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The Logophile

n. a lover of words

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NADIR

[nay-der]

n. the lowest point in one’s life


I’m sure you’ve probably heard that everyone has highs and lows in their lives, or that life is a roller-coaster with its own series of peaks and valleys. However, it’s not as simple as that. What if a low just keeps on getting even lower? What if you’re roller-coaster is on the verge of derailing? What if you just can’t take it anymore? It’s easy to tell others that their life will get back on track soon, but when it happens to you it’s not so easy anymore. Life is so much more complicated than a roller-coaster!

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CACOETHES

[kah-coh-ee-thees]

n. an urge to do something inadvisable


There is a force within us that holds us back from doing inadvisable things. However, a voice in our heads sometimes whispers quiet “what ifs” urging us to do the exact opposite of what we are supposed to, tempting us with dares. Yet, in most cases the force overrules and we remain quietly seated during the most boring of meetings, despite the voice urging us to get up, yell, and be free. Sometimes it’s worth the risk, but other times it’s not and that’s something you have to decide; whether you want to obey the force or listen to the voice.

OMPHALOS

[ohm-fo-luss]

n. the centre or hub of something


We deal with loss in somewhat of a strange manner. We can go for a long period of time without ever giving whatever we have lost a moments worth of our time. However, when it is gone, we focus all our energy on that one object, person, or place. It suddenly becomes a central part of life and we begin to wonder how we will live without it. When we lose something is when we truly realize its value.

PHOSPHENES

projector in the theatre

[fos-fo-nees]

n. the stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes


There is something magical about the time right before we fall asleep and right before we fully awake. It’s a moment of transition between living and dreaming. Almost like crossing a bridge where we are able to pluck some of our best and worst memories and combine them with what ifs and other possibilities. Where we are able to imagine anything we want and let our minds wander.

BORBORYGMI

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[bhor-bhor-ihg-my]

n. the rumbling sounds your stomach makes


It terrifies me to think that people everywhere don’t get to eat even one meal a day and have difficulties accessing clean water. We don’t realize how easily we can access these kinds of common necessities, while others struggle to find them. Donate food and toiletries to food banks and shelters because others may depend on them. Also, be kind to those around you because you never know what they’re dealing with.

TACENDA

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[tah-sehn-da]

n. things better left unsaid; matters to be passed over in silence


Silence is powerful. If you can, find a quiet spot and close your eyes. Listen to the background hum of nothingness, mingled with the sturdy thumping of your heartbeat. Let all of your tensions escape into the silence as it envelops you in itself. Silence is underrated, especially in a world full of noises and rowdiness.

QUIETUS

[qwhy-ee-tus]

n. an end or death


Nothing really ever ends or just dies, somewhere it keeps existing. It could be kept alive in the thrumming heart of another, in the lingering scent of a sweater, or swirling through space as stardust. Everything lost, simply wills its keeper not to let them be forgotten.

PAROXYSM

[pare-ock-sizum]

n. a sudden outburst of emotion


Emotions are an important part of human interaction; it’s what makes us collectively unique as a species. We rely on them to express how we are feeling, in hopes that others will respect and empathize with us. Yet, many people don’t seem to realize that other people’s emotions exist until they finally burst. Not everyone will agree with you, but that doesn’t mean that you can simply ignore other people’s emotions. Try and empathize with them and respect their feelings.

RECONCILIATION

[rek-uhn-sil-ee-ay-shun]

n. an act of reconciling (to establish friendly relations between two or more people).

When Canadians are asked to describe why they love Canada many are quick to respond: freedom and diversity. However, Canada has had a difficult past, one which we are still struggling to fix. Canada’s indigenous people have unjustly suffered through generations. Numerous indigenous children were forced to leave their homes and live in residential schools, where they lost their cultural ways. They became strangers both inside and outside of their homes.

We are responsible for helping our indigenous people break free of their past.

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