Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Parergon

Parergon is work that's subsidiary to your main employment, or an ornamental accessory. Parerega is the plural in either case.

As a parergon to writing, I act as a photographic assistant (and I like to think I'm Gary's parergon, although I'm usually more wondswept than ornamental)

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  1. Hi Patsy - good word and one I hadn't heard of ... you're both I'm sure ... ornamental with a glass of vino, windswept standing on our very windy shores! My mother suddenly announced one day about 2 years into her bedridden and stroked state ... that I was her Emanuensis ... her scribe ... I hadn't heard of that either! But it was so fitting ... looks like we have good descriptive words to fit our 'bill of work' - that's not right .. but near enough!

    It's still windy ... but enjoy your next travels ... and hopefully you'll come east fairly soon! Cheers Hilary

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    1. A glass of vino does improve my ornamental qualities, Hilary - doesn't help me stand up against the wind though.

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  2. Very interesting word. I've never heard it before. :-D

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    1. You may well never come across it again, Misha.

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    1. Sorry, Mac. I can leave this one out the end of year test if that helps at all?

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  4. I love that word, Patsy!! As a parergon to writing, I teach English and Business English. Hilary's 'Emanuensis' is also a great word. Have a great week!

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    1. I hope you'll try to include both on your next lesson plan, Nicola.

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  5. That reads a bit like paragon, someone who is perfect. And I think you're Gary's Paragon Parergon. That looks a stormy sky behind you.

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  6. Don't tell me that's July in England! Never heard the word parergon. but there's a lot I've never heard.

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    1. Of course it's not July, Oscar - can you see any rain?

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    2. I don't think so, but I think I see a rain cloud.

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    1. Don't know that one, Lizy? It's shorthand for 'so wonderfully windswept my ability to spell has been blown away'.

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