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Sunday Words: Abugida, Pogroms, and Deiparous

Apologies for my absence these past weeks, was utterly swamped at work, but I'm back with extra words to make up the difference!

a·bu·gi·da [ˌɑːbuːˈɡiːdə]:
origin: (1864) Ethiopian; from Ge'ez (a-bu-gi-da), the first four structures in the language, borrowed from the Greek idea of alpha-beta for alphabet.

We tend to think in terms of our own anglo culture, which terms our written language as being based on the "alphabet", but abugida is based on four letters, and indicates a language where every consonant is connected to a vowel -- one alters the word by altering the vowel.

This basic style is at the core of many Abramaic & Eritrean languages with extensive texts regarding history, mankind, and philosophy -- the Brahmic family of India & Southeast Asia posses the most ancient of these languages. Sanskrit is a famous abugida style language couching great wealths of early human history. See also: Hindi, Burmese, Cree, Bengali, Malay, Ojibwe, etc.

An example of Cree.

po·grom [pō-ˈgräm]:
origin: (1880) Yiddish; via Russian; pogromit= "devastation" or "to wreak havoc", po-= "like" + grom= thunder

Instigated violent mob attacks on minorities and/or citizens, usually persecuted for being different from the mainstream. The word is most commonly associated specifically with Russian attacks against Jews, which although not officially sanctioned, where not prevented by authorities either; similar attacks against Jewish people happened in Poland and Germany.

The word is used simultaneously to mean efforts to exterminate an entire ethnic or religious group; an organized massacre. Pogrom can also be synonymous with the meaning "ghetto", as Jewish people were also often organized into slums or isolated neighborhoods where they struggled among the poor -- targeting "pogrom" violence in those districts made targeting minority families all the more simple, for walls & gates installed to protect could just as easily be used to entrap them.

de·ip·a·rous [dė`ĭp´å`rŭs]:
origin: (1913) Latin; deus= "a god" + parere= "to bring forth"

To bear or bring forth a god or goddess.
btw, you'd be in rather good company: Zeus (who birthed Athena fully formed from his crown), Mary (the virgin mother of Jesus Christ), Queen Māyā of Sakya (the married mother of Buddha), and Rhea Silvia (claimed Mars was the father of Romulus & Remus).

Take this quiz to see your potential deiparous lineage!
Tags: a, adjective, african, biblical, d, hindi, latin, p, religion, russian, sanskrit, wordsmith: theidolhands, yiddish

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