Sometimes words float about in a circle just barely brushing the periphery of thought. Words that begin with the prefix *para* have been written down in the book of words kept by the lazyboy in the addition, home to the laptop creative core of the Fairegarden blog. Certain words lend themselves to illustration by images captured in the garden recently that will be shared on this Monday*. Let us begin with the prefix itself:
Meaning: by the side of, beside, by, past, to one side, aside from, amiss, beyond, altered, contrary.
No wonder there are so many words with this beginning, this is quite a variety of meanings. For the first image, beyond suits the purpose here. What lies beyond the turn of this garden path?
Meaning: pattern, example, model. From the Greek, para- beside + deiknynai- to show. A simplified analogy for paradigm is a habit of reasoning or, the box in the commonly used phrase “thinking outside the box”. Thinking inside the box is analogous with normal science. The box encompasses the thinking of normal science and thus the box is analogous with paradigm.
Stay with me here, this is the box, the wooden ramp leading from the garage deck, shaded from light and water. The garden lives outside this box. You have been warned officially, some of these may be a stretch.
Meaning: a general term that describes unusual experiences that supposedly lack a scientific explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure.
Like the curvature of my favorite branch is unexplainable, on this often pruned and more often overpruned Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’.
Paranormal has been used to describe the supposed phenomena of extra-sensory perception, including telepathy, and psychokinesis, ghosts, and hauntings. It is also applied to UFOs, some creatures that fall under the scope of cryptozoology, purported phenomena surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and other non-psychic subjects.
Like someone with a camera flitting about in a sleeveless dress between rain showers trying to capture certain elusive subjects with mosquitoes riding along on arms as they, the insects enjoy taking sustenance. And taking a picture of such occurences, truly beyond explanation.
Meaning: Protection from the sun, from para- defense against (from French verb parere “to ward off”) + sole sun. The Sanskrit epic Mahabharata (about 4th century) relates the following legend: Jamadagni was a skilled bow shooter, and his devoted wife Renuka would always recover each of his arrows immediately. One time however, it took her a whole day to fetch the arrow, and she later blamed the heat of the sun for the delay. The angry Jamadagni shot an arrow at the sun. The sun begged for mercy and offered Renuka a parasol.
Many flowers suggest a parasol, sized for smaller folk, like fairies. The Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ seedling is a beautiful example.
Meaning: A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking. One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects: “The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears” (Mary Shelley). An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises. A statement contrary to received opinion. Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter sing. of paradoxos, conflicting with expectation : para-beyond + doxa- opinion (from dokein, to think).
Another D. ‘Bishop’s Children’ seedling, from the same packet as the example for parasol, cannot decide what color it wants to be.
Meaning: A device for slowing the descent of a person or object through the air that consists of a fabric canopy beneath which the person or object is suspended. From the French, para-defense against, like parasol + chute – fall.
The seedhead of the Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota is like a parachute for the wee folk.
Meaning: A place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight. Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It is conceptually a counter-image of the miseries of human civilization, and in paradise there is only peace, prosperity, and happiness. The history of paradise is an extreme example of amelioration, the process by which a word comes to refer to something better than what it used to refer to. … Zoroastrian religion encouraged maintaining arbors, orchards, and gardens, and even the kings of austere Sparta were edified by seeing the Great King of Persia planting and maintaining his own trees in his own garden. Xenophon, a Greek mercenary soldier who spent some time in the Persian army and later wrote histories, recorded the pairidaeza- surrounding the orchard as paradeisos, using it not to refer to the wall itself but to the huge parks that Persian nobles loved to build and hunt in. This Greek word was used in the Septuagint translation of Genesis to refer to the Garden of Eden, whence Old English eventually borrowed it around 1200. Park with animals, walled garden. Compound of pairi- around + diz -to make, form a wall.
The Greek word, originally used for an orchard or hunting park in Persia, was used in Septuagint in New Testament translations of Luke xxiii.43 to mean “heaven”. Meaning “place like or compared to Paradise”.
Amish paste tomatoes come about as close to paradise as anything grown in the Fairegarden.
Meaning: A short tale that illustrates universal truth, one of the simplest of narratives. It sketches a setting, describes an action, and shows the results. It often involves a character facing a moral dilemma, or making a questionable decision and then suffering the consequences. From Greek parabole “a comparison, parable,” literally “a throwing beside,” from para- “alongside” + bole “a throwing, casting, beam, ray,” related to ballein “to throw.”
This connection has not yet been decided upon. Any suggestions?
Meaning: Personal belongings. The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer’s paraphernalia. A married woman’s personal property exclusive of her dowry, according to common law.
Medieval Latin paraphernlia, neuter plural of paraphernlis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman’s property exclusive of her dowry, from the Greek : para beyond + phern-dowry.
The cup and saucer vine, Cobaea scandens fits this one to perfection. A married woman would most assuredly own a lovely personal cup and saucer for tea and other essential beverages.
Meaning: A pattern of drumbeats characterized by four basic beats and alternating left-handed and right-handed strokes on the successive primary beats. The paradiddle is another important snare drum rudiment that will help one get a handle on the sticks. The basic paradiddle is played by the hands with the following repeating pattern:
R L R R L R L L …
Or if one starts with the left hand the paradiddle looks like this:
L R L L R L R R …
Both patterns are the same, and only differ in their starting point.
Early 20th century. An imitation of the sound.
Click here to see drumming by legendary John Henry Bonham, RIP, of Led Zeppelin. There are many videos of his solo performance in the song Moby Dick during the filming of The Song Remains The Same. You know how to find them on youtube. This little taste might whet your appetite to hear more.
This purple pot filled with California poppies, Eschscholzia californica ‘Fruit Crush’ reminds one of a drum.
Meaning: Pair of pants. The Financier volunteered this last *Para* word. This is just the kind of helpful information he is always offering to the writer. Well, we will show his special parapants to the world, the famous ( in our family) Nittany Lion Pants. For those of you who do not know the significance of the symbol embroidered on these corduroy pants, it is the mountain lion mascot from nearby Mount Nittany of the Pennsylvania State University, beloved alma mater of The Financier. College football season begins next saturday with the kickoff at noon. The lazyboys will be positioned in front of the larger television in the main living room with whatever chip dip is decided upon that will bring the most luck to the team. One year it was rotel and velveeta cheese. After having that every week for twelve weeks and the big bowl game at the end of the season, it would be nice to have something more healthful this season.
If when they win, the exact same snacks must be served every game. The same clothes, the same routine must be followed. The Wii Fit yoga regimen has allowed the parapants to once again be worn, after over twenty five years of closet hanging.
WE ARE ——————PENN STATE!
*We wish to thank the wonderful Garden Faerie herself, Monica for dreaming up the idea of Mish Mash Monday.