Cool Words from the Trojan War
I used the word stentoriously in the post below. It's a fun word--it just sounds so pompous! And it has a very useful meaning & connotation.
But I wanted to be sure I spelled it right, so I went to look it up.
It's not in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate (nor on m-w.com). The adj form is: stentorian. And it's on Dictionary.com, which I will grudgingly trust. Of course, it's perfectly acceptable to adverb a word.
But I was fascinated to see its root! (It showed up in 1609, not that long ago, actually; I should go study the history of language or English lit, or something; I bet there was a time period of influx of all those Greek mythology references)
Latin, from Greek Stentōr, Stentor, a Greek herald in the Trojan War noted for his loud voice
I hadn't known about Stentor before. This is fun.
I wonder, if we were trying to invent the word now, whose name would we use?
Oh, and I was musing on the term Trojan horse the other day, too, thinking that it's SUCH a useful term, and such an amazing, classic idea--the seemingly harmless thing you bring inside your defenses that actually carries the seed of your destruction within it.
What's your favorite word from Greek mythology?