this isn't happiness™ (Dan May), Peteski

double exposure shots from Dan Mountford

GOSSAMER [noun] 1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather; a piece of a spider’s web. 2. a thread or a web of this substance. 3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils. 4. any thin, light fabric. 5. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate. [adjective] 6. sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous; of or like gossamer; thin and light. Etymology: Middle English gosesomer. [Kinuko Y. Craft]

NAÏVE [aka NAIVE] [adjective] 1. having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous. 2. having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous. 3. having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique. 4. not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal. Etymology: French, feminine of naïf, Old French naïf, "natural, instinctive"…

LICORNE [noun] French: unicorn - a fabled creature symbolic of virginity and usually represented as a horse with a single straight spiraled horn projecting from its forehead. Etymology: from Old French unicorne, probably a contraction of l’unicorne “the unicorn”. [Steve Roberts]

MARTYAXWAR [noun] known as a manticore in English; a mythical animal typically depicted as having the body of a lion, the head of a man, and the sting of a scorpion. It was thought to have roamed the jungles of India and, like the Sphinx, would ask travellers a riddle and kill them when they failed to answer it. Etymology: from early middle Persian, مارتیا martya, “man” (as in human) and خوار xwar- “to eat”. Art by Wen Hsu.

HALIDOM [noun] 1. anything considered holy; a holy place or thing; a sacred or consecrated thing. 2. a sanctuary. Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hāligdōm, from hālig (holy) + -dōm (suffix denoting state, condition, power, dominion, authority, property, right, office or quality). [BreeAnn Veenstra - The Ceryneian Hind]

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RUSALKA [noun] Slavic mythology: (plural: rusalki or rusalky) a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwelt in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerise them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death. [Tobias Kwan]

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