Glossary

In progress. Entries are generally derived from the Oxford English Dictionary unless otherwise specified


body: (contrasted to soul) that which is subject to old age, disease and death—the three things which according to myth set Prince Gautama on a quest which led to Buddhahood (my definition)

counterfactual: pertaining to, or expressing, what has not in fact happened, but might, could, or would, in different conditions

cowboy: A person without qualifications who competes against established traders or operators, providing shoddy goods or services usu. at low (or inflated) prices; one who is recklessly unscrupulous in business. Freq. attrib. slang.


dolce far niente: (from Italian, lit. “sweet doing nothing”): delightful idleness


dude: colloq. (orig. U.S.).  A man who shows an ostentatious regard for fashion and style in regard to dress or appearance; a dandy, a fop. Now rare [?—Ed.]

dudette: a female dude, also the female companion of a dude.
I extend the use of these terms to cover a broader definition of “dandy” as elaborated in the post “Tooting Broadway Dude” and excerpted below:

Dandyism implies the chaste enjoyment of your own body, both seeing and being seen; to be caressed by the aethers; to express discreet appreciation of others’ efforts in looking beautiful. In my imagination (and who knows? perhaps reality too) we recognize one another with subtle glances.
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A dandy doesn’t have to follow fashion. But dandyism as divine worship is always in fashion, a Yoga as challenging as any other. Its goal is delight in being who you are, the entire look and feel of your person; and to cultivate a similar appreciation for others.


ephemera:  An insect that (in its imago or winged form) lives only for a day. In mod. entomology the name of a genus of pseudo-neuropterous insects belonging to the group Ephemeridæ (Day-flies, May-flies).

epigraph:  An inscription; esp. one placed upon a building, tomb, statue, etc., to indicate its name or destination; a legend on a coin.    2. The superscription of a letter, book, etc.; also, the imprint on a title-page. Obs.      3. A short quotation or pithy sentence placed at the commencement of a work, a chapter, etc. to indicate the leading idea or sentiment; a motto.
The epigraph of this site is currently Practise not-doing, and everything will fall into place.


kilter: Good condition, order; state of health or spirits.


knowing oneself: (as a category) covers a wide range of awareness, of Self, transformation, Nature etc; and how they are ultimately joined in oneness. It might also cover Reality and Illusion. Perhaps paradoxically I also use this tag to cover “not-knowing”. (To know that you don’t know is an indicator of knowing yourself, in this Wayfarer’s realm.)

misandry:The hatred of males; hatred of men as a sex.


noösphere: the part of the biosphere occupied by thinking humanity; spec. (with reference to the writing of P. Teilhard de Chardin) a stage or sphere of evolutionary development characterized by (the emergence or dominance of) consciousness, the mind, and interpersonal relationships, postulated as following the stage of the establishment of human life. Also fig.

not-doing: an English translation of the Chinese term wu wei, about which Wikipedia says:

Shen Buhai used the term wu-wei to mean that the ruler, though vigilant, should not interfere with the duties of his ministers. The only other book to use the term in this manner is the Tao Te Ching, and since it was composed later it may therefore be assumed that Shen influenced the Tao Te Ching.

See also  “On Not-doing”.

pecking order: a scale based on rank or status

rambling: (as a Category of post, or a Tag) essays which wander across many topics with no over-riding theme

serendipity: coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed it upon the title of the fairy-tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’, the heroes of which ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of

shebang: almost any matter of present concern; thing; business; as, ‘tired of the whole shebang’ (Funk’s Stand. Dict. 1895). Freq. in phr. the whole shebang.
See also posts tagged “shebang”.

soul: that which soars above, and in spite of, circumstance (my definition)


theology: (when used by the author on this site) not pontificating on something I cannot know, but trying to make sense of what people say, or what my soul feels.