Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - stygian
Posted on 04/09/2008 5:54:57 AM PDT by VRWCmember
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
stygian \STIJ-ee-un\ adjective, (often capitalized)
1. of or relating to the river Styx
2. extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding *
When the power went out in the building, the halls and stairwells were plunged into stygian darkness.
Did you know?
"Stygian" comes to us (by way of Latin "stygius" and Greek "stygios") from "Styx," the name of the principal river in Hades, the underworld of the dead in Greek mythology. This is the river over which Charon the boatman was said to ferry the spirits of the dead; the Greeks and Romans would place a coin in the mouth or hand of the deceased to serve as fare. It is also the river by which the gods swore their most binding oaths, according to the epics of Homer. English speakers have been using "stygian" to mean "of or relating to the river Styx" since the early 16th century. From there the meaning broadened to describe things that are as dark, dreary, and menacing as one might imagine Hades and the river Styx to be.
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Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
Review Thread Four: Word For the Day, Friday 7/25/03: Potation
Review Thread Five: Word For the Day, Monday 8/19/03: Stolid
Review Thread Six: Word for the Day, Tuesday 11/09/2004: Peripatetic (Post #125 may be my best anagram post ever)
can’t. i really do like it.
The guy singing it sounds like Forest Gump trying to do a Bruce Sprinstein impersonation.
have you heard the marilyn manson version?
Y’all ready for this?
Secret, I just LOVE “The Wall” by Pink Floyd. David Gilmour is soooooooo cool!
((CJ dives for cover))
I don't know. Whenever I hear the song I run screaming from the room. "Tainted Love" and "Don't You Want Me Baby" very well might be the two worst songs ever produced in the '80s.
i just heard comfortably numb yesterday.
that’s good too.
i liked both of those songs and they remind me of going out dancing when i was in law school bc that was the era in which they were played : )
Shhhh or secret will open a vein. She hates them.
Hmmm, wonder what all the former stoners from my HS are doing nowadays? Now that I’m older and actually play guitar, I can appreciate Gilmour, but back then? My eyes would roll right out of my head.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom?
make that stygian sarcasm!
Hate is such a strong word. Unless you’re talking about Another Brick in the Wall. That is awful. Thankfully, I’m not into self-mutilation.
I can better visualize you dancing to “We’ve Got the Beat” or “Hey Mickey”.
I really like Korn’s cover of “Another Brick in the Wall.”
“How can you have any pudding, if you don’t eat yer meat?!”
Are we still talking circumcision?
I like ‘em both too. Especially the second time, as retro hip.
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