Lately I’ve been playing with word clouds – you know, those catchy collages of words you see generated by some robotic socioligist that parses through any length of text and picks out the most commonly used words.

So I used this blog, and it looks like this:

Fair enough, nothing too embarrassing there.  But the problem with these bean-counting insights is that you never really see the good words… the weird and wonderful denizens populating the pages of Roget.

Big.           Black.          Thesaurus.

(thesaurus… now there’s a word born is the mesozoic age)

So on a challenge from a friend, I offer my favorite new oddity: mesonoxian (of or pertaining to midnight).  This is quite fitting because I don’t see it up there in the cloud but I’ve passed much time these past few months hoping for clear night skies to play with my camera and make things like this:

It’s a lot of work, for just one word.  But it’s a good word.  A keeper.



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