Tuesday, August 21, 2012


tintinnabulation [ˌtɪntɪˌnæbyəˈleɪʃən] n.

1.) A ringing of a bell or bells, bell-ringing; the sound or music so produced (O.E.D. 2nd Ed.).

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin tintinnabulum, from tintinnare, to jingle, reduplication of tinnire, to ring, of imitative origin.

"Then the Holy Mother of the Gods recalled
that these pines had been felled upon the summit
of Mount Ida, and at once she filled the air
with the tintinnabulation of her cymbals
and the shrill ululation of her boxwood flutes;
and lightly carried through the parting air
in a chariot drawn by her familiar lions,
the goddess cried, 'Your sacrilegious hand
flings torches at these ships to no avail,
Turnus, for I will rescue them from danger;
I will not let your hungry flames devour
limbs that were mine, that grew in my own groves'"
(Metamorphoses by Ovid, Charles Martin (trans.), 2004)

(La fuente de Cibeles, Ventura Rodríguez, 1782)

Hi, all. You know I don't usually brag about my (myriad) accomplishments, but I had to share this scrabble move I played the other day:

So proud of myself. Thanks for reading!


-V- said...

and so early on, player two has left the game...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Smooth Scrabble move, brainiac!

"Tintinnabulation" and "ululation" are two words that are made for each other!

I appreciate the reference to the Divine Feminine too.

D4 said...

This is a word. Way, that's kinda cool actually. And I wouldn't want to play scrabble with you.

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