Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Word of the Week #96 - phantasmagoria

phantasmagoria - [fan-taz-muh-GOR-ee-uh] - noun

Definition:
1. A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
2. Any constantly changing scene.

Usage:
Alice in Wonderland is an entire story with that jumbled up phantasmagoria feel of actual dreams.

5 comments:

Jordan said...

Also good: the adjective form, phantasmagoric.

Which always makes me think of the Monkees song "Daily Nightly," which contains the phrase "phantasmagoric splendor." Hard to beat that in song lyrics.

Kimberly said...

That's one of those words I want to use in everyday conversation simply for the pleasure of watching people's eyes glaze over. Love it!

Elana Johnson said...

Or as in, "My life is a phantasmagoria. With no chesire cat."

Krista said...

I always thought this was a made up word and pictured it starting with an 'F'. Caracticus Potts uses it to describe Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: It's phantasmigorical! I probably misspelled Caracticus, too. Fun word!

L.T. Elliot said...

The description of that word feels like poetry to me.