anthropophagy |ˌanθrəˈpäfəjē|nounthe eating of human flesh by human beings.
anthropophagous |-gəs| adjective
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek anthrōpophagia, from anthrōpophagos (see anthropophagi ).
I had no clue there was a word--in English at least--specifically for human-on-human cannibalism. I think I found this word on Pinterest when I stumbled over the Psoglav, a demonic figure of Slavic lore. However, I don't believe a demon eating is true anthropophagy, even if said demon has a more or less human body.
apotropaic |ˌapətrəˈpā-ik|adjectivesupposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck : apotropaic statues.
apotropaically |-ik(ə)lē| adverb
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek apotropaios‘averting evil,’ from apotrepein ‘turn away or from’+ -ic .
I can't remember where I picked up this word, but I've been reading lots of urban fantasy lately.
I found this on Pinterest, and the best I can figure it must have been the poster for some propaganda movie about the evils of female sexuality. The kind that titillates and admonishes at once. Because, you know, a woman in charge of her own body and desires is the first sign of the end of civilization. After all, a woman should allow a penis penetrate the sanctity of her body only with disgust and within the confines of marriage.
Considering current conservative rhetorics and the the political disputes over whether birth control should be covered by health insurance, very little changes in the last half a century or so.
I do. And I just recently realized what a relic it makes me.
Public libraries are one of the best inventions. Anyone who's against them should be shot. Out of a cannon and into a field of cacti.
Since the protagonists of my next Secrets book (fourth in the collection) will be a couple of bartenders, naturally I set out on research mission of everything mixology. My inquiries led to me to The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury, a book that has been out of print for decades and copies of it sell for more than a pretty penny. Fortunately, the LA County Public Library system has several copies.
As I opened it I saw the familiar pocket, but there was no card in it, so I put my receipt there. At least, it's still a print book. Most days I mostly consume ebooks and audiobooks, both of which the Library has plenty. I love libraries.
avuncular |əˈvə ng kyələr|adjective1 of or relating to an uncle.• kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person : an avuncular manner.2 Anthropology of or relating to the relationship between men and their siblings' children.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Latin avunculus‘maternal uncle,’ diminutive of avus ‘grandfather.’
I would've never guessed this one.