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Friday, January 20, 2006

The Universe Today (as of June 2, 2005)
(Artist's conception.)

My beloved spouse was doing the crossword and the word "universe" came up. I remarked on the oddness of the word -- literally, etymologically, "one turn"; though I also like to think of it as "a single line of poetry," which is a rather beautiful conception of the whole sh-bang. Curious as to how the word came to be, I pulled out the dictionary. It comes from the Latin; "one" and "turn" are the roots, but in the sense of "turned into one." "The One-ness" might be a more direct translation of the Latin, except it lacks the implication of transformation and perhaps willfulness that the word "turned" carries.

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