Thursday, 8 March 2012

Entry: mythopoeia (n.)

In context: "The rock thing - which has become a grim bit of mythopoeia now trotted out to illustrate how cushy the present Ennet residents have it - was probably not as whacko as it seemed to Division of S.A.S., since many of the things veteran AA's ask newcomers to do and believe seem not much less whacko than trying to chew feldspar."

Definition:   The creation of a myth or myths.

Other: I particularly like this usage:

1970    Listener 30 July 154/2   Science is not immune to mythopoeia.

And in case you're curious, feldspar comes in at a 6 on Mohs hardness scale, while tooth enamel is about a 5.  Also, once I saw a coati.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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