Friday, 4 May 2012

Entry: Actaeon Complex (n.)

In context: A neologism which Wallace was kind enough to define:

"The twirler induced in heterosexual males what U.H.I.D. later told her was termed the Actaeon Complex, which is a kind of deep phylogenic fear of transhuman beauty."

Definition: actaeon (n.): (A type of) a cuckold; the husband of an unfaithful wife.

Other: One wonders if DFW was studying his A- words, as we'll see.

SNOOT score: 1

Page: 290
Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

1 comment:

  1. Huh, Merriam-Webster defines Actaeon as "a hunter turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds for having seen Artemis bathing." Which makes more sense here, too...