SCIAMACHY...

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What It Sounds Like  (sigh-AM-ah-kee) 

If you don't know what this word means, play with the sound and shape of it. What does it FEEL like it means? Me? I picture the sadness of a king, regally dressed but bent over in his throne, weeping!

What It Actually Means

Sciamachy is a noun and refers to the act of fighting shadows, doing battle with an imaginary opponent. What a wonderful word!

Where it Comes From

This delicious word is derived from the Greek, skiamakhia, a mock fight, which in turn, comes from skia, a shadow, and makhesthai, to fight. 


Now Go Out There And USE it!

© Louise Hawes 2015