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> esemplastic (es-em-PLAS-tik) adjective
> Having the capability of moulding diverse ideas or things
> into unity.
> [From Greek es- (into) + en, neuter of eis (one) + plastic.
> Coined by poet
> Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), apparently after German
> (forming into one)].
> Here is how Coleridge used the term in his 1817 Biographia Literaria or
> Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions. Vol. I,
> Chapter 13:
> On the imagination, or esemplastic power.
> O Adam! one Almighty is, from whom
> All things proceed, and up to him return
> If not depraved from good: created all
> Such to perfection, one first nature all
> Indued with various forms, various degrees.
> "Admirers of (A.N.) Wilson, and I have been one of them, may console
> themselves by speculating that he just got impatient, or
> tired. Or that
> a minor demon, in a snit over his prolific output and
> ambitious subject
> matter, cast a temporary malediction on his esemplastic powers of
> Gail Godwin, Losing It All, The Washington Post, Jan 23, 1994.
> Like a house of cards, Enron corporation came down a few weeks ago. Its
> bankruptcy proceedings opened what may turn out to be a
> Pandora's box for
> more than just the corporation itself. Journalists are using
> the freshly
> minted term Enronomics to describe this corporation's brand of
> and accounting: off-the-record dealings, cooking books, and
> number sorcery
> that led to its rise and crash. Creative accounting has been
> going on for
> ages but it seems that Enron perfected it.
> Whether the term enronomics sticks, only time will tell. But
> this is a good
> example of how new words are coined. Some weather the test of
> time and get
> anointed into the venerated pages of dictionaries, while others
> fade like
> last year's fashion.
> This week's AWAD features five words, all coined by people,
> that have stuck
> around. Those who brought these expressions to life are a
> diverse lot. We'll
> see inventions of a poet, a cartoonist, a zoologist, and two
> during the next five
> days. -Anu
> So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind,
> While just
> the art of being kind is all the sad world needs. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
> poet (1850-1919)
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