words, words, words (11)

The only thing today’s words have in common is that they have nothing in common.

Palimpsest. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was published in 1986, but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to the new series of the same name now airing on Hulu. I was browsing through Amazon Prime to score some free reading materials and decided to give it a try. While not my normal go-to genre, I enjoy a good futuristic novel from time to time. So far, this one is living up to the hype. I spotted palimpsest in the opening paragraph and Merriam-Webster provided the definition: “writing material (such as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased.” M-W elaborates, “Nowadays, the word palimpsest can refer not only to such a document but to anything that has multiple layers,” which is the usage here.

Drishti. This Sanskrit term is variously defined as “perception,” “area of focus,” or “focused gaze.” In a yoga class, you might be told to have a drishti gaze by your instructor. Practicing this technique can help you be more mindful and improve concentration. Learn more here, here, and here.  

Fescue. The U.S. Open was held at Erin Hills this past weekend. It was a spectacular tournament in every respect, from the location to the weather, to the outstanding competition. While watching from home, I got to hear one of my favorite golf words again and again: fescue. Google says fescue is “any of a number of narrow-leaved grasses.” This modest definition doesn’t even begin to describe the majesty of yards of tall fescue waving in the breeze alongside a pristine fairway. Of course (ha – golf pun), beauty is in the eye of the beholder; I might have a different opinion if I was wading through the fescue to find my errant ball. See Erin Hills Fescue: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.

 

 

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