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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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Today's secret word is
damnatio memoriae       dark & early       dark Moon       dawn       De mortuis nil nisi bonum       dedicant       deep sex       derivative       descending node       didactic       Diné - Navajo       dire wound       Disting       dominionism       Dominion Theology       doublespeak       doxing       drawing room       Droste effect       dusk       dynamic balance            
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damnatio memoriae

Damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) was a punishment reserved for certain people the Romans decided to dishonour for one reason or another. Rather impressively, it involved trying to get rid of all records that the person ever existed.

The methods used to rid the world of any record of the individual in question included striking the individual’s name from all official records; seizing their possessions; and anything bearing their likeness or name (statues, murals, writings, etc.) would be destroyed or otherwise defaced. To really rub it in, if the person being stricken from memory just so happened to be dead at the time, which was common, their will would be annulled and their grave defaced.

That said, fully removing some of these high profile people, such as Emperors, from history proved to be exceptionally difficult, and despite the Roman’s best efforts, at least some of the people who suffered damnatio memoriae as a punishment are still in the history books.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#memoriae

dark & early

Morning well before dawn begins to lighten the sky. Since I was a kid, one of my favorite times. My excuse was that I wanted to see “dawn’s early light” and I did.

I come from a long line of farmers. Even without the insomnia, I'm usually up well before dawn.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dark-early

dark Moon

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dark-moon

dawn

the first appearance of daylight in the morning

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dawn

De mortuis nil nisi bonum

I don't speak or write ill of the dead in the first month after their passing. It changes nothing, and everyone deserves the right to deal with their passions and memories.
The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] ("Of the dead, [say] nothing but good") indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead. As a mortuary aphorism, De mortuis. . . . derives from the Latin sentence De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est ("Of the dead nothing but good is to be said"), which also is abbreviated as Nil nisi bonum. Freer translations into English are often used as aphorisms, these include: "Speak no ill of the dead", "Of the dead, speak no evil", and "Do not speak ill of the dead".

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#de-mortuis

dedicant

A person dedicating to a occult tradition or path, but not yet bound by oaths.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dedicant

deep sex     See sexual beings

derivative

Anyone who has followed the crisis will understand that the real economy of businesses and commodities is being upstaged by complicated financial instruments known as derivatives. These are not money or goods. They are investments in investments, bets about bets. Derivatives created a booming global economy, but they also led to turbulent markets, the credit crunch, the near collapse of the banking system and the economic slump. And it was the Black-Scholes equation that opened up the world of derivatives.
Derivatives are legally sanctioned pyramid schemes. They separate the "assets" from the "debits." Then the "asset" values are inflated by increasing the "debits." At the end, it all collapses under the debt. Before you blame the traders and the bankers too much, remember it was made legal by government. Derivatives are corporatist and a REALLY REALLY Bad Idea. The only people who can money are the ones who sell before the inevitable collapse. "Profits" come from increasing the overall debt and speculation, more profits mean more debt passed on to the losers at the end. There are no real profits beyond the original value, it all comes from borrowing and promising that someone else will pay.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#derivative

descending node

the point where a planet crosses from the northern to the southern portion of its orbit

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#descending-node

didactic

  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#didactic

Diné      - Navajo

An Amerindian tribe found in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. They name themselves Diné or “the People.” Navajo is the common name, but many traditional Diné don’t like it.

See also bilagáana

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dine

dire wound

In many mythologies, either a near deadly wound that never quite heals or part of the price paid for knowledge and power.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dire-wound

Disting     See Imbolc

dominionism   &   Dominion Theology

The theory that Christians should work towards a nation governed by Christians or governed by a conservative interpretation of Biblical law. But why should any one faith govern all people?

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dominionism
http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dominion-theology

doublespeak

language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth

Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning. In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#doublespeak

doxing

Doxing is a technique of tracing someone or gather information about an individual using sources on the internet. Its name is derived from “Documents” or “Docx”. Doxing method is based purely on the ability of the hacker to recognize valuable information about his target and use this information to his benefit. It is also based around the idea that, “The more you know about your target, the easier it will be to find his or her flaws”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#doxing

drawing room

A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the sixteenth-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the seventeenth century, and made their first written appearance in 1642. In a large sixteenth- to early eighteenth-century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could "withdraw" for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber's descendant, the state room or salon) and usually led to a formal, or "state" bedroom.”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#drawing-room

Droste effect

The Droste effect (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdrɔstə]), known in art as mise en abyme, is the effect of a picture recursively appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#droste

dusk

the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dusk

dynamic balance

Very few things in life are a destination. Mostly life is a point where we have to keep moving just to maintain our relative position. Mastering ourselves means finding the flux point between flows and tensions where a slight motion can be vastly amplified. We live in that space, if we fight the current we'll just exhaust ourselves without actually doing anything.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/dd/#dynamic-balance

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