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Need a little nepenthe* from life?


Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

nasicornous having a horn on the nose.
A late-summer trip to the zoo provided a plethora of photo opps. Who would have thought I’d ever need a pic of a rhino! And lovely she is, don’t you think?

neonate newly born child.
Speaking of lovely, we have a new little peanut of a girl in our extended family. Say hello to our great-niece, born last week.

nephogram photograph of clouds.
This sunset was accompanied by amazing clouds that looked like a rope. I thought is looked like a cosmic tug of war. You can read about it HERE.

*nepenthe something, such as a drink, capable of making one forget suffering.
Originating in Egypt, nepenthe was an anti-depressant potion for sorrow…more simply, a forgetfulness drug. It’s found in ancient Greek mythology and classical Greek literature. The first time nepenthe appears is in the fourth book of Homer’s Odyssey, where it refers to a magical potion given to Helen by an Egyptian queen to eliminate all sorrows with forgetfulness. It may have been made from opium, laudanum, belladonna or wormwood. Whatever it’s claim to fame, the word easily rolls off the tongue and is fun to say.

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22 thoughts on “Need a little nepenthe* from life?

  1. I always love coming here on ABC Day because I always learn something new and today is no exception! Great post for the N Day! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!



  2. I always love to come here too. You find so many words that I have never heard of before. Thanks for the challenge.
    Maybe I have had some Nepenthe because I can never remember the words after I have read them. (:0)


  3. With four children it is the neonatal child for me :-)
    A beauty.


  4. Can we forget suffering, really? Or do we drown it for a time?
    You’re intriguing, per usual.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team


  5. Nasicornous is a great word, I love it :) I’ve learned something, thanks :)


  6. Amazing photos! And thanks for the offer of some nepenthe…today’s sunshine will have to work for me right now though. :D Have a great week!


  7. What a lovely N much variety.. From the rough and thick skin of the Rhino, to the soft and delicate skin of a newborn…

    Very Nice!


  8. So many NEW words for me to learn. :) The neonate is sooo cute. I can’t say the same about rhino, though. :)


  9. Congratulations on the birth of your grandniece. Last week my niece gave birth to little Mary – my second grandniece – so very exciting!

    Nepenthe always reminds me of Big Sur – lovely photos all!


  10. Excellent selections of words, as always. Your great niece is beautiful and the photo is stunning.


  11. Nephenthe sounds like a good drink. What’s it taste like? I hope that it’s good! Here’s mine


  12. Really enjoyed your selection of words today. That little niece is one cute little neonate. Nice choices of N day.


  13. Great photographs. That new little addition is precious!


  14. I love the neonate – what a little beauty. The rhinoceros is pretty fine looking, too.


  15. Very original. Beautiful shots!

    Erika B


  16. Well there. I never knew exactly what nepenthe was, and now I do! :)

    Nice post! I love to learn new words, and yes, the rhino does look lovely. Your great-niece is gorgeous! And you took a wonderfully warm-toned picture of her, too!

    On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)


  17. Loving the new digs!

    I guess I’m a nephagramaniac? That sunset rocks. I’ve got some a lot like it and I love going back to look at them.


  18. Congratulations on the win Lisa. Love the new look!


  19. I love the new look of your blog. Never heard of neonate before.


  20. Awesome new site! As always love your words.


  21. Thank you for the brief nepenthe :)


  22. I could have used the word nephogram for my post today!


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