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Discovered Words

Faodail, (noun): A Scots Gaelic world either pronounced F-aio-D-ay-L or F-aer-T-ae-L (*) with two branches of meaning, quite touching when considered together.

First Branch: 1. A lucky find. 2. Stray treasure. 3. Any found object.

Second Branch: 1. Waif.

 

nb. Waif has interesting threads when we pull on them. From the universal meta brain that is Wikipedia (cough):

…is a living creature removed, by hardship, loss or other helpless circumstance, from its original surroundings…

And in nautical and common law terms, Waif is used to describe a thrown-away object that is later found, but is thought to originally come from Old French guaif or stray beast. Note the connotations for Faodail as a lucky return, an un-looked for homecoming for the object/person. Definitely adding this little bundle to the ongoing obsession fascination with feraculture.

(*) Help me, Scottish Ancestors!

First Impression(s): Interesting to this escriteur owing to its origins, being the first printed sheet from a printing press. Considering the laborious work of setting movable type (wood block or metal type characters), the first ‘virgin’ sheet of paper was the final test to see whether the typesetter and inker had done their job correctly (hence why first impressions are so important).

nb. I’m fascinated how terminology functions like dialect given time. There are many examples like Knock on wood, Bodge, Shoddy that escape into the wider lexical environment.

double-nb. There’s evidence to suggest that a large amount of grammatical rules we use today – everything from commas to quotation marks – actually comes from a printers need to regulate movable type in a limited space. So that means that language itself; communication, conversation, and the way that sentences and thoughts are constructed owes some of their current usage to the physical process of reproduction – not just the realm of personal emotional expression as we might have thought… I don’t know what that points to; that humans and their objects are involved in a process of co-creation of each other?

triple-nb. One of the earliest recorded forms of the printing press was the Mesopotamian stone cylinder, used on wet clay circa 3500BC!

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