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abracadabra

Postby eberntson » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:16 pm

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a word said by conjurors when performing a magic trick.

noun
[mass noun] informal
language used to give the impression of arcane knowledge or power:
I get so fed up with all the mumbo jumbo and abracadabra

1. a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.
2. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.
3. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Late Latin, probably < Late Greek, perhaps reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; compare abecedary.

More Origin:
late 17th century (as a mystical word engraved and used as a charm to ward off illness): from Latin, first recorded in a 2nd-century poem by Q. Serenus Sammonicus, from a Greek base.

Other Origin: The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis.

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Re: abracadabra

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:13 am

Thanks for pointing out the ABCD thing. The laxt BR must have camouflaged it from me.
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Re: abracadabra

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:15 am

If one must use a word for mystic or pseudomagical prompts, by all means use abracadabra. Never say "hocus pocus". This is a corruption of the first words of the Latin Mass and is an insult to the entire Christian faith..
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Re: abracadabra

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:26 am

eberntson: Remember abecedarians were the anti-alphabet folk, touting illiteracy as the shining path to righteousness, during the radical phase of the Protestant reformation.
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Re: abracadabra

Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:10 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:If one must use a word for mystic or pseudomagical prompts, by all means use abracadabra. Never say "hocus pocus". This is a corruption of the first words of the Latin Mass and is an insult to the entire Christian faith..



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