To dance upon nothing is to be hanged, which in turn is to be married? I can’t tell if these 19th century sailors were really existentially obsessed with the inseparability of sex / marriage and death, or were just really confused about it.
We all come from the same place. This is an important thing to keep in mind.
It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means—time for a weird word! Well, actually, today’s word isn’t really weird per se, but the definition here is certainly not the usual one, and would be rather embarrassing for us if we weren’t lucky enough to be part of the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University (no Academies here!).
This definition of the word is actually not as strange as one might think. In one of his philosophical dialogues called “The Symposium,” Plato, the founder of the original Academy, suggests a connection between the erotic and the life of the mind—the word “philosophy,” in fact, actually means “love of wisdom.” Still, I don’t think this is exactly what Plato had in mind!
This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”