Word Of The Week: Syzygy

This week’s word is “syzygy.”

It’s kind of a show-off word, because other than in astronomical discussions and literary verses, no one would use this word. In fact, I came across this fun quote about it:

“Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria — anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
―W. P. Kinsella

But still, good to know what it means, right? So, here goes.

Syzygy (SIZ-uh-jee): noun, the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system

ORIGIN: Late Latin syzygia conjunction, from Greek, from syzygos yoked together, from syn- + zygon yoke

First Known Use: circa 1847

SYNONYMS: accent, anapest, beat, cadence, caesura, colon, conjugation, conjunction, connection, contiguity, counterpoint, dactyl, diaeresis, emphasis, foot, iambic, ictus, jingle, junction, juxtaposition, lilt, measure, meter, movement, numbers, perigee, period, pyrrhic, quantity, rhythm, stress, swing, thesis, trochee, union.

Of the two lower Syzygies, or Lower Quaternary of the Aeons, we have no details from the Fathers.
~ “Simon Magus” by George Robert Stow Mead

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S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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