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Friday, 22 August 2014

The hidden treasures of language

My friend and colleague, Kat shared this Brain Pickings link with us at work today. As a lover of language and admirer of fine illustration, I just had to share this myself. These visual interpretations of unusual words, created by Project Twins, were originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery in Dublin, 2011, and they are absolutely marvellous.

‘Bold graphics and visual wit are used to interpret and represent a collection of strange, unusual and lost words. These images explore the meaning behind the words, which are sometimes even more strange or unusual.’ – Project Twins

There is a whole alphabet to feast your eyes upon, viewable here, but these are my favourite illustrations along with their words and meanings.

B is for Biblioclasm
The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material.

F is for Fanfaronade
Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

H is for Hamartia
The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

J is for Jettatura
The casting of an evil eye.

L is for Leptosome
A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

M is for Montivagant
Wandering over hills and mountains.

O is for Ostentiferous
Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations

S is for Scripturient
Possessing a violent desire to write.

W is for Welter
A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

Z is for Zugzwang
A position in which any decision or move will result in problems.


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