Tag Archives: Thursday’s English

Engleza de joi/ Calcification

Calcification = abnormal deposition of calcium salts within soft tissue often causing thickening or hardening.

“Keep awake, alive, new. Perform the paradox of being hard and yet soft. Survive without calcification of the tender membranes. Be a poet. Be alive.”
Tennessee Williams

 

 

Art by Tsuchiya Koitsu.

Engleza de joi/ Marsh

Marsh = an area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged at all times.

“You’re a fire person. What you’re most like is marsh-fire; (…) you got witch-oil in your soul.”
Philip Pullman, Northern Lights

 

 

Engleza de joi/ Trek

Trek = a trip or movement especially when involving difficulties or complex organization.

“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” – Albert Camus

 

Art by Charles Courtney Curran.

 

Engleza de joi/ Endurance

Endurance = the ability to withstand hardship or adversity.

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
Mark Z. Danielewski

 

Art by Andrey Shishkin.

Engleza de joi/ Veil

Veil = a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face.

“Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.” – from Zadie Smith‘s 10 Rules of Writing

 

Art by Vincent van Gogh.

Engleza de joi/ Porous

Porous = having minute interstices through which liquid or air may pass.

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Art by Vladimir Kush.

Engleza de joi/ Lurk

Lurk =  to wait or move in a secret way so that you cannot be seen.

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
Ray Bradbury

Art by Anton Pieck.

 

Engleza de joi/ Foretell

Foretell = to tell beforehand, to predict.

“The moon is dark, and the gods dance in the night; there is terror in the sky, for upon the moon hath sunk an eclipse foretold in no books of men or of earth’s gods.”
– H. P. Lovecraft

 

Art by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky.