME. it is often doubtful whether blacblakblake, means ‘black, dark,’ or ‘pale, colourless, wan, livid.’ ” Used of dark-skinned people in Old English.

Of coffee with nothing added, attested by 1796. Black drop (1823) was a liquid preparation of opium, used medicinally. Black-fly (c. 1600) was used of various insects, especially an annoying pest of the northern American woods. Black Prince as a nickname of the eldest son of Edward III is attested by 1560s; the exact signification is uncertain.

Meaning “fierce, terrible, wicked” is from late 14c. Figurative senses often come from the notion of “without light,” moral or spiritual. Latin niger had many of the same figurative senses (“gloomy; unlucky; bad, wicked, malicious”). The metaphoric use of the Greek word, melas, however, tended to reflect the notion of “shrouded in darkness, overcast.” In English it has been the color of sin and sorrow at least since c. 1300; the sense of “with dark purposes, malignant” emerged 1580s (in black art “necromancy;” it is also the sense in black magic). Black flag, flown (especially by pirates) as a signal of “no mercy,” is from 1590s. Black dog “melancholy” attested from 1826.

Black belt is from 1870 in reference to district extending across the U.S. South with heaviest African population (also sometimes in reference to the fertility of the soil); it is attested from 1913 in the judo sense, worn by one who has attained a certain high degree of proficiency. Black power is from 1966, associated with Stokely Carmichael. Black English “English as spoken by African-Americans,” is by 1969. The Black Panther (1965) movement was an outgrowth of Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee. Black studies is attested from 1968.

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Origin and meaning of black

The sclera,[help 1] also known as the white of the eye or, in older literature, as the tunica albuginea oculi, is the opaque, fibrous, protective, outer layer of the human eye containing mainly collagen and some crucial elastic fiber.[2] In humans, and many other animals, the whole sclera is white, contrasting with the coloured iris, but in some other mammals the visible part of the sclera matches the colour of the iris, so the white part does not normally show. In the development of the embryo, the sclera is derived from the neural crest.[3] In children, it is thinner and shows some of the underlying pigment, appearing slightly blue. In the elderly, fatty deposits on the sclera can make it appear slightly yellow. People with dark skin can have naturally darkened sclerae, the result of melanin pigmentation.[4]

The human eye is relatively rare for having a pale sclera (relative to the iris). This makes it easier for one individual to identify where another individual is looking, and the cooperative eye hypothesis suggests this has evolved as a method of nonverbal communication.

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The sclera, as demarcated from the cornea by the corneal limbus.

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black (v.)

c. 1200, intrans., “to become black;” early 14c., trans., “to make black, darken, put a black color on;” from black (adj.). Especially “to clean and polish (boots, shoes, etc.) by blacking and brushing them” (1550s). Related: Blackedblacking.

black (n.)

Old English blæc “the color black,” also “ink,” from noun use of black (adj.). From late 14c. as “dark spot in the pupil of the eye.” The meaning “dark-skinned person, African” is from 1620s (perhaps late 13c., and blackamoor is from 1540s). Meaning “black clothing” (especially when worn in mourning) is from c. 1400.

To be in black-and-white, meaning in writing or in print, is from 1650s (white-and-black is from 1590s); the notion is of black characters on white paper. In the visual arts, “with no colors but black and white,” it is by 1870 of sketches, 1883 of photographs. To be in the black (1922) is from the accounting practice of recording credits and balances in black ink.

For years it has been a common practice to use red ink instead of black in showing a loss or deficit on corporate books, but not until the heavy losses of 1921 did the contrast in colors come to have a widely understood meaning. [Saturday Evening Post, July 22, 1922]

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*bhel- (1)

Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to shine, flash, burn,” also “shining white” and forming words for bright colors.

It forms all or part of: belugaBeltaneblackblancmangeblanchblankblanketblaze (n.1) “bright flame, fire;” bleachbleakblemishblenchblendeblendblindblindfoldblitzkriegblondblue (adj.1); blushconflagrationdeflagrationeffulgenceeffulgentflagrantflambeflambeauflamboyantflameflamingoflammableFlavianFlaviusfulgentfulminateinflameinflammablephlegmphlegmaticphlogistonphloxpurblindrefulgentriboflavin.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskrit bhrajate “shines;” Greek phlegein “to burn;” Latin flamma “flame,” fulmen “lightning,” fulgere “to shine, flash,” flagrare “to burn, blaze, glow;” Old Church Slavonic belu “white;” Lithuanian balnas “pale.”

*bhel- (2)

Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to blow, swell,” “with derivatives referring to various round objects and to the notion of tumescent masculinity” [Watkins].

It forms all or part of: bale (n.) “large bundle or package of merchandise prepared for transportation;” baleenball (n.1) “round object, compact spherical body;” balloonballotbawdboldbolebollbollocksbollixboulderboulevardbowl (n.) “round pot or cup;” bulkbull (n.1) “bovine male animal;” bullockbulwarkfolliclefollyfoolfoosballfull (v.) “to tread or beat cloth to cleanse or thicken it;” ithyphallicpall-mallphallus.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Greek phyllon “leaf,” phallos “swollen penis;” Latin flos “flower,” florere “to blossom, flourish,” folium “leaf;” Old Prussian balsinis “cushion;” Old Norse belgr “bag, bellows;” Old English bolla “pot, cup, bowl;” Old Irish bolgaim “I swell,” blath “blossom, flower,” bolach “pimple,” bolg “bag;” Breton bolc’h “flax pod;” Serbian buljiti “to stare, be bug-eyed;” Serbo-Croatian blazina “pillow.”

An extended form of the root, *bhelgh- “to swell,” forms all or part of: bellowsbellybilge;


An extended form of the root, *bhleu- “to swell, well up, overflow,” forms all or part of: affluentbloatconfluenceeffluenteffluviumeffluxfluctuatefluentfluidflumefluorfluorescencefluoridefluoro-flush (v.1) “spurt, rush out suddenly, flow with force;” fluvialfluxinfluenceinfluenzainfluxmellifluousphloemrefluxsuperfluous.

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Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to thrive, bloom,” possibly a variant of PIE root *bhel- (2) “to blow, swell.”

It forms all or part of: bladebleedblessbloodblow (v.2) “to bloom, blossom;” bloom (n.1) “blossom of a plant;” bloom (n.2) “rough mass of wrought iron;” blossomcauliflowerchervilcinquefoildeflowerdefoliationeffloresceexfoliatefeuilletonflorafloralfloretfloridflorinfloristflourflourishflowerfoil (n.) “very thin sheet of metal;” foliagefoliofoliumgillyflowerPhyllisphyllo-portfoliotrefoil.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Greek phyllon “leaf;” Latin flos “flower,” foliofolium “leaf;” Middle Irish blath, Welsh blawd “blossom, flower;” Gaelic bile “leaflet, blossom;” Old English blowan “to flower, bloom.”

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cooper (n.)

“craftsman who makes barrels, tubs, and other vessels from wooden staves and metal hoops,” late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), either from Old English (but the word is unattested) or from a Low German source akin to Middle Dutch cuper, East Frisian kuper, from Low German kupe (German Kufe) “cask, tub, vat,” which is from or cognate with Medieval Latin cupa (see coop (n.)).

dry cooper makes casks, etc., to hold dry goods, a wet cooper those to contain liquids, a white cooper pails, tubs, and the like for domestic or dairy use. [OED]

As a verb, “to make barrels, casks, etc.,” 1746. The surname Cowper (pronounced “cooper”) preserves a 15c. spelling.

blacksmith (n.)

late 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), “smith who works in iron,” from black + smith (n.). Listed in royal ordinance (along with bladesmithsspurriers, and goldbeaters); blacksmiths worked in heated, heavy metals as opposed to those who beat gold, tin, or pewter (the material of a whitesmith).

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eighth avatar of Vishnu, 1793, from Sanskrit krshnah, literally “the Black One,” from PIE *kers-no-, suffixed form of root *kers- “dark, dirty” (source also of Old Church Slavonic crunu, Russian coron, Serbo-Croatian crn, Czech cerny, Old Prussian kirsnan “black,” Lithuanian keršas “black and white, variegated”).

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Western sandpipers are small shorebirds that tend to breed in the tundra regions of Alaska and eastern Siberia. However, they don’t hang out in those northern climes year-round: These birds are long-distance migrants and can be found inhabiting beaches and shorelines much farther south come winter. Their migratory destinations extend to the coasts of both North and South America. And some get away to the Caribbean (yes, we’re jealous). Since they are surface feeders, they feast on insects, mollusks, and small crustaceans. As our image shows, while some western sandpipers are looking for lunch on Bottle Beach in Washington state, others are getting in a quick afternoon nap.
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Twin Peaks was a small logging town in northeastern Washington State, five miles south of the Canadian border and twelve miles west of the state line with Idaho. Its population was stated to be 51,201 (erroneously) on the welcome sign, before the 1990 census established that the real population was 5,120.1. Twin Peaks drew its name from the two mountains between which it lay, White Tail and Blue Pine Mountain.

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The twinpeaksign (also known as the lambda (λ) sign) is a triangular appearance of the chorion insinuating between the layers of the intertwin membrane and strongly suggests a dichorionic twin pregnancy. It is best seen in the first trimester (between 10-14 weeks) 5.

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Buffalo Tom

“Taillights Fade”

Sister can you hear me now
The ringing in your ears
I’m down on the ground
My luck’s been dry for years

I’m lost in the dark
And I feel like a dinosaur
Broken face and broken hands
I’m a broken man

I’ve hit the wall
I’m about to fall
But I’m closing in on it
I feel so weak
On a losing streak
Watch my taillights fade to black

I read a thing about this girl
She was a hermit in her world
Her story was much like mine
She could be my valentine

And although we’ve never met
I won’t forget her yet
She cut herself off from her past
Now she’s alone at last

I feel so sick
Lost love’s last licks
But I’m closing down on it
I feel so weak
On a losing streak
Watch my taillights fade to black

Lost my life in cheap wine
Now it’s quiet time
Cappy D-ck nor Jesus Christ
Could not help my fate

But I’m underneath a gun
I’m singing about my past
Had myself a wonderful thing
But I could not make it last

I’ve hit the wall
I’m about to fall
But I’m closing in on it
I feel so small
Underneath it all

Watch my taillights fade to black
Watch my taillights fade…
Watch my taillights fade…
Watch my taillights fade…

Songwriters: Bill Janovitz, Tom Maginnis, Chris Colbourn, Buffalo Tom
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I was a straight fastball thrower, never really quite worthy of the title ‘pitcher.’

I never learned to pitch a curve ball, nor a good changeup, to my detriment, not to mention my poor

Right elbow’s.

But once or twice, in key situations at the dish, I was able somehow to hit a curve, coming through for my team.

Time slowed down, by the grace of God and I could see the

Curve ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand, could see he was gripping the ball

In that characteristic curve ball way, two fingers together along the seam, as opposed to a fastball grip with the fingers spread apart. Then, I was able to make contact and poke the slow, curving ball

Right through a hole, past an infielder’s diving reach, getting the job

Done, coming through in the clutch. By the grace of God alone. I can’t take credit for it.

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An Innocent Man

Billy Joel

Some people stay far away from the door
If there’s a chance of it opening up
They hear a voice in the hall outside
And hope that it just passes by

Some people live with the fear of a touch
And the anger of having been a fool
They will not listen to anyone
So nobody tells them a lie

I know you’re only protecting yourself
I know you’re thinking of somebody else
Someone who hurt you
But I’m not above
Making up for the love
You’ve been denying you could ever feel
I’m not above doing anything
To restore your faith if I can

Some people see through the eyes of the old
Before they ever get a look at the young
I’m only willing to hear you cry
Because I am an innocent man

I am an innocent man
Oh yes I am

Some people say they will never believe
Another promise they hear in the dark
Because they only remember too well
They heard somebody tell them before

Some people sleep all alone every night
Instead of taking a lover to bed
Some people find that it’s easier to hate
Than to wait anymore

I know you don’t want to hear what I say
I know you’re gonna keep turning away
But I’ve been there and if I can survive
I can keep you alive
I’m not above going through it again
I’m not above being cool for a while
If you’re cruel to me I’ll understand

Some people run from a possible fight
Some people figure they can never win
And although this is a fight I can lose
The accused is an innocent man

I am an innocent man
Oh yes I am
An innocent man

You know you only hurt yourself out of spite
I guess you’d rather be a martyr tonight?

That’s your decision
But I’m not below
Anybody I know
If there’s a chance of resurrecting a love
I’m not above going back to the start
To find out where the heartache began

Some people hope for a miracle cure
Some people just accept the world as it is
But I’m not willing to lay down and die
Because I am an innocent man

I am an innocent man
Oh yes I am
An innocent man

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chroma (n.)

in reference to color, “intensity of distinctive hue, degree of departure of a color-sensation from that of white or gray,” 1889, from Latinized form of Greek khrōma “surface of the body, skin, color of the skin,” also used generically for “color” and, in plural, “ornaments, make-up, embellishments,” a verbal noun from khroizein “to color, stain, to touch the surface of the body,” khrosthenai “to take on a color or hue,” from khros, khroia “surface of the body, skin.”

Beekes considers this noun to be of uncertain origin. It sometimes is explained as being somehow from PIE *ghreu- “to rub, grind” (see grit (n.)).

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recuperate (v.)

1540s, from Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare “to get again,” in Medieval Latin “revive, convalesce, recover” (see recuperation). Meaning “to recover from sickness or loss” is from 1864. Related: Recuperatedrecuperating.

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“The Bits and Bytes of the Great Reset: COVID-19 and the Scaling Up of Data Capitalism”

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15 hrs  · Special Report . . . “Efforts are now underway to “translate” the real world into a digital counterfeit that can provide financial markets with the figures and statistics it needs to execute the contracts of the incipient human capital markets – an insidious new form of capital assembled from our genetic code and other kinds of data that will form the basis of a financialized wonderland, enforced by blockchain technology and constantly monitored and updated through the burgeoning biosecurity state.”by Raul Diego#thegreatreset#data#capitalism#bitsandbytes

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El Salvador (/ɛl ˈsælvədɔːr/ (listen); Spanish: [el salβaˈðoɾ] (listen)), officially the Republic of El Salvador (SpanishRepública de El Salvador, literally “Republic of The Saviour”), is a country in Central America. It is bordered on the northeast by Honduras, on the northwest by Guatemala, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. El Salvador’s capital and largest city is San Salvador. As of 2018, the country had a population of approximately 6.42 million, making it the smallest and second-least populated country in Central America.[4][5]

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white (adj.)

Old English hwit “bright, radiant; clear, fair,” also as a noun (see separate entry), from Proto-Germanic *hweit- (source also of Old Saxon and Old Frisian hwit, Old Norse hvitr, Dutch wit, Old High German hwiz, German weiß, Gothic hveits), from PIE *kweid-o-, suffixed form of root *kweit- “white; to shine” (source also of Sanskrit svetah “white;” Old Church Slavonic sviteti “to shine,” svetu “light;” Lithuanian šviesti “to shine,” švaityti “to brighten”).

As a surname, originally with reference to fair hair or complexion, it is one of the oldest in English, being well-established before the Conquest. Meaning “morally pure” was in Old English. Association with royalist causes is late 18c. Slang sense of “honorable, fair” is 1877, American English; in Middle English it meant “gracious, friendly, favorable.” The racial sense “of those races (chiefly European or of European extraction) characterized by light complexion” is recorded from c. 1600; meaning “characteristic of or pertaining to white people” is from 1852, American English. White supremacy attested from 1868, American English [John H. Van Evrie, M.D., “White Supremacy and Negro Subordination,” New York, 1868]; white flight is from 1966, American English.

White way “brightly illuminated street in a big city” is from 1908. White flag of truce or surrender is from c. 1600. White lie is attested from 1741. White Christmas is attested from 1847. White House as the name of the U.S. presidential residence is recorded from 1811. White water “river rapids” is recorded from 1580s. White Russian “language of Byelorussia” is recorded from 1850; the mixed drink is from c. 1978. Astronomical white dwarf is from 1924. White witch, one who used the power for good, is from 1620s.

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white (n.)

Old English hwit “whiteness, white food, white of an egg,” from white (adj.). Also in late Old English “a highly luminous color devoid of chroma.” Meaning “white part of the eyeball” is from c. 1400. Meaning “white man, person of a race distinguished by light complexion” is from 1670s; white man in this sense is from 1690s. White man’s burden is from Kipling’s 1899 poem:

Take up the White Man’s burden—

The savage wars of peace—

Fill full the mouth of Famine

And bid the sickness cease;

And when your goal is nearest

The end for others sought,

Watch sloth and heathen Folly

Bring all your hopes to nought.

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lynch (v.)

1835, “inflict severe (but not deliberately fatal) bodily punishment (on someone) without legal sanction,” from earlier Lynch law (1811), in reference to such activity, which was likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who c. 1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his district c. 1782, but the connection to him is less likely. The surname is perhaps from Irish Loingseach “sailor.”

It implies lawless concert or action among a number of members of the community, to supply the want of criminal justice or to anticipate its delays, or to inflict a penalty demanded by public opinion, though in defiance of the laws. [Century Dictionary, 1895]

Originally any sort of summary justice, done without authority of law, for a crime or public offense; it especially referred to flogging or tarring-and-feathering. At first the act was associated with frontier regions (as in the above citation), though from c. 1835 to the U.S. Civil War it also often was directed against abolitionists. The narrowing of the meaning to “extra-legal execution by hanging” is evident by the 1880s, and after c. 1893 lynching mostly meant killings of blacks by white mobs (especially in retaliation for alleged sexual assaults of white women). This shift in use seems due in part to the work of African-American journalist and activist Ida B. Wells. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. Compare earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, “where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction” [Weekley], hence:

Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards. [Thomas Blount, “Glossographia,” 1656]

Also in a similar sense was Jedburgh justice (1706) and, as a verb, to Dewitt (1680s), a reference to two Dutch statesmen of that name, opponents of William of Orange, murdered by a mob in 1672. Related: Lynchedlynching. The city of Lynchburg, Virginia, dates to the 1750s when John Lynch, brother to Charles but a peaceable Quaker, had a ferry landing on the James River there.

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Earlier today, sitting by the fireplace at Publick House, with a piping hot cup of black decaf coffee, I read the above story, ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band,’ in an old book of Sherlock Holmes adventures, published 1892. I turned to this story ‘at random.’

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Daniel Boone was an American pioneer and frontiersman whose exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone became famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies. Despite resistance from American Indians, for whom Kentucky was a traditional hunting ground, in 1775 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. There he founded Boonesborough, one of the first English-speaking settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains. By the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 people entered Kentucky by following the route marked by Boone.

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masc. proper name, attested by 1218, probably via Anglo-French JakeJaikes, from Old French Jacques (which was a diminutive of Latin Jacobus; see Jacob), but in English the name always has been regarded as a familiar form of John, and some have argued that it is a native formation. In Middle English spelled JakkeJacke, etc., and pronounced as two syllables (“Jackie”).

In England, Jack became a generic name applied familiarly or contemptuously to anybody (especially a young man of the lower classes) from late 14c. Later used especially of sailors (1650s; Jack-tar is from 1781); Jack-ashore (adj.) “drinking and in high spirits, recklessly spending” (1875) also is an image from sailors (1840 as a book title). In U.S., as a generic name addressed to an unknown stranger, attested from 1889. Every man Jack “everyone” is from 1812. Also see jack (n.).

Used in male personifications from 15c.; first record of jack-of-all-trades “person handy at any kind of work or business” is from 1610s; Jack Frost is from 1826; Jack-nasty “a sneak or sloven” is from 1833 (Jack-nasty-face, a sea-term for a common sailor, is from 1788). Jack Sprat for a small, light man is from 1560s (his opposite was Jack Weight). Jack-pudding “comical clown, buffoon” is from 1640s. Jack-Spaniard is from 1703 as a Spaniard, 1833 as “a hornet” in the West Indies. Other personifications listed in Farmer & Henley include jack-snip “a botching tailor,” Jack-in-office “overbearing petty official” (1680s), Jack-on-both-sides “a neutral,” Jack-out-of-doors “a vagrant” (1630s), jack-sauce “impudent fellow” (1590s).

The U.S. plant jack-in-the-pulpit (Indian turnip) is attested by 1833. Jack the Ripper was active in London 1888. The Scottish form is Jock (compare jockey (n.)). Alliterative coupling of Jack and Jill is from 15c. (Iakke and GylleIenken and Iulyan). Jack Ketch for “hangman, executioner” (1670s) is said to be from the name of a public executioner in the time of James II (compare Derrick); it also was used as a verb meaning “to hang.”

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masc. proper name, Middle English JonJan (mid-12c.), from Old French JanJeanJehan (Modern French Jean), from Medieval Latin Johannes, an alteration of Late Latin Joannes, from Greek Ioannes, from Hebrew Yohanan (longer form y’hohanan), said to mean literally “Jehovah has favored” or “Jah is gracious,” from hanan “he was gracious.”

Greek conformed the Hebrew ending to its own customs. The -h- in English was inserted in imitation of the Medieval Latin form. Old English had the Biblical name as Iohannes. As the name of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, it was one of the most frequent Christian given names, and in England by early 14c. it rivaled William in popularity and was used generically (in Middle English especially of priests) and as an appellative (as in John BarleycornJohn BullJohn Q. Public). Somehow it also became the characteristic name of a Chinaman (1818).

The Latin name also is the source of French Jean, Spanish Juan, Italian Giovanni, Portuguese João, also Dutch JanHans, German Johann, Russian Ivan. Welsh form was IeuanEfan (see Evan), but Ioan was adopted for the Welsh Authorized Version of the Bible, hence frequency of Jones as a Welsh surname.

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john (n.)

“toilet,” 1932, probably from jakes, used for “toilet” since 15c. Meaning “prostitute’s customer” is from 1911, probably from the common, and thus anonymous, name by which they identified themselves. Meaning “policeman” is by 1901, from shortening of johndarm (1823), a jocular Englishing of gendarme.

“John Darm! who’s he?” “What, don’t you know!

In Paris he is all the go;

Like money here,—he’s every thing;

A demigod—at least a king!

You cannot fight, you cannot drink,

Nor have a spree, nor hardly think,

For fear you should create a charm,

To conjure up the fiend John Darm!

[“John Darm,” in “Varieties in Verse,” John Ogden, London, 1823]

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masc. proper name; Old Testament patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca and father of the founders of the twelve tribes, from Late Latin Iacobus, from Greek Iakobos, from Hebrew Ya’aqobh, literally “one that takes by the heel; a supplanter” (Genesis xxv.26), a derivative of ‘aqebh “heel.” The most popular name for boys born in the U.S. from 1999 through 2008. Jacob’s ladder, in various transferred uses from 1733, is from Genesis xxviii.12. In Spanish as JagoIago, also Diego; with alterations as Italian GiacomoJames, and (contracted) Spanish Jaime.

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jack (n.)

late 14c., jakke “a mechanical device,” from the masc. name Jack. The proper name was used in Middle English for “any common fellow,” and thereafter extended to various appliances which do the work of common servants (1570s). Also used generically of male animals (1620s, see jackassjackdaw, etc.).

As a portable contrivance for raising weight by force from below, 1703. As the name of a device for pulling off boots from 1670s. The jack in a pack of playing cards (1670s) is in German Bauer “peasant.” Slang meaning “money” is by 1890 (in earlier slang it meant “a small coin”). Jack-towel, one sewn together at the ends round a roller, is from 1795. The jack of Union Jack is a nautical term for “small flag at the bow of a ship” (1630s) and perhaps is from the word’s secondary sense of “smaller than normal size.”

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jack (v.)

1860, jack up “hoist, raise, lift with a jack,” American English, from jack (n.) in the appliance sense. Figurative sense “increase (prices, etc.)” is 1904, American English. Related: JackedjackingJack off (v.) “masturbate” is attested from 1916, probably from jack (n.) in the old slang sense of “(erect) penis.”

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“Giant Bluefin” by Douglas Whynott


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Fin . . .

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“The game of Mansion of Happiness was initially released in England in 1800. George Fox (of England) invented and designed the game in honor of the Duchess of York. These original boards consisted of ‘gold printing’ and were quite expensive to make. They were enjoyed and played by families of nobility or of considerable wealth.”

Treasured Find: 1843 Mansion of Happiness Board Game …

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The Tree Flag (or the Appeal to Heaven Flag) was one of the flags which was used during the American Revolution. The flag, which featured a pine tree with the motto “An Appeal to Heaven,” or less frequently “An Appeal to God”, was originally used by a squadron of six cruisers which were commissioned under George Washington’s authority as commander in chief of the Continental Army in October 1775. It was also used by Massachusetts state navy vessels in addition to privateers sailing from Massachusetts. 

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The design of the flag came from General Washington’s secretary, Colonel Joseph Reed. In a letter dated October 20, 1775, Reed suggested a “flag with a white ground and a tree in the middle, the motto AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN” be used for the ships Washington commissioned. 

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“Alright, Ok, McFly, Get a grip on yourself! It’s all a dream. It’s just a very intense dream.”

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Wisteria (n.)

genus of woody vines, 1819, formed by Thomas Nuttall, English botanist, in recognition of American anatomist Caspar Wistar (1761-1818) of Philadelphia + abstract noun ending -ia. The -e- apparently is a misprint. The Wistar Institute was founded in 1892 by his great-nephew and named for him.

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word-forming element in names of countries, diseases, and flowers, from Latin and Greek -ia, noun ending, in Greek especially used in forming abstract nouns (typically of feminine gender); see -a (1). The classical suffix in its usual evolution (via French -ie) comes to Modern English as -y (as in familia/family, also -logy-graphy). Compare -cy.

In paraphernaliaMammaliaregalia, etc. it represents Latin or Greek -a (see -a (2)), plural suffix of nouns in -ium (Latin) or -ion (Greek), with formative or euphonic -i-.

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“The most aggressive of (the invasive) ‘Wisteria’ is the Chinese Wisteria . . . “


“beautiful but deadly . . . “

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So confused

don’t know who

to trust

I got a buck


I will never thrust

Distortion supreme

supremacists’ dream

follow the River

dive in the stream

for life is

truly but a dream

Things are

never what

they seem


lil girl you

just gotta scream

Your beauty is


Your heart is my


I never

thought it

could be like

this. I never

thought I was

the frog prince’s

kiss. I coulda

kept goin’ the

way that I was

Turn off the tv

Let go of the buzz

You made

them machines

to bring us

new life

Now the walls

are closing in

and the well has

run dry

Tears on the


Cryin’ is


I’m mister


You’re my

Good sun

I love you so

much my

mama Lindonna

I love you so much

Like my own

black Madonna

I got a clever

disguise – Oh I

wear it so well

What on Earth

is that thing?

O can’t ya tell?

I want to crack my shell

I want out

of this hell

This cold prison


This necktie noose

This stolen caboose

This con game

Sand dune

The table is tilted

The game is rigged

Don’t Rush

Don’t go Mad

Invite mom over for coffee

Just yesterday

I assumed


Just yesterday

I was on

even tho I was





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“We’re on a big trip.” -David Lynch

. . . (The) Beginning . . .

“The Deep . . . The Depth . . . The God Beyond God . . . “


NOw that you have entered with an open heart

Into a complex and fragile situation,

Hoping with patience and respect

To tread softly over sore ground in order

That somewhere beneath the raw estrangement

Some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed

To release the grace for a new journey

Beyond repetition and judgement,

And have achieved nothing of that,

But emerged helpless, and with added hurt . . .

Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,

Loosen from your heart the new fester.

Free yourself of the wounded gaze

That is not yet able to see you.

Recognize your responsibility for the past.

Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.

Draw deep from your own dignity.

Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,

And take your time carefully,

Learning that there is a time for everything

And for healing too, But that now is not that time . . . yet.”

“To Bless The Space Between Us” page 174 (by genius Irish poet, John O’Donohue)

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“Your Health Matters”

I took a walk up the street



“Your Health Matters”

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Just Some Guy

No one else

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No more false fronting from me

But I have to show you and myself now

Instead of just talking the talk endlessly like before

The Walk is what really counts

Tall Talk isn’t just cheap

It’s wicked


Without the Walk

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Special Agent Cooper sat at his computer and began.


“Dear Family, Friend, all those who truly care about me,

I wasn’t writing. I was just fighting. Please know that I never meant to be so awful, so dishonest, so manipulative, so arrogant, so blind to you- all the love and care here, for me. I honestly couldn’t feel it or see it. And it pains me to no end.

I sit here at this virtual dream machine and want nothing more than to just come clean to everyone finally.

I say finally, knowing clearly now that there is no finality anywhere but in ‘peoples” heads. Closure is like a drug. TV rots your brain. And worse. I had to work my own bug out. And continue to. It’s no one’s responsibility but mine.

I thought there was an end to it before, that I was going ‘somewhere,’ when I still believed I was Kyle C. Grant, that I was stuck with that pathetic mask of limitation and fear, built by others, having to live with a gaping hole inside, a need for approval, acceptance from others. Instead of accepting and approving of myself. I endlessly lectured on this before, without having swallowed the bitter pill myself and letting it work its awful, soul wrenching, transformative ‘magic.’

Finally I can see it, why I was so hesitant, forever standing at the precipice without taking the leap, the only thing that takes you where you need to be, where you actually are.

I just want all those who really care for me to know I will be ok (and so will you) and I am really here for you now, like I wasn’t- and couldn’t have been- before.

It’s time for me to be me and let you be you. I got it, but I really didn’t. I couldn’t know what I didn’t know, what I wouldn’t allow myself to know, so I could begin to really grow. To know myself, actually. I am free to be who I want, to play what role I choose. It is not written in stone. And I am no stone buddha. I dance. I dream. I live. I die. And nothing happens at all. I am forgiven. For my stupidity, arrogance, carelessness and greed. I know it through and through and I am not waiting for anyone to confirm it. That was before. No more waiting. No more staying behind at the station to make sure everyone who doesn’t want to jump aboard is ‘ok.’ They will be ok and they are ok. They just don’t see the train. Yet. If they ever do. That’s no longer my concern. It never was. I just had it in my fear-bug-possessed head that it was my concern.

The only reason I had something to prove was that I hadn’t seen for myself yet, I wouldn’t let myself, because of the ocean of pain within that must be faced, instead of looking the other way all the time. I get why I looked away, and why most everyone still does. I really do now. This heart-opening business is wrenching.

How many times did I say that you have to die to be reborn and have no clue what I was actually saying?! No, Jaya Deva, I will not forget my sense of humor. It’s mine. I didn’t know that before.

I am a detective and that’s all I have ever been or ever wanted to be. It’s who I am, who I choose to be, so detect away I will, following the leads, drinking my bitter black coffee, collecting clues without worrying about where they lead, knowing that a desire for closure, an end, is the psychological hang up that must be overcome. By everyone, if we are to truly progress. In the only time there really is, now.

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“What A Heavy Load Einstein Must Have Had”

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