pneuma the vital breath that is the soul digital collage via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Pneuma

Pneuma is a Greek based word meaning breath, spirit, or wind (and it's pronounced noo-muh). Philosophically, pneuma means a person's soul, their living essence. As an example from A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire "'Psyche' was in the breast;'pneuma' was spread throughout the body;and 'Nous' was in the head."  Pneuma could also be used to describe… Continue reading Word Nerd: Pneuma

umbra shadows from doorhandles via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Umbra

Umbra is one of those really great descriptive words that gets used in detective novels and poetry and scrabble (u words are always great!). Umbra is more than just a shadow, however, since umbra means the darkest, deepest part of a shadow. Umbra is often used in astronomy to describe the cone-shaped area of full… Continue reading Word Nerd: Umbra