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today's wwftd is... cosmopsis

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    the worthless word for the day is: cosmopsis [fr. cosmic + -opsis, view] a cosmic view of life, which leads one to psycho- logical paralysis (see novelist
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2011
      the worthless word for the day is: cosmopsis

      [fr. cosmic + -opsis, view]
      a cosmic view of life, which leads one to psycho-
      logical paralysis (see novelist John Barth's heros)

      "It is the malady cosmopsis, the cosmic view, that
      afflicted me. When one has it, one is frozen like the
      bullfrog when the hunter's light strikes him full in
      the eyes, only with cosmopsis there is no hunter, and
      no quick hand to terminate the moment--there's only
      the light."
      - John Barth, The End of the Road (1958)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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