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Sunday 18 November 2012

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: odium.

This is rather difficult.

Odium is a hideous word, but what's the alternative?

We have repugnance, which means more or less the same thing, but repugnance is an even uglier word than odium

There's hatred, I suppose, but that's a bit more active.

What can we do?

I suppose all we can do is hold very few things in odium.

Let's see if it's possible. Here we are:

A redback spider on a pillow.
Photo by Dylan O'Donnell.

No, don't be arachnoidist. It's lovely!

Photo by Epukas.

Yum! (And is there anything anywhere more beautiful?)

There are, of course, some things which are very nearly impossible to like:

How Do Lice Reproduce? thumbnail

(that's a head louse).

So what can we do about head lice? I suppose we're going to have to make a proper job of it and hate them with some considerable passion.

I think we'd all be happier for it, myself.

Word Not To Use Today: odium. This word is related to the Latin word ōdī, which means I hate, and before that from the Greek word odussasthai, which means to be angry.

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