Sunday, 22 June 2014

Contra Mundum - Against the World

A man walking alone in a blizzard
Photo courtesy of the U.S Dept. of Defense

CONTRA MUNDUM

Adverbial phrase. Mid-18th century.
[Latin contra mundum.]

Against the world; defying or opposing everyone.

Yes! I like this. Just once in my life, I'd like to go contra mundum. No matter what you say, no matter what you do, I will never stop reading my dictionary.

Not until I get to the end anyway. And then I'll stop. But that won't have been because of you.

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  1. Uff. :sigh: Deep relief here... it would be a shame if you did. An horror if it was because of me.
    But I know so much people like this that is a wonder the world, and all its carrying, doesn't simply gives up.
    Makes one wonder how the brain and the world, turns off the sound and aggravation those contra mundum (should I be writing this in caps?) can produce.
    Have yourself a wonderful week,
    Teresa

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    1. Thank you Teresa! And don't worry - I'm not ready to give up the dictionary just yet.

      (and no, contra mundum isn't written in caps, although being a foreign phrase, the OED writes it in italics)

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  2. It's just you and your dictionary - contra mundum! :) Chlobo

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    1. Yeah. Just me. Dictionary readers don't tend to have many friends. Awww!

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  3. Great place. I wish I could be there.

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    1. You wish you could be where? The place in the photo? Or against the world?

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  4. to me *contra mundum* indicates: solitude ... a pleasant & peaceful solitude,
    when all the yearning for a valuable, sincere, sympathetic and truly empathetic
    friendship stays unheard.
    not necessarily 'against' the world ... but without 'counting' on the world anymore ...
    mbk

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