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A useful word for Halloween--

Apocolocyntosis: (n) the process of becoming a gourd or a pumpkin; Pumpkinification.

Coined some time after 54 AD, possibly by Seneca, in a satirical play written on the apotheosis--that is, the transformation from man into deity--of Emperor Nero.

Thanks, Sam!

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texasfanboy
Oct. 31st, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
And now I know that there's a scientific term for what happened to Cinderella's carriage at midnight.

The version of the tale I tell my children (should any woman tolerate my presence long enough for any to be concieved) shall incorporate this nugget of lore.
spottylogic
Nov. 1st, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! It's important to pass on such vital knowledge to the next generation!
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