Apotropaic

Apotropaic

I have a new deck of cards, each has an unusual word with definitions and pronunciations.

A friend handed me a deck of cards called, “Rare Fare.” That this was the weekend before Halloween is worthy of note. It was a deck of 52 unusual words, with their pronounciation, definition, and part of speech. Rather than using each word in a sentence, rhythmic prose is promised for each word. Written by Jan Leighton and Hallie Leighton, the first card I pulled had the word, “apotropaic”, centered on one side of the card. The opposite side held all of the information found promised on the packaging. Why is this of interest?

On this week of All Hallows’ Eve, my newly learned word, apotropaic [ap-uh-truh-pey-ik], is an adjective. I found it amusing the word’s definition was “intended to avert bad luck; reputed to ward off evil” in the midst of vampires, gobblins, and black cats. So, in the spirit of things, I thought it may be fun to pull a card from the deck each week and share the text with you.

Perhaps next week’s word will be equally fitting.

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