But what will hopefully bring me to the blog on a regular basis is my lexicon. I have been collecting fun, interesting, complicated, brilliant words for the last several years, and now have a whopping 2100 at my disposal. I've gathered this definitions from Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries, but they are paraphrased and illustrated here in my own words. Where better to explore them than Daedalus? I won't blog on them all, of course, because that would take me six years. I'll blog on the words that are most useful, most special to me. Hopefully, you will find yourself becoming a logophiliac as well.
I'll begin at the beginning with...
Ab inito is an adverb from the Latin, meaning "from the beginning."
Contrary to popular belief, in my opinion, Latin is most certainly not dead. Though no one goes about this day in age striking up conversations in Latin, it is everywhere. We still read it, pour over it, become captivated by the sound of its language, the way it's sung and spoken in some Christian circles. Latin provides the foundation for so much of our language, and sometimes asserts an authoritative voice into an other wise dull statement, a grain of wisdom into what could be a shabby string of words. Maybe it is like the physical vestiges of the Roman empire left standing all over Britain (Hadrian's Wall). Or maybe it just sounds cool. We could all do with a little more Latin in our daily lives!