Word of the Day – Imago

By November 8, 2017Word of the Day

Imago (noun)

im-ay-go

The idealised mental image of someone, often a parent, that affects our behaviour. Also, the final and fully developed stage of an insect, typically winged.

Late 18th century (in imago (sense 1)): modern Latin use of Latin imago ‘image’. imago (sense 2) dates from the early 20th century.

Example sentences

“When it’s fully formed into an imago, you’ll see the beautiful butterfly it is.”

“Sadly the child’s ego is being hugely effected by the parental imagos.”

Word of the Day – Machree

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Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)

ma’k-ree

As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

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