Saturday, February 3, 2007

Word of the Day

Demiurge. I've seen it twice in the past fifteen minutes in two separate readings (one, NYTimes Book Review section and two, an article on translation by Rosmarie Waldrop -- neither of which are terribly fine reads).

Demiurge means what? According to the dictionary, a demiurge is a deity who fashions the world out of chaos (thank you, Plato) -- or is a Greek public magistrate. Your choice. I, personally, like "a powerful creative force or personality." The fundamental meaning of the word "creative." Not little creation but the big one: Creation. Order out of chaos. I like that. Demiurge.

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