The tragedy of this weekend has my mind reeling and in a state of detachment, and although being strong and brave is vital, the weight of what happened is not avoidable. However, if you are in need of joy, distraction, or simply looking for a new word(s) to use, I hope this can be a source if only for a few minutes.

daguerreotype (de-ge-ro-typ)

noun: the first successful, public commercial photographic process. Used an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor.

From French daguerréotype, named after the inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre. Earliest documented use: 1835

Cameras have come a long way since the daguerreotype of the 19th century.

ebullient (i-bool-yent)

adjective: 1. cheerful and full of energy
2. (of liquid or matter) boiling or agitated as if boiling

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘boiling’): from Latin ebullient- ‘boiling up,’ from the verbebullire, from e- (variant of ex- ) ‘out’ + bullire ‘to boil.’ Earliest documented use: 1652

1. Her ebullient attitude was infections to those around her.
2. The spaghetti softened as it reached the ebullient water.

ampulla (am-puhl-uh, poo l-uh)

noun: 1. a roughly spherical flask with two handles, used in ancient Rome; a flask for sacred uses such as holding holy oil.
2. a cavity, or the dilated end of a duct, especially of thesemicircular canals of the ear

Late Middle English: from Latin, diminutive of ampora, variant of amphora: a tall ancient Greek or Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck. Earliest documented use: 1623

Her mother passed on a family ampulla when she purchased her house, although she wasn’t sure how it would fit in with the eclectic atmosphere.

susurrate (soo-suh-reyt)

verb (literary): of leaves, wind, etc.; make a whispering or rustling sound.

Early 17th century: from Latin susurrat- ‘murmured’, from the verb susurrare, from susurrus‘whisper’. Earliest documented use: 1842

The trees susurrated as a light breeze moved throughout the forest.

ouroboros (or-rob’-or-rus)

noun: a circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail, as an emblem of wholeness or infinity

From Greek (drakōn) ouroboros ‘(snake) devouring its tail.’ Earliest documented use: 14th century

The seal featured an ouroboros, which offered a new perspective on his actions.

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