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January 22, 2013


Great post, Stephanie. I love the idea of liberating words from their original context. I think part of the reason I loved studying economics in grad school was that the words were so much fun to say and I wanted to figure out a way to use them in poetry: Heteroscedasticity and multicollinearity were two of my favorites. Stacey

Thanks, Stacey! I've never heard of heteroscedasticity or multicollinearity. Love it.

Well, Stephanie, I'm now caught up on your posts! I was so excited you were back for a whole week since you are truly one of my favorites! Your posts always move me, and get my feet back on the ground. Kind of like yoga...cause my feet head down but my head keeps lifting up. Great stuff you write!

Anyway, I'll take on your word question just because I'm game for it.

Just about six months ago, talking about children and money, my ex-husband the geologist gave me a science word I loved finding a spot for in a poem. Actually, it itched me till I placed it:

fugacity-the tendency/capacity (can be measured) of water (or any other liquid) to find its way out of what contains it.

It comes from the Latin, fuga/fugare which means "to flee"

Love your words, Stacey! Love your posts, Stephanie! They make me wish I knew you.

Jenny, you made my day! I'm a big fan of yours, too! Thanks for taking time to offer such valuable comments. "Fugacity" is wonderful, and I didn't know the meaning until you shared it. The poem you placed it in is very lucky.

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