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Aquarius 25: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed

Aquarius 25: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed

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Aquarius 25: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed
T h e w o r d b ut t er d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r op e a n ( I E ) r o o t t eu e 2, “to swell.” Paronyms include

t h i gh , t h u m b , t h o l e ( a w o o d e n p e g
set in pairs in the gunwales of a boat to serve as an oarlock),

t yl o s i s ( i n f la m m a t i o n o f t h e
e y e l i d s ) , t u m e s ce nt , t u mi d , t u m o r ,

t ru f f l e , t ub e r, t yros i n e , ob t u ra te
( t o c l os e ,
Aquarius 25: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed
T h e w o r d b ut t er d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r op e a n ( I E ) r o o t t eu e 2, “to swell.” Paronyms include

t h i gh , t h u m b , t h o l e ( a w o o d e n p e g
set in pairs in the gunwales of a boat to serve as an oarlock),

t yl o s i s ( i n f la m m a t i o n o f t h e
e y e l i d s ) , t u m e s ce nt , t u mi d , t u m o r ,

t ru f f l e , t ub e r, t yros i n e , ob t u ra te
( t o c l os e ,

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Aquarius 25: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectlyformed
The word
butter
descends fromthe Indo-European (IE) root 
teue-2,
“to swell.”
Paronyms include
thigh, thumb, thole 
(
a wooden pegset in pairs in the gunwales of aboat to serve as an oarlock 
),
 tylosis 
(inflammation of theeyelids)
 , tumescent, tumid, tumor,truffle, tuber, tyrosine, obturate 
(to close, obstruct),
quark 
(
a soft creamy acid-cured cheese of centralEurope made from whole milk)
,
soma 
(the body of an individual asopposed to the mind or psyche)
 , creosote 
, and
liniment 
.The word
fly
descends from the IE root 
pleu
 
which means “to flow.”
1
 Paronyms include plover (a wading bird), Pluto, flow, flue, flood,fledgling, fley, fletcher, flight, fowl, fleet, float, flotsam, flotilla, flutter,flit, and fluster.The word
right
descends from the IE root 
reg-
which means “to move
in a straight line.
2
Many of its paronyms connote directing, leading,ruling, and authority figures, e.g.
raj, (maha)rajah, rector, regent, realm,viceroy 
, as well as the adjuncts and instruments of their power, e.g.
address, arrogate, correction, directive, interrogation, prerogative, rank,regime, region, reign, regulation,
and
rule.
 The word
wing
descends from the IE root 
we-
 
which means “to blow.”
3
 Other paronyms include
nirvana, vent, ventilate, wind, weather,
and
window.
 
1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 682 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 703 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 95
 
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The word
more
descends from the IE root 
me-3
which
means “big” and
from which also descends the word
most.
 The word
perfect
descends from the IE root 
dhe-
 
which means “to set,put.”
4
The AHDEL lists over 150 derivatives of this root. Among them are
affair, affection, amplify, artifact, benefit, boutique, bodega, condiment,confetti, deem, defeat, deface, difficult, defect, do, effect, efficiency,façade, face, fact, faction, factory, feat, feature, fetish, infection,modification, office, perfection, profit, qualification, sufficiency, surface,theme,
and
thesis.
 Finally, the word
formed
descends from the Greek root 
merph-
which
means “form.”
5
Paronyms include the prefix
morpho- 
, the suffix
– 
form 
,and the words
morpheme, formation, format, formula, conform, inform, platform, reform, transform 
, and
uniform 
.
THEMES:
The first theme concerns
FLIGHT
, as evidenced by thesubject-and-adjunct relationship between the keywords
wing
and
fly.
Secondly, there are a few popular two-word phrases that can beconstructed from the above. One of these is
right wing
,
 
a term used inthe Western political tradition to described individuals or groupsholding conservative positions.
6
Another common phrase or compound is
surface-area 
 
formula 
, i.e. a mathematical formula used to compute “the
total area of a surface or surfaces, especially the outside surfaces of an
object.”
7
A third commonly occurring word pair is
more perfect 
. These
two words are part of the phrase “towards a
more perfect 
union” which
appears in the preamble to the United States Constitution.
8
 Finally, recall that the one of the paronyms of 
perfect
 
is
officer 
,
onewho holds an office of authority or trust in an organization, such as a
corporation or government.”
Further recall that several of the paronyms
4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 175 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 556 http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/right+wing7 http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/surface-area_1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_area#Common_formulas8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preamble_to_the_United_States_Constitution

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