Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Like mimesis, I too have an undeniably classical pedigree.

The Word of the Day for September 6 is:
mimesis • \muh-MEE-sis\ • noun : imitation, mimicry

Example sentence:Late in her career, the painter became less interested in mimesis and began to experiment in styles of abstraction.

Did you know?"Mimesis" is a term with an undeniably classical pedigree. Originally a Greek word, it has been used in aesthetic or artistic theory to refer to the attempt to imitate or reproduce reality since Plato and Aristotle. "Mimesis" is derived from the Greek verb "mimeisthai," which means "to imitate" and which itself comes from "mimos," meaning "mime." The English word "mime" also descends from "mimos," as do "mimic" and "mimicry." And what about "mimeograph," the name of the duplicating machine that preceded the photocopier? We can't be absolutely certain what the folks at the A. B. Dick Company had in mind when they came up with "Mimeograph" (a trademark name that has since expired), but influence from "mimos" and its descendants certainly seems probable.

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