Today’s Word: Scopophilia [Sko″po-fil´e-ah]
Scopophilia or scoptophilia,from Greek “love of looking”, is deriving pleasure from looking. As an expression of sexuality, it refers to sexual pleasure derived from looking at erotic objects: erotic art, photographs, pornography, naked bodies, etc. It can also be described as intermittent desire of gazing at.
Etymology: Greek: skopein, to look, philein, to love
1 sexual pleasure derived from looking at sexually stimulating scenes or at another person’s nudity; voyeurism.
2 a morbid desire to be seen; exhibitionism. Also called scoptophilia. scopophiliac, scopophilic, scoptophiliac, scoptophilic, adj., n.
The term was introduced to translate Freud’s Schaulust, or pleasure in seeing. Freud considered pleasure in looking to be a regular partial instinct in childhood;
Freud thought that inhibition of scopophilia might lead to actual disturbances of vision; other analysts have suggested that it might lead to a retreat from concrete objects into a world of abstractions.
Scopophilia was developed in the psychoanalytic theorizing of Otto Fenichel, with especial reference to identification. Fenichel maintained that “a child who is looking for libidinous purposes…wants to look at an object in order to ‘feel along with him’”. He also explored how looking could substitute for acting in those anxious to avoid guilt
via. Medical Dictionary , Wikipedia
5:37 pm • 30 November 2012 • 127 notes
n. the frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even if it’s unfair, even if everyone else feels the same way—each of us trick-or-treating for money and respect and attention, wearing a safe and predictable costume because we’re tired of answering the question, “What are you supposed to be?”
12:00 pm • 29 November 2012 • 3,099 notes
Leveson Inquiry: learn to speak like Robert Jay QC
Over 72 days of hearings the Leveson inquiry exposed some harsh truths about the behaviour of the British press and the politicians who cosy up to it. It also revealed that chief inquiry lawyer Robert Jay QC has a formidable vocabulary and is not afraid to use it. From ‘condign’ to ‘propinquity’, here are a few of the zingers he unleashed
11:46 am • 29 November 2012 • 1 note
I Love Words
THE RIGHT WORD
A knife can be sharp, even keen, but it can’t be astute. While keen and sharp mean having a fine point or edge, they also pertain to mental agility and perceptiveness.
You might describe someone as having a keen mind, which suggests the ability to grapple with complex problems, or to observe details and see them as part of a larger pattern (: a keen appreciation of what victory would mean for the Democratic Party), or a keen wit, which suggests an incisive or stimulating sense of humor.
Someone who is sharp has an alert and rational mind, but is not necessarily well grounded in a particular field and may in some cases be cunning or devious (: sharp enough to see how the situation might be turned to her advantage).
An astute mind, in contrast, is one that has a thorough and profound understanding of a given subject or field (: an astute understanding of the legal principles involved).
Like sharp, shrewd implies both practicality and cleverness, but with an undercurrent of self-interest (: a shrewd salesperson).
Acute is close in meaning to keen, but with more emphasis on sensitivity and the ability to make subtle distinctions (: an acute sense of smell).
While a keen mind might see only superficial details, a penetrating mind would focus on underlying causes (: a penetrating analysis of the plan’s feasibility).
Perspicacious is the most formal of these terms, meaning both perceptive and discerning (: a perspicacious remark; perspicacious judgment).
Via Oxford American Dictionary definition of the word “keen”
3:21 am • 26 November 2012 • 20 notes
Apparently Radio 6 music is
“a visceral, emotional rollercoaster”
so I might need to turn over.
I generally like to keep my internal organs and emotions about as stable as I can.
10:39 am • 10 November 2012 • 1 note
n. a conversational hint that you have something personal to say on the subject but don’t go any further—an emphatic nod, a half-told anecdote, an enigmatic ‘I know the feeling’—which you place into conversations like those little flags that warn diggers of something buried underground: maybe a cable that secretly powers your house, maybe a fiberoptic link to some foreign country.
10:36 am • 10 November 2012 • 7,854 notes
The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
(Found from FYCD.)
6:06 am • 31 October 2012 • 57,894 notes