Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,
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Friday word: Millennium

Per our esteemed mod prettygoodword's request, a chronological term :)
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Millennium (n):

plural -nia or mil·len·niums
1a : the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20 during which holiness is to prevail and Christ is to reign on earth
  b : a period of great happiness or human perfection
2a : a period of 1000 years; especially : one reckoned from the beginning of the Christian era <at the start of the third millennium>
  b : a 1000th anniversary or its celebration

Etymology:

New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + New Latin -ennium (as in biennium)

First Known Use: circa 1638

Example:

ANY MILLENNIUMS TODAY, LADY?
(by Ogden Nash)

As I was wandering down the street
With nothing in my head,
A sign in a window spoke to me
And this is what it said:

"Are your pillows a pain in the neck?
Are they lumpy, hard, or torn?
Are they full of old influenza germs?
Are the feathers thin and forlorn?

Bring 'em to us,
We do the trick;

Re-puff,
Replenish,
Re-curl,
Re-tick,
We return your pillows, spanned-and-spicked,
Re-puffed, replenished, re-curled, re-ticked."

As I was wandering down the street
With too much in my head,
The sign became a burning bush,
And this is what it said:

"Is the world a pain in the neck?
Is it lumpy, hard, or torn?
Is it full of ancestral germs
That were old before you were born?
Bring it to us,
We do the trick,
Re-puff,
Replenish,
Re-curl,
Re-tick,
In twenty-four hours we return the world
Re-puffed, replenished, re-ticked, re-curled."

As I was wandering down the street
I heard the trumpets clearly,
But when I faced the sign again
It spoke of pillows merely.
The world remains a derelict,
Unpuffed, unplenished, uncurled, unticked.
Tags: latin, m, noun, wordsmith: med_cat
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