Word of the week, 24th January

This week’s word is brought to you between the last bursts of my dissertation writing.

Delphically

Del-fih-klee; adverb; obscurely or magically.

This word reminds me of the German word for dolphin, “delfin”, which I find much prettier. “Delphically” comes from the word “Delphic”, which comes from “Delphi”, a site in Greece where the god Apollo supposedly slew a dragon, and means “of, or to do with Apollo and his temples”. I guess that it developed the “obscurely or magically” meaning from the stories about Apollo and Greek myth in general.

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