Yesterday the US was treated to a transcontinental solar eclipse. It began in Oregon and crossed all the way to South Carolina. Living just outside the limits of totality, I experienced 99% coverage. It was pretty cool. It didn’t get completely dark like it did under the totality path, but it did get dark like twilight. What was the best was looking at the ground and seeing light waves, like flames almost, or shadows of flames. With the weirdness of it all it was easy to understand why animals get freaked out and how easy it would have been for primitive man to be terrified and even ans recent as Medieval times how people could think it would be a portent of doom.
In fact, eclipses are so important that they are used in language as both a noun (Hey, did you see the eclipse?) and as a verb (Her beauty eclipses all the other girls.). And as a verb, it’s a fairly strong one with a strong meaning. It’s interesting how a natural phenomenon became part of the vocabulary.
What other vocabulary words can you think of that come from the forces of nature?
AND don’t forget, we are accepting submissions for the October issue! The theme is What Lies Beneath. Have you been lying? Have you been lying in wait? Have you been lying underneath something? Send it in!!