Sunday, November 09, 2003

New Words for the Week

human from "humus" (soil) n. any primate classified under the scientific name homo sapiens sapiens; adj. having traits or qualities associated with homo sapiens sapiens, also morally or physically frail ("I'm only human!"); adj. beloved of God, also n. the perfect jumping point to Buddha-hood.

Humanities n., pl. the collective name for the areas of study that concern themselves with the things we think, make or do that make us uniquely human.

humiliate also from "humus" v. to mortify, to ridicule, to put to shame-- also roughly "to put someone's face 'in the dirt'" or "reduce someone to the level of soil."

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