(a) from the Phoenician and Hebrew aleph: 1, 1000, ox; the Greek alpha (α); Arabic ‘alif; runic ansuz: signals, Loki, mouth; Scottish ailm: the palm tree; ampere; answer; acceleration; adjective; Helmholz function; anarchy; the beginning; highest grade or start.

The Prime Directive: To not interfere with natural development of any living, growing culture or civilization, in any period or dimension unless proven dangerous to other distinctively separate cultures.  (see Non-interference Directive, Star Trek)

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


“1. Principle is endowed in me by Heaven, not drilled into me from outside.  If one understands that principle is the same as master and really makes it his master, one cannot be influenced by external things or fooled by perverse doctrines.”

-Lu Hsiang-shan

A1 (abbr. of first class)

°A (abbr. of degree absolute, now Kelvin)

Å (abbr. of angstrom)

A (abbr. of anion)

AA (abbr. of Alcoholics Anonymous, amino acid, aminoacyl or August Audio)

AAA (abbr. of American Automobile Association or abdominal aortic aneurysm)

AAC (abbr. of augmentative and alternative communication)

Aalto, Alvar (Finnish architect)

Aardwolf (Dutch: earth wolf [Protles cristata])

Aardvark (Dutch: earth pig [Orycterpus])

Aasen, Ivar (Norgwegian philologist & lexicographer)

ABA (abbr. of American Bar Association)

‘Abba ‘Arika (Babylonian ‘amora)

Abbas (king of Persia)

Abbr. (abbr. of abbreviation)

Abbott, Bud (American comedian, Abbott & Costello)

Abdul, Aziz (32nd sultan of Turkey)

Abdul, Aziz Ibn Saud (king of Saudi Arabia)

Abdul-Hamid I & II (sultans of Turkey)

Abdul Me Jid (sultan of Turkey)

Abdur, Rahman Khan (amir of Afghanistan)

Abeetung (Ojibway: he who is [free])

Abel (Hebrew: breath)

Abenezra (Abraham Ben Meir Ibn Ezra, Jewish poet & scholar)

Abercrombie, Lascelles (English poet)

Abercrombie, James (English general)

Abimelech (Philistine king)

Abraham (Hebrew rain god)

Abraham, Ibn David (Jewish philosopher)

So leben wir nehmen immer Abschied.  -Rainer Maria Rilke

Absolute (Latin: solve)

Absolute Zero (lowest temperature theoretically possible, O K=-273.15 C)

“We join with the great majority of Canadians to demand prompt, fair settlement of the territorial and treaty claims of First Nations people, to secure their linguistic, cultural and spiritual needs in harmony with their environment.

“We join with the Canadian people in their support for native self-government and believe that First Nations people should be actively involved in the definition and implementation of this concept.”

-Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future

Abu-Bekr (1st caliph of Muslim Empire, father-in-law of Muhammad)

Abu Graib (Iraq)  see Guatanamo Bay.

AC (abbr. of alternating current or ante Christum, Latin: before Christ [BC])

“For nearly a century they were strangers to France and to Canada.  They had formed habits and built up traditions that made them a seperate people.  They were Acadians.”  -Edouard Richard

Acheba, Chinua (Nigerian Ibo writer)

Acheron (river in Hades)

Achilles (Greek hero of Troy, son of Thetis)

Acker (German: field)

ACLU (abbr. of American Civil Liberties Union)

Actus Reus (Latin, law: physical evidence) 1.circumstancial 2.voluntary physical act 3.consequences.

AD (Latin abbr. of anno Domini: year of our Lord)

ADA (abbr. of American Dental Association or Americans for Democratic Action)

Adams, Ansel (American photographer)

Adams; John & jr. (American presidents)

It would be superfluous for me to point out your lordship that this means war.  -Charles Follen Adams

Adamson, Al (American director)

Addams, Charles (American cartoonist, The Addams Family)

Addams, Jane (American social reformer)

Addison, Joseph (British poet & statesman)

Am I distinguished from you but by toils,
Superior toils, and heavier weight of cares?
Painful pre-eminence! 

Adelaide (queen of Italy)

Admetus (indomitable, king of Pharae, the eromenos of Apollo & handsome, hospitable host of Heracles)

Admetus (king of Thessaly)

Adrenaline (epinephrine)

Adolph (of Nassua, king of Germany)

Adolphus, Frederick (king of Sweden)

Aed (king of Scotland)

Aedile (from Latin aedilis: [one] concerned with buildings) Architecture in general is frozen music.  -Friedrich Von Schelling

Aegeus (king of Athens)

Aegir (Norse sea god)

Aegis (Zeus’ shield)

Aegisthus (son of Thyestes & his daughter Pelopia, the blameless one, who kills Atreus)

Aegisthus (king of Argos)

Aelfric (Grammaticus, English abbot & writer)

Aeneas (Trojan prince, son of Venus)

Aeolus (Greek god of wind)

Aeolipile (the steam engine invented by Hero of Alexandria, 100 AC)

Aepyeornis (Latin: giant flightless bird, e.1660’s)

Aerope (Cretan wife of Atreus)

Aeschylus (father of Greek tragedy) I would rather live as a coward in the service of a poor peasant, with barely enough to eat, than reign over all these wasted dead.

Aesculapius (Greek god of medicine, son of Apollo & Coronis, father of Hygeie & Panacea)

Aesir (Norse: the gods)

Aesop (Phrygian philosopher)

Aestus (Latin: tide)

Aethelred (king or Mercia)

Aethelred (king of West Saxons)

Aethelred II (king of England)

Aethelstan (king of Saxons)

Agave (sister of Semele, mother of Pentheus)

Agememnon (High King of Argos, brother of Menelaus)

Agenor (King of Tyre, father of Europa)

Agesilaus II (king of Sparta)

Aggelos (Greek: messenger, hence English angel)

Agis I, III & IV (kings of Sparta)

Saint Agnes (patron saint of virgins)

Agnus Dei (Latin: lamb of God)

Agoult, Marie Catherine Countess D’ (Daniel Stern, French writer)

Agrippina (the elder, wife of Germanicus, mother of Caligula)

Agrippina (the younger, wife of Claudius, mother of Nero)

Aguilar, Grace (Jewish historian)

Ahab (king of Israel)

Ahasuerus (king of Persia)

Ahaz (king of Judah)

Ahmed I, II & III (sultans of Turkey)

Ahmed, Mirza (shah of Persia)

Ahnoch (Cree: today)

Ahriman (Zoroastrianism: spirit of evil)

AI (abbr. artificial intelligence or artificial insemination)

Ai (Chinese: love, sorrow)

Saint Aidan (Irish monk & missionary)

“The revolution was started by young Freemasons in lodges which had been taken over by revolutionary groups.  The most important of these was a secret organization of called Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera (Help yourself and Heaven will help you).  Most of its members were Freemasons.  It was these young men who manned the barricades against the police and the army during the Three Glorious Days of 25–27 July 1830.  In fierce street fighting, and at the cost of many lives, they first gained control of the working-class suburbs to the east of Paris, the traditionally revolutionary district of the Faubourg St Antoine, and eventually captured the Town Hall.  Charles X abdicated and fled to England.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons

AIDS (abbr. acquired immune dificiency syndrom)

Aikido (Japanese, the way of the samurai)

Aimer (French: to love)

Ainsworth: “The length of time it takes to get served in a camera shop.  Hence, also, how long we will have to wait for the abolition of income tax and the Second Coming.”  -The Book of Liff

Air-conditioning: “An efficient and widely used method for spreading disease.”  -John Ralston Saul  (see The Doubter’s Companion)

“President Truman’s Air Force Secretary put the matter simply: we should not use the word “subsidy,” he said; the word we should use is “security.”  He made sure that military budget would “meet the requirements of the aircraft industry,” as he put it.  One consequence is that civilian aircraft is now the country’s leading export, and the huge travel and tourism industry, aircraft-based, is the source of major profits.”  -Noam Chomsky

“What if somebody blows up a 747 over the Olympic Stadium, or even flies one into the stadium?”

The Special Agent in charge of the Atlanta FBI Office was under the cross-examination for the Washington know-it-alls.  “Sounds like Tom Clancy to me,” he sneered.  I glared at him.  “But if it happens, well, that’s an FAA problem,” he answered.

“Okay.  Admiral Flynn?”  I turned to Cathal Flynn, the retired Navy SEAL who ran FAA security.  Born in Ireland and having spent twenty-five years in the U.S. navy with the name Cathal, Flynn liked to be called “Irish.”

“Well, Dick, we could ban aircraft from over the Stadium during the events by posting a Notice to Airmen,” Irish responded.

“But what if a terrorist hijacks an aircraft and violates that ban?”  I asked.

“Then we would call the Air Force if we saw the aircraft violation ban on radar.  But by then it would be too late,” Flynn intoned in his deep baritone.  “But, of course, we would not even see them on radar if they shut down the transponder on the aircraft.  You see, our radars are not air defense radars.  Our air traffic control radars rely on the aircraft sending out a radio signal to us to tell us its altitude.”  -Richard A. Clarke

Aithiops (Greek: burnt face)

Ajax (the Great, king of Salamis, fought & died at Troy, son of Telamon)

Akbar (Jelal-ed-din-Mohammed, Mogul emperor)

Akhenaton (Ikhnaton, Amenhotep IV; king of Egypt)

Akhmatova, Anna (Anna Andreevna Gorenko, Russian Poet)

Akins, Zoe (American writer)

Akiyoshi, Toshiko (秋吉 敏子 or 穐吉 敏子, Japanese American jazz pianist and composer)

Akua (Hawaiian: God)

Al Aqsa (Palestinian Authority terrorist wing)

Alaric I & II (kings of Visigoths)

Albain (Irish: Scotland)

Albanach (Irish: Scottish, An dli… Scot’s Law)

Albert I & II (kings of Germany)

Albert, Frederick Augustus (king of Saxons)

Albert, Leopold Clement-Marie Meinrad (king of Belgium)

Alberti, Leon Battista (Italian painter)

Albertus, Magnus (Greek theologian)

Albini, Steve (American sound engineer)

Albinoni, Tomaso (Italian violinist & composer)

Albion (Latin: England or Great Britain)

Alcaeus (Greek poet)

Alcestis (wife of Admetus, sacrificed herself for him, only example of philia in women of Greek mythology, saved by Heracles)

Alcinous (king of Phaeacians)

Alcmene (mother of Heracles)

Alcot, Louisa May (American novelist)

Alcyone (daughter of Aeolus)

al-Din Bihzad, Kamal (Persian painter)

Alembert, Jean le Rond D’ (French philopher & mathematician)

Alexander (king of Poland)

Alexander I, II & III (czars of Russia)

Alexander I, II & III (kings of Scotland)

Alexander (king of Epirus)

Alexander (the Great, king of Macedon)

Alexander, Obrenovitch (king of Serbia)

Alexander (king of Greece)

Alexander (king of Yugaslavia)

Alexander, Severus (Roman emperor)

Alexander, Lincoln MacCauley (lieutenant-governor of Ontario)

Alexander, William, Earl of Stirling (Scottish poet & “colonizer”)

Alexandra (queen of Great Britain)

Alexandra (last czarina of Russia)

Library of Alexandria (e. 48 AC)

Alexei, Michailovich (czar of Russia)

Alexius I, II & III (Byzantine emperors)

Al-Fassi, Hatoon Ajwad (هتون أجواد الفاسي, Saudi Arabian professor & activist)


Alfonso VIII, X, XI, XII & XIII (kings of Spain)

Alfonso (1st king of Portugal)

Alfred (the Great, king of Wessex)

Alhazen (Arab mathematician)

Alhazred, Abdul (the mad Arab, author of the accursed Necronomicon) see Lovecraft.

Al-Huwaider, Wajeha (وجيهة الحويدر‎, Saudi Arabian activist)

Alien (Ridley Scott)


Ali, Muhammad (Cassius Clay, Cassius X; American boxer)

Alitros (Greek: rascal)

Alkaloids (organic, containing at least 1 nitrogen atom)  see Codeine, Cocaine, Nicotine, Quinine & Morphine.

Alke (Greek: strength)

As time requireth, a man of marvellous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity, as who say: a man for all seasons.  -Robert Whittington

Al’lah (Arabic: the God)

Allen, Fred (John Florence Sullivan, American comedian)

Allen, Steve (American comedian)

Allen, Viola (American actress)

Alleyn, Edmund (Canadian artist)

Alleyn, Edward (English actor)

Al-Nafjan, Eman (Saudi Arabian activist)


Aloha (Hawaiian: love)

Alpheus (the hunter, who after failing to catch Artemis, became a river to join Arethusa)

Al-Sharif, Manal (منال الشريف‎, Saudi Arabian activist)

AM (abbr. amplitude modulation, americium, ante meridiem or present indicative of be)

Amedeus (king of Spain)

Amalric I & II (kings of Jerusalem)

Amasis I & II (kings of Egypt)

Ame f. (French: soul)

Amenhotep I, II, III & IV (pharaohs of Egypt)

Amer (French: bitter)

America (from Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer & mapmaker; lands west & south of Greenland, east of Asia; the United States)

“I am the point of the weapon.”  -Amergin

Amer-terasu (Japanese sun goddess)

Ami m. (French: friend)

Amish (orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from Mennonites, after Jacob Amman)

Amitie: c’est un contrat tacite entre deux personnes sensibles et vertueuses.  -Voltaire

Amo (Latin: I love [Scott clan motto], Italian Adam)

Amon (Egyptian god of life)

Amour m. (French: love)

AMP (abbr. adenosine monophosphate, ampere or amplifier)

Amphitrite (Greek nereid, wife of Poseidon)

Amphitryon (king of Tiryns)

Amurath I, II, III, IV & V (sultans of Turkey)

Amyntas II (king of Macedonia)

Anacharsis (Scythian philosopher)

Anacreon (Greek poet)

Ananke (Greek: necessity, daughter of Kronos, mother of the Fates)

Anarchy (Greek: lack of a leader)

Anax (Greek: king)

Anaxagoras (Greek philosopher)

Anaximander (Greek philosopher)

Anaximenes (Greek philosopher)

Anchises (prince of Troy, father of Aeneas)

Anderson, Hans Christian (Danish writer)

Anderson, Marian (American contralto singer)

Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d’Agnolo, Florentine painter)

Andrew I, II & III (kings of Hungary)

Andrews, Irene Osgood (American sociologist)

Andromache (wife of Hector)

Andromeda (daughter of Cepheus)

Andronicus I, II, III & IV (Byzantine emperors)

Ani ohev otakh (Hebrew: I love you)

Angelico, Fra (Guido di Pietro, Florentine painter)

Angleton, James Jesus (American Chief of the Office of Special Operations for the CIA [1949])

Anglin, Margaret Frances Mary (Canadian actress)

The Angstones (Ottawa band)

Angstrom, Anders Jonas (Swedish physicist)

Angurboda (Norse giant, wife of Loki)

Angus, Charles Joseph (Canadian musician and MP)

Anka, Paul (Ottawa singer & composer)

Ankou (Death of Brittany)

Aneirin (Celtic poet)

Anna, Comnena (Byzantine princess & historian)

Anna, Ivanovna (empress of Russia)

Anne, Queen (Great Britain, Ireland, 12 American colonies, seven Caribbean islands, Gibraltar, Minorca, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick; House of Stuart, last Scottish ruler)

Saint Anne (patron saint of carpentry)

Anning, Mary (English palaeontologist)

Annus (Latin: year)

Annwn (Welsh Otherworld)

Answers: “A mechanism for avoiding questions.”  -John Ralston Saul

Antaeus (Libyan giant, son of Poseidon & Gaia)

Anu (Sumerian sky god)

Anus: “Excretory opening at end of alimentary canal.”  -The Pocket Oxford Dictionary

Anything is possible.

Aonaibh ri cheile.  -Cameron clan motto

Apate (Deceit, serving maid of Aphrodite)

Apelles (Greek painter)

A is also for Apple (this is the fruit that gave mankind knowledge in Jewish scripture), Adam & Apollo.

Aphrodite (Greek goddess of love)

Apowawin (Ojibway: lucid dream)

April (Greek: Aphrodite, Latin aprilis: to open) 4th, 1968: Martin Luther King jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN; 8th, 1994: Kurt Cobain is found dead in Seattle; 14th & 15th, 1912: Titanic sinks, 1503 people die; 17th, 1961: U.S. invasion of Cuba (Bay of Pigs), 1982: Constitutional Independence of Canada; 18th, 1949: Eire is recognized by British Parliament.

“Our recent record is not good in that part of the world.  The Arabs are no more afraid of our threats and bombs and technology than the North Vietnamese were.  They seem to have other plans, for good or for ill, and on some days you can get a strange feeling–despite the current chaos in the price of OPEC oil–that we are not really included.  They are looking beyond “The American Century,” as Henry Luce called it, and even the Islamic calender puts the year 2001 less than a dog’s life away from today.”  -Hunter S. Thompson, January 13, 1986.

Arab Spring (began December 2010, a wave of revolution & protest, from Western Sahara to Oman)

Arany, Janoz (Hungarian poet)

Arcadius (Byzantine emperor)

Arcand, Denys (Canadian director)

Arcesilaus (Greek philosopher)

Arche (Greek: beginning)

Archelaus (king of Judea)

Archelaus (king of Macedon)

Archelaus (Greek philosopher, thought earth was spherical)

Archilochus (Greek poet, invented iambic verse)

Archimedes (Greek inventor & mathematician)

“Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I’ll begin.”  -Julia S. Lang

Area 51 (Dreamlake, “secret” American airbase, longest runway in the world; U2; A-12, Sr-71 [Blackbirds]; B2 Stealthbomber, F-117 Stealthfighter; Predator; &c)

Ares (Greek war god)

Arete (Greek: excellence, virtue)

Arethusa (Nymph of Artemis, turned herself into a spring to escape Alpheus)

Aretino, Pietro (Italian writer)

Argus (Greek demigod of 100 eyes)

Ariadne (Moni’s daughter)

Aristaeus (son of Apollo & the Nymph Cyrene)

Aristarchus (of Samothrace, Greek grammarian)

Aristippus (of Cyrene, Greek philosopher)

Aristophanes (Greek comic poet)

Aristotle (Greek philosopher) For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious study than history.

Aristrarchus (Greek astronomer, calculated that earth orbits the sun [310-230 AC])

Arminius, Jacobus (Dutch religious leader)

Armstrong, Louis (American jazz trumpet player & singer)

Armstrong, Neil Aiden (American astronaut & 1st man on the moon)


Arndt, Ernst Moritz (German poet)

Arnold, Jack (American director)

Arnulf (Roman emperor)

Arouse, Ye Toiling Millions!

Arouse!  Ye toiling millions, is there nothing to be found

That will raise you to the standard gauge of men that are not bound?

Awake, ye toiling millions, is there nothing left in store

That’s worth the looking after, that would heal ev’ry sore?

Look up ye toiling millions, for there must be something wrong

In a system that denies you work to push yourself along:

When one man strips a thousand of the products of their toil,

Drives children into cellars, while his in a mansion smile.


Arouse!  Ye toiling millions, there is something wrong;

If you persevere and study, you will learn the cause e’re long,

Does the true blame not rest with you? is it not within your power

To build a better system, regulate the working hour?

There will be no need of fighting, begging of your fellow man

To give you leave to labour, when all know the coming plan.

Be ye millions once united what a change in trade would come,

And the speculative gambler will reluctantly succumb.


Only let the sparks of malice in the bosom be once quench’d,

And the morbid seeds of discord be from other subjects wrench’d,

Let the millions once in harmony stand firmly side by side,

And the rights of labour branches will extend out far and wide,

Then arouse ye toiling millions, be united one and all,

To let the right of labour be your motto when we call,

March onward with your banner, for true freedom must yet come,

And by you, ye toiling millions, that great battle shall be won.  –anonymous, The Commonwealth, 1880

Arrested Development (Speech, Headliner, Aerle Taree, Montsho Eshe, Rasa Don & Baba Oje; or a Jason Bateman vehicle)

ART (abbr. acoustic reflex threshold)

Artaxerxes I, II, III & IV (kings of Persia)

Artemis (Greek goddess of the hunt)

Artemisia (queen of Halicarnassus)

Asa (king of Judah)

Ascanius (son of Aeneas)

Asclepius (Greek god of healing, son of Apollo)

Asgard (Norse heaven)

Asiatic Buffalo (Indian, 1 of the WMES)

Asmodeus (Avestan Aesma-daeva: spirit of anger)

Asoka (Indian emperor)

Ass (Norse: a god)

Assalam ‘alaikum (Arabic: peace to you)

Assange, Julian Paul (Australian publisher & founder of WikiLeaks)

Assur-Bani-Bal (Assyrian king)

Astaire, Fred (Frederick Austerlitz, American song & dance man)

Astarte (Phoenician goddess of love & fertility)

Astraea (Greek goddess of justice)

Ate (Greek: divine infatuation, “moral blindness;” Greek goddess of evil & discord, daughter of Zeus)

Aterius (the Minotaur, son of Pasiphae)

Athalia (queen of Judah)

Athamas (King of Orchomenos, son of Aeolus)

Athazagoraphobia: fear of forgetting.

Athelstan (king of Wessex & Mercia)

Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom & art)

Atimia (Greek: loss of civil rights)

Atkinson, Rowan (English comedian)

Atlantis (Santorini, country surrounding Thera in the Aegean sea) “They did not try to reconstruct the empire that had been destroyed, for they were acting according to a universal plan, and it is the whole world that is destined to become the New Atlantis.  The sages have directed our evolution through the centuries, revealing their wisdom to us as we reach the stage where we can use it without again endangering the world.  Their knowledge came from another galaxy.  It was brought by those who became the first leaders of the Atlanteans.  Some of them remained on the earth to continue their instruction; others returned to their point of origin.”  -The Sorcerer’s Handbook

Atlas (son of Poseidon, Titan condemned to hold up the sky for rebelling against the gods)

Atman (Sanskrit: soul or self)

ATP (abbr. adenosine triphosphate, chemical which stores energy in living cells)

Atreus (son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon)

Atreus (king of Mycenae)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (John DeBello)

Attenborough, Sir Richard (British actor)

Attila (king of Huns)

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor (Canadian writer)

August (Augustus Caesar)

Augusta, Marie Luise Katharina (empress of Germany)

Augusta, Victoria (empress of Germany & queen of Prussia)

Augustulus, Romulus (last Roman emperor)

Augustus, Caesar (Gaius Julius Octavianus, Roman emperor)

Aurelian (Roman emperor)

Austen, Jane (English writer)

Austin, Sarah (English writer, mother of Lady Duff-Gordon)

AV (abbr. average, avoirdupois, ad valorem, audio visual, authorized version, Andrew Vincent or 11th month of Hebrew calender)

Avatar (Sanskrit: descent)

Avery, Oswald Theodore (Canadian bacteriologist)

Avogadro’s Law: at equal temperature, pressure & volume in all gases contain the same number of molecules.

AWOL (abbr. absent without leave)

Aya (Apalai: mother)

Aye (Scottish: yes)

Ayeen (Hebrew: nothing)

‘Ayeen (Hebrew: 16th letter of the aleph-bet: [‘]; 70; eye; spring or fountain)

Aykroyd, Dan (Canadian actor)

Azazel (Hebrew: removal, the rebel angel)

Azrael (Hebrew: God has helped, the Hebrew & Islamic angel that takes the soul from the body at death)

Aztec (Nahuah: men of the north, Nahuatl: near the crane)


(be) from the Phoenician bayt: house; Greek beta (β); Hebrew bet: 2, 2000, house; Arabic ba; runic berkana: growth, birch tree; Scottish beith: the birch tree; chemistry: boron; susceptance; magnetic flux density (induction), baryon number; bishop; born; brother; the 2nd grade or next destination.

B- (abbr. electron)

B+ (abbr. positron)

Ba (abbr. barium or Egyptian: soul)

Baba (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Swahili, Mandarin & Bengali: father)

Babel (Akkadian Bab-ilu: God’s gate)

Baby seals: “A superior form of life which holds animistic power over the European imagination.”  -John Ralston Saul

Bacall, Lauren (American actress)

Bach, Johann Sebastian (German composer)

Bache; Francis & Walter (English musicians)

Backlash: “In 1966, a commentator, speaking of “the grand new word, backlash,” claimed without much exaggeration that “just about everything that happened could be (and was) attributed to some form of backlash.” The word came to stand for a topsy-turvy rebellion in which white people with relative societal power perceived themselves as victimized by what they described as overly aggressive African Americans demanding equal rights. Backlash, as the New York Times columnist Tom Wicker wrote, “is nothing more nor less than white resentment of Negroes.”” -Lawrence Glickman, The Atlantic

Bacon, Albion Fellows (American social reformer)

Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans (English philosopher)

Bacon, Francis (British painter)

Bactrian camel (2 humps)

Badawi, Samar Mohammad (سمر بدوي‎, Saudi Arabian activist)


Baer, Karl Ernst von (Estonian zoologist)

Baez, Joan (American folk singer)

Baffin, William (English navigator)

Bagge, Peter (American comics artist & writer, Hate)

Baggesen, Jens Immanuel (Danish poet)

Bahadur, Shah II (last Mogul emperor of Hindustan)

Bahai (founded by Bahaullah in 1863)

Bahram I, II, II, IV & V (Persian kings)

Bailey, Nathan (English lexicographer)

Baillie, Lady Grizel (Scottish poet)

Baird, John Logie (Scottish developer of the television)

Balder (Norse god of sun, light, peace & justice)

Baldwin I, II & IV (kings of Jerusalem)

Baldwin I & II (emperors of Rumania)

Baldwin; Alec, Daniel, Stephen & William (American actors)

Baldwin, James Arther (American writer)

Balinese Tiger (e.1952)

Ball, Lucille (American comedian & studio head, Desilu; Star Trek, Mission: Impossible)

Balzac, Honore de (French novelist)

Ban (king of Scotland)

Ban (Persian: lord of masters)

Bancrotf; Sir Squire & Lady Effie Wilton (English actors)

Band, Charles (American director)

Bandello, Matteo (Italian novelist)

Bang, Hermann Joachim (Danish novelist)

Bangs, John Kendrick (American novelist)

Banks, Iain (Scottish writer)

Bankers: “Pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted.”  -John Ralston Saul

Bannisteria caapi (Latin: harmaline, banisterine, telephathine), called yage or ayuahuaska.

Banner, Dr. Bruce (Bill Bixby, Mark Ruffalo)

Banting, Sir Frederick Grant (Canadian physician, co-discoverer of insulin)

Bapa (Malay: father)

Barbarella (Roger Vadim, Jane Fonda)

Barbauld, Anna Letitia (English poet)

Barclay, Alexander (Scottish poet)

Barclay, John (Scottish satirist)

Bardot, Brigitte (French actress & model)

Barker, Elsa (American author)

Barlach, Ernest (German artist & poet)

Barlow, Jane (Irish author)

Barmy (British slang: crazy or foolish)

Barnard, Lady Anne (Scottish poet)

Barnes, William (English poet & philologist)

Barnes & Barnes (Fish Heads)

Barnveldt, Jan Van Olden (Dutch statesman)

Barnum, Phineas Taylor (American showman)  There’s a sucker born every minute.

Barocchio, Giacomo (Italian architect)

Baron, Michel (French actor)

Barque (“three-masted ship, square-rigged o the fore and main masts, and fore-and-aft on the mizzen.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)

Barr, Robert (Scottish writer)

Barratry “(1) Act of stirring up quarrels or breaches of the peace. (2) Fraudulent act by a master-mariner against the owner of a ship, ebezzlement, etc.  (3) In Scots law, the crime of a judge who accepts bribery.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Barrett, Lawrence (American actor)

Barrett, Syd (British folk musician, Pink Floyd)

Barrias; Felix Joseph & Louis Ernest (French artists)

Barrie, Sir James Matthew (Scottish writer)  There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.

Barrientos, Maria (Spanish coloratura soprano)

Barrington, George (Waldron, Irish actor)

Barron, James (American naval commander)

Barrow, Isaac (English mathematician)

Barrowman, John Scot (American actor, Captain Jack Harkness)

Barry, Elizabeth (English actress)

Barry, John (American naval commander)

Barry; Ann Street & Spangler (Irish actors)

Barrymore; Drew, Ethel, Goergiana, John, Maurice & Lionel (American actors)

Bartel, Paul (American director)

Bartholdi, Frederick Auguste (French sculptor, Statue of Liberty)

Bartholomew, John (Scottish cartographer, founded the Edinburgh Geographical Institute)

Bartlett, Robert Abram (Canadian explorer)

Barton, Clarissa Harlowe (American founder of the Red Cross)

Baryshnikov, Mikhail (Russian dancer)

Basawan (Indian painter)

Bashkirtseff, Marie (Russian writer, artist & musician)

Basic Income (see Pay)

Basil I & II (Byzantine emperors)

Basilides (Gnostic philosopher)

Basilisk: “imaginary malignant monster of the ancients (cockatrice); genus of lizards.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Basie, Count (William, American jazz musician)

Basketball (James Naismith)

Basselin, Oliver (Vaux-de-vire, French poet)

Bast (Egyptian cat goddess)

Bataille, Henry (French writer)

Bate, Dr. Humphrey (and his Possum Hunters, American country harmonica player)

Bateman; Hezekiah Linthicum, Sidney Frances, Kate & Ellen (American actors)

Bateman; Jason & Justine (American actors)

Order of Bath (“order of chivalry in U.K., founded 1399, refounded 1725 and 1815, and frequently extended since.  Originally a purely military order, it received in 1815, a civil element; was remodeled in 1847, and since then several times enlarged; the civil and military badges, which are slightly different, alike bear the motto, Tria junct a in uno, about rose, shamrock, and thistle, ceremony of installation restored by the King (1913); first held May 1920.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Saint Bathilda (English princess)

Bathori, Elizabeth (Polish princess)

Bathory, Sigismund (prince of Transylvania)

Batman (Bob Kane & Bill Finger; Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale)

Batrachomyomachia “(Gk. ‘battle of the frogs and mice’), mock-epic, in hexameter verse, of unknown authorship, sometimes ascribed to Homer.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Batten, Jean (New Zealand aviator)

Baudelaire, Charles Pierre (French poet)

Bauer, Caroline (German actress)

Bauer, Harold (English pianist)

Bauhaus (German: architecture house)

Baum, Lyman Frank (American writer)

Baumbach, Rudolf (German poet)

Baxter, Andrew (Scottish metaphysician)

Bayle, Pierre (French writer & philosopher)

Bayliss, Sir William Maddock (English physiologist)

To “be” is to remain the same (abbr. beryllium [Be]).  Bees on the other hand make honey!

Beach, Alfred Ely (American inventor)

BC (abbr. British Columbia or before Christ [see AC])

Bean (Irish: woman, Irishwoman)

Bean, Mumford (and his Itawambians, American country fiddle player)

Beattie, James (Scottish poet)

Beau (“the leader of male fashion in XVIII. and early XIX. cent’s, the period of wig, patch, powder, enameled snuff-box, satin knee-breeches, etc., which may be studied in Austin Dobson’s Ballad of B. Brocade.  Bath. Tunbridge Wells, Harrogate, Scarborough, and other resorts to which the rank and fashion flocked to take the waters, offered highly organized social enjoyments culminating in the Assembly and presided over by the b.; the b. owed his position largely to his wit, but chiefly to his elegance.

“One of the earliest was Richard Nash (fl. 1700), who held sway over Bath as master of ceremonies, (1704-20); George Bryan Brummell (1778-1840), who was raised from lowly rank by the Prince of Wales and flourished until 1816, was accepted by royalties as their superior; the last of the b.’s was the Frenchman, Alfred, Count d’Orsay (1798-1852), who lived a good deal in England, where he initiated modern dress, and was best known to foreigners through the operas of Mozart and Rossini respectively; inimitable Memoires.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Beaumont; Francis & Sir John (English writers)

You meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes,
More by your number, than your light;
You common people of the skies,
What are you when the moon shall rise?

-Sir Henry Wotton

Beatus ille, qui procul negotiis,

Utprisca gens mortalium

Patema rura bubus exercet suis,

Solutus omni faenore.


Beavoir, Roger de (Eugene Auguste Roger de Bully, French novelist)

Beaver (Castor fiber & castor canadensis)

Beaverbacks: Canadian version of American Greenbacks, supporters of the Land, Labour and Currency Reform Party (platform: “(1) an end to the bank system and inflation (2) nationalization of railways and telegraphs (3) an armed militia instead of a standing army (4) equality under the law (5) honest elections (6) full employment at living wages (7) no big monopolies of wealth or land”  –N. Brian Davis, The Poetry of the Canadian People

Bechet, Sidney (American jazz clarinet & soprano saxophonist)

Beck, Jacob Sigismund (German philosopher)

Becker, Heinrich (German actor)

Beckett, Samuel (Irish writer)

Becquerel; Antoine Cesar, Alexandre Edmond & Anotine Henri (French physicists)

Beecher; Henry Ward & Lyman (American clergymen & reformers)

Beedaubun (Ojibway: coming down)

Beethoven, Ludwig van (German composer)

Beddoes, Thomas Lovell (English poet)


From that they found most lovely, most abhorred,
my parents made me: I was born like sound
stroked from the fiddle to become the ward
of tunes played on the bear-trap and the hound.

Not one, but seven entrances they gave
each to the other, and he laid her down
they way the sun comes out.  Oh, they were brave,
and then like looters in a burning town.

Their mouths left bruises, starting with the kiss
and ending with the proverb, where they stayed;
Never in making was there brighter bliss,
followed by darker shame.  Thus I was made.

-Alden Nowlan

“All this would be better than behaving well by obeying the law as enforced by police, working productively for the contrived reinforcers called money, and studying to get marks and grades.”

-B. F. Skinner

Behan, Brendan (Irish writer & rebel)

Behring, Emil Von (German bacteriologist)

Behn, Aphra (English novelist)

Beiderbeckel “Bix” (American jazz cornetist)

Beirim greim (Irish: bite v.)

Beith, John Hay (Ian, English soldier & writer)

Bejart, Armande Claire Elizabeth (French actress)

Bekhterev, Vladimir Mikailovich (Russian neuropathologist)

Bel (“signifying ‘lord’ or ‘master’; principal Babylonian deity, whose temple was in the sacred city of Nippur; cf. Baal.  Among his various titles are “king of the lands,” “king of heaven and earth” and “father of the gods.”  His temple at Nippur was called E-Kur, or “mountain house.”  Around the chief temple, which was constantly being decorated and added to, were built temples and altars to other gods, until a whole section in the city became a religious precinct, with the general name of E-Kur.  When Babylon succeeded Nippur in importance, the titles of the Nippur deity were given to Marduk, reigning deity of Babylon.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Bela III & IV (kings of Hungary)

Bell, Alexander Graham (Scottish inventor of the telephone [1876])

Bell; Sir Charles & John (Scottish surgeons & anatomists)

Bell, Ed (American blues musician)

Bellamy, George Anne (English actress)

Bellerophon (son of Poseidon, slayer of Chimaera)

Bellini; Gentile, Giovanni & Jacopo (Venetian painters)

Bellman, Karl Mikael (Swedish poet)

Bellona (Roman goddess of war)

Bellow, Saul (Canadian writer)

Ben “(1) In Scot two-roomed cottage (‘a but and a ben’) the kitchen, or outer room, is known as the but, the inner chamber, opening from the kitchen, the ben.  (2) Gaelic for mountain, (e.g.) Ben Nevis (3) Arab and Hebr. for s. of, (e.g.) Rabbi ben Ezra, Benjamin.”  -World’s Popular Encylopedia

Benavente y Martinez, Jacinto (Spanish playwright)

Bendis (moon goddess of Thrace)

Bendl, Karel (Bohemian composer)

Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  -John 8:23

Benet; Stephen Vincent & William Rose (American writers)

Benigni, Roberto (Italian actor)

Ben Mhenni, Lina (لينا بن مهني, Tunisian activist)


Bennett; James Gordon & jr. (American journalists)

Benny, Jack (Benjamin Kubelsky, American comedian)

Benoit, Peter Leonard Leopold (Flemish composer)

Benson; Arthur, Edward, jr. & Robert (American writers)

Beowolf: 8th century English poem.

Berengar (king of Italy)

Bergman, Ernst Ingmar (Swedish director)

Bergman, Ingrid (Swedish actress)

Bering, Vitus (Danish explorer)

Berkeley, George (Irish philosopher & clergyman)

Berlin, Irving (Israel Baline, Russian songwriter)

Berlioz, Hector (French composer)

Bern, Dan (American folk musician)

Bernard; Jean-Jacques & Tristan (French dramatists)

Bernays; Jacobe & Michael (German writers)

Bernhardt, Sarah (Henriette Rosine, French actress)

Bernoulli; Daniel, Jakob & Johann (Swiss mathematicians)

Bernstein, Leonard (American conductor & composer)

Berry, Chuck (Charles Edward Anderson, American rock musician)

Berzerk (Scandinavian hero)

Berton, Pierre Francis (Canadian writer)

Berzelius, Jons Jakob, Baron (Swedish chemist)

Besant, Annie (Wood, English theosophist)

Best, Charles Herbert (Canadian physisian, co-discoverer of insulin)

Best, James (American actor)

Bethlen, Gabriel (prince of Transylvania, elected king of Hungary)

Bethune, Mary McLeod (American educator)

Bethune, Norman (Canadian physician)

Betterton, Thomas (English actor)

Bevan, Aneurin (Nye, British politician)

Bharthihari (Indian poet)

Bhavabhuti (Indian dramatist)

Bhiksu (Sanskrit: monk)

Bia (Greek goddess of violence)

Biafra, Jello (American rock singer, The Dead Kennedys)

Biko, Steve (Bantu Stephen Biko, South African martyr)

Bilbster: “A pimple so hideous and enormous that you have to cover it with sticking plaster and pretend you’ve cut yourself shaving.”  -The Book of Liff

Bilderdijk, Willem (Dutch poet)

Bildungsroman (German: education novel)

“As a general thing, if you want to get at the truth of a particular arguement, hear both sides and believe neither.”  -Josh Billings

Bin Ladan, Osama (Saudi ex-CIA operative)

Birds: evolved dinosaurs (British slang: women)

Birds and the Bees (sex, both pollinate plants)

Bishop, William Avery (Canadian airman)

Bizet, Georges (Alexandre Cesa Leopold, French composer)

Bjork (Gudmundsdottir, Icelandic musician & singer)

Blaberos (Greek: harmful)

Blaec (Anglo Saxon: black)

Blac (Anglo Saxon: white)

Black Death (13th & 17th century epidemics in Europe of bubonic plague)

Black, Frank (American rock musician, Pixies)

Black, Joseph (Scottish chemist & physician)

Black Hawk (Makataimeshekiakiak, chief of Sauk & Fox tribes)

Black Triangle (Ottawa band)

Black Watch (“Highland regiment, wearing dark tartan; established 1688, to repress Jacobitism, comprises old 42nd and 73rd Regiments.”  -World Popular Encyclopedia

Blackie, John Stuart (Scottish scholar & poet)

BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM, A civil rights motto & movement in retaliation for the murder of Black people, mostly by police)

Blacklock, Thomas (Scottish poet)

Black Panther Party (BPP, Marxist militant [open carry] “copwatchers” and Black community organizers)

Blackwell, Elizabeth (1st female American physician)

Blackwell, Francis (Scrapper, American blues musician)

Blackwell, Lucy Stone (American suffrage activist)

Bladud (British king)

Blair, Robert (Scottish poet & preacher)

Blake, Arthur (Blind, American blues musician)

Blake, Edward (Irish prime minister of Ontario)

Blake, William (English poet)

Blamire, Susanna (English poet)

Blanc, Mel (American actor)

Bland; Edith & Hubert (English writers)

Blanqui, Louis Auguste (French revolutionary against Napoleon III)

Blasco, Ibenez Vicente (Spanish novelist)

Blessington, Marguerite Countess of (Irish writer)

Blevin; Ed & Frank (Frank Blevins and his Tar Heel Rattlers, American country musicians)

Bliadhna nan Caorach (Scottish: The Year of the Sheep)

Bligh, William (English poet)

Blind, Mathilde (English poet)

Block (consensus hand signal, major moral or practical problems with ideas being expressed, the individual making this gesture would leave the group if those ideas were enacted; forearms crossed like an “x”)

Blodeuwedd (Welsh: owl, woman turned to an owl for plotting to kill her husband for another lover)

Blondin, Charles (Jean Francois Gravelet, French acrobat & tightrope walker)

Bloody Sunday (Russian & Irish massacres)

Blue, Ben (Canadian actor)

Blunt; Wilfred Scawen & Lady Anne (English writers)

Blythe, James (Jimmy, American jazz piano player)

BNA (abbr. British North America)

Boabdil, Abu Abdallah (king of Granada, last of Moorish kings)

Boadicea (British queen)

Bocage, Manoel Marie Barbosa du (Portugese poet)

Boccaccio, Giovanni (Italian author)

Boccage, Marie Anne Fiquet du (French poet)

Bocchus (king of Mauretania [Morocco])

Bodhisattva: being of wisdom (Mahayana Buddhist dedicated to the salvation of mankind)

Bodmin: “The irrational and inevitable discrepancy between the amount pooled and the amount needed when a large group of people try to pay a bill together after a meal.”  -The Book of Liff

Boehme, Jakob (German philosopher)

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus (Roman philosopher)

Bogarde, Dirk (Derek Niven van den Bogaerde, British actor)

Bogart, Humphrey DeForrest (American actor)

Boggs, “Dock” (American country banjo player & singer)

Bohr; Aage Niels & Niels Henrik David (Danish physicists)

Boleslaw I, II & III (king of Poland)

Bolivar, Simon (the Liberator, Venezuelan revolutionary)

Bolton; Charles & Sarah (American writers)

Boltzmann, Ludwig (Austrian physicist)

Bonheur, Rosa (French artist)

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (German philosopher)

Bonner, Geraldine (American writer)

Bonney, William H. (Billy the Kid, American outlaw, killed 21 by age 21)

Bonaparte, Napoleon (French general turned self-styled emperor)

B is also for Book (Greek biblos, bible) & Bat.

Boole, George (British mathematician & logician)

Booth; Ballington, Evangeline, Maud, William & jr. (English Salvation Army founders)

Booth, Charles (British social scientist)

Booth; Edwin Thomas, John Wilkes & Junius Brutus (American actors)

Borden, Gail (American inventor of condensed foods)

Borden, Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Laird (prime minister of Canada)

Bordet, Jules (Belgian serologist & immunologist)

Boreas (the north wind, son of Atreaus & Eos)

Borges, Jorge Luis (Argentinian writer)

Boris III (czar of Bulgaria)

Boris, Fedorovich Godunov (czar of Russia)

Borlaug, Norman Ernest (American agronomist)

Born, Max (British theoretical physicist)

Borromini, Francesco (Castelli, Baroque architect)

Bosch, Hieronymus (Flemish painter)

Bose, Sir Jagadis Chandra (Indian physicist)

“On the evening of Thursday 16 December 1773, either 60 or 200 men dressed as native Americans — there are conflicting accounts as the numbers — came out of the Green Dragon Tavern near the port of Boston, where the St Andrews Freemasons’ lodge met once a month on a Thursday.  The ‘Indians’ boarded three British ships which were anchored at Griffins Wharf in Boston harbour.  They broke open 340 chests containing teas and threw the tea into the water.  The value of the tea was about £10, 000 (£300,000 in terms of 1999 prices).  The ‘Indians’ then returned to the Green Dragon Tavern, and were never seen again.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons

Boswell, James (Scottish author)

Bothwell, James Hepburn 4th Earl of (Lord High Admiral of Scotland, married Mary Queen of Scots)

Botticelli, Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (Sandro, Italian artist)

Boucher, Francois (French painter)

Boucicault, Dion (Irish dramatist & actor)

Boudicca (queen of the Iceni)

Les bourgeois, ce sont les autres.  -Jules Renard

Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (Irish writer)

Bowie, David (David Robert Jones, British rock musician)


Bova; Phillip & jr. (Ottawa musicians & engineers)

Boy Scouts (Lieut.-Gen Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, Ernest Seton-Thompson’s ‘Woodcraft Indians’ & Dan Beard’s ‘The Sons of Daniel Boone.’)

Boycott, Captain (evicted Irish tenant, hence the verb)  see Land League.

Boyle, Robert (the father of chemistry, Irish physicist & chemist)

Boyd, Edwin Alonzo (Canadian bank robber)

Bp (abbr. bishop, boiling point, blood pressure or global oil company)

Brackage, Stan (American filmmaker, Dog Star Man)

Bradbury, Ray Douglas (American writer)

Braddon, Mary Elizabeth (English novelist)

Bradlaugh, Charles (British politician)

Bradshaw, Henry (English monk & poet)

Bragg; Sir William Henry & Sir William Lawrence (British physicists)

Bragg, Billy (English folk singer)

Bragi (Norse god of poetry, son of Wodin & Gunlod)

Braham, John (Abraham, English vocalist)

Brahe, Tycho (Danish astronomer)

Brahma (Hindu: the Creator, Sanskrit brahman: prayer)

Brahms, Johannes (German composer)

Braille, Louis (French inventor)

Bramante, Donato (Italian architect)

Brando, Marlon (American actor)

Brannum, Hugh (Lumpy, Mr. Green Jeans, American jazz musician)

Braque, Georges (French cubist painter)

Brae (Scottish: mountain)

Breau, Edgar (Canadian rock musician, Simply Saucer)

Brecht, Bertolt (German writer)

Bremer, Fredrika (Swedish novelist)

Saint Brendan (Irish abbot)

Brennus (“name of two Celtic chieftans of Gaul, the first of whom burned Rome, 390 B.C.; the second invaded Greece, 280 B.C..”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)

Breton, Andre (French surrealist poet)

Breuer, Josef (Austrian physician & psychologist)

Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham (American author)

Brewster, Sir David (Scottish scientist)

Breytenbach, Breyton (South African poet)

Brian (chief king of Ireland)

Briareus (Aegaeon, Greek god of 300 arms & 50 heads)

Saint Bridget (patron of Sweden)

For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

-William Shakespeare

Brigit (Spanish sea goddess)

Brittain, Donald (Canadian filmmaker)

Broglie, Louis Victor 7th Duc de (French physicist)

Bronte; Emily, Anne & Charlotte (British poets)

Brooks, Albert (Einstein, American comedian)

Brooks, James L. (American director & producer)

Brooks, Mel (American comedian)

Broonzy, William Lee Conley (Big Bill, American blues musician)

Broadbent, Ed (Canadian leader of the NDP)

Bouazizi, Mohamed  (Tunisian street vendor)

Brouwer, Adrian (Dutch painter)

Brown, Chester (Canadian comics artist & writer, Yummy Fur)

Brown; Ford Madox & Oliver Madox (English artists)

Brown, James (The Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Soul Brother Number One, &c.)

Brown, John (American abolitionist)

Brown, John (Scottish escort) “the Rev. Norman MacLeod, the Queen’s Chaplain, confessed on his death bed to conducting the marriage ceremony…” (-Lewis Harcourt, The Globe and Mail)

Brown, Robert (British botanist)

Brown, Steve (American jazz double bass player)

Brown, Thomas (Scottish philosopher)

Brown, Thomas Edward (Manx poet)

Browne, Charles Farrar (Artemis Ward, American comedian)

Browne, Hablot Knight (Phiz, British illustrator)

Browne, Isaac Hawkins (English poet)

Browning; Elizabeth Barrett & Robert (English poets) I feel for the common chord again…  The C Major of this life. 

Brubeck, David Warren (American pianist & composer)

Bruce, Lenny (Leonard Alfred Schneider, American comedian)

Bruce, Michael (Scottish poet)

Bruegel; Jan, Peiter & jr. (Flemish painters)

Bruma (Latin: winter solstice)

Brummel, Elizabeth Pearl Salisbury (Canadian poet)

Brummell, George Bryan (Beau, Welsh fop)  I always like to have the morning well-aired before I get up.

Brunelleschi, Filippo (Italian architect)

Dort, wo man Bucher
Verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am
Ende Menschen.  -Heinrich Heine

Buddhism (Four Noble Truths: “1) that all life is inevitably sorrowful; 2) that sorrow is due to craving; 3) that it can only be stopped by the stopping of craving; and 4) that this can only be done by a course of carefully disciplined and moral conduct, culminating in the life of concentration and medication led by the Buddhist monk.”

Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc Comte de (French biologist)  The style is the man.

Bujold, Genevieve (Canadian actress)

Bukowski, Charles (American drunk & poet)

Bullock, Shan (Irish novelist)

Bunch, William (Peetie Wheatstraw, American blues musician)

Bunsen, Robert Wihelm Von (German chemist)

Bunyan, John (English religious leader)

Buonamici, Major Vince (Canadian military officer & primary source of the Somalia inquiry)

Burbage; James & Richard (English actors)

Burger, Gottfried August (German poet)

Burgess, Anthony (British writer)

Burke, Martha Jane (Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman)

Burnett, Carol (American comedian)

Burnett, Dick (Burnett & Rutherford, American country guitar, banjo player & singer)

Burnett, Frances Eliza Hodgson (English novelist)

Burney, Fanny (Madame D’Arblay, English novelist)

Burnham, Clara Louise (American author)

Burns, George (American comedian)

Burns, John (British politician)

Burns, Robert (Scottish poet)

Lines Written on a Bank-note

Wae worth thy power, thou cursed leaf!

Fell source o a’ my woe and grief,

For lack of thee I’ve lost my lass,

For lack of them I scrimp my glass!

I see the children of affliction Unaided,

through they curs’d restriction

I’ve seen the oppressor’s cruel smile

Amid his hapless victim’s spoil;

And for thy potence vainly wish’d,

To crush the villain in the dust.

For lack of thee, I leave this much-lov’d shore,

Never, perhaps, to greet old Scotland more.

Burpee; David & Washington Atlee (American horticulturalists)

Burr, Raymond (Canadian actor)

Burritt, Elihu (American humanitarian)

Burroughs, Edgar Rice (American writer)

Burroughs; William S. & jr. (American junkies & writers)

Burton, Richard (Jenkins, Welsh actor)

Burton, Robert (Democritus Junior, English writer)

Burton, Tim (American director)

Bush, George & jr. (American presidents)

Bushido (Japanese: way of the warrior)

Bushnell, David (father of the submarine, American inventor)

Busiris (Egyptian king, son of Poseidon & Lyssianassa)

Busoni, Gerruccio Benvenuto (Italian composer, conductor & pianist)

Bummeln (German: pub crawl)

Buonamici, Maj. Vince (Canadian Somalia Inquiry whistleblower)

Buonarroti, Michelangelo (Italian sculptor)

Butler, Nicholas Murray (American educator)

Butler, Samuel (English poet)

Butler, Samuel (English novelist)

Byalik, Chaim Nachman (Hebrew poet)

Bycatch: over 300 000 marine mammals that die accidentally every year in fisherman’s nets.

Byng, George Viscount Torrington & John (English admirals)

Byrd, William (English composer)

Byrne, David (American musician & artist, Talking Heads)

Byron, George Gordon, IV Baron (British poet)

Byron, Hon. John (English vice-admiral, Governor of Newfoundland, grandfather of George)


(se) from the Phoenician gimel; Scottish call: the hazel tree; Etruscan, Roman numeral for 100; 3rd; average grade; capacity; cape; carat; centigrade; century; chapter; chief; circa; city; conservative; mathematics: constant; celsius; chemistry: carbon; coulomb; physics: velocity of light (2.997 925x108ms-1) or charge conjugation.

© (abbr. copyright)

Ca (abbr. calcium)

Caballero, Fernan (Cecillia Francisca Larrea, Spanish novelist)

Saint Charles Xavier Cabrini (Maria Francesca, Mother Cabrini; Italian founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart)

Cadmus (king of Illyria, founder of Thebes, brother of Europa, grandfather of Dionysus–who saved Zeus & Olympus from Typhon)

Cada (Latin: fall)

Cadogan: lidless teapot (after William Cadagan, 1st Earl of Cadogan [1675-1726]).

Caecus (Latin: blind)

Caed (Latin: cut)

Caedmon (1st English poet)

Ceard (Scottish: artist or craftsman, from Old Irish cerd: art or artist)

Caer y troiau (Welsh: the city of turnings)

Caesar, Gaius Julius (Roman general & dictator)

Caffeine (Theine, white crystalline purine)

Cage, John (American composer)

Cagliostro, Alessandro Conte di (Giuseppe Balsamo, Italian alchemist & magician)

Cagney, James (American actor)

Caird; Edward & John (Scottish philosophers)

Cajun (American Acadian)

Cal (abbr. calorie, calender or caliber)

Calderon de la Barca, Pedro (Spanish dramatist)

Caldwell, Erskine Preston (American author)

Cale, John (American musician & producer, The Velvet Underground)

Caledonia (Roman: Scotland)

Caligula, Caius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Roman emperor)

Caligynephobia: fear of beautiful women.

Calimachus (Greek poet & scholar)

Callas, Maria (Anna Kalogeropoulos, American coloratura soprano)

Calliope (Greek muse of epics)

Calvin, John (French founder of Presbyterianism)

Calypso (Greek nymph of the island Ogygia, daughter of Atlas, she who conceals things)

Camargo, Marie Anne (French ballet dancer)

Cambria (Latin: Wales)

Cambridge, Richard Owen (English poet)

Cameron, James (Canadian director)

Cameron, John Allan (the godfather of Celtic music in Canada)

Cameron, Julia Margaret (British photographer)

Cameron, Rod (Roderick Cox, Canadian actor)

Cameron of Lochiel, Sir Ewen (Highland chieftain, Cameron Clan)

“The history of the regiment goes back to 1861, when a number of militia companies in the Ottawa area were organized into a regiment that soon became the 43rd Carleton Battalion of Infantry, headquartered in Bells Corners.  Under various different names and organizational structures, they fought through every war in which Canada was involved in its first century of statehood.  In 1867, the battalion, which at that time was known as the Carleton Blazers, served as the guard of honour for the opening of Canada’s first parliamentary session.

“In 1910, the Duke of Cornwall, who later became King George V, was sufficiently impressed by his inspection of the 43rd Battalion that he asked to become its colonel-in-chief.  The battalion was renamed the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles.

“Members of the Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles served in the First World War under various different regiments, including the 2nd Battalion.  Shortly after the war, the regiment was reorganized into The Ottawa Highlanders, and was turned into a Highland regiment, meaning its troops marched on parade in a kilted uniform.

“In the 1920s, and alliance with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of the British army led to the name the regiment bears to this day, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.

“In the Second World War, the Camerons were stationed in Iceland until 1941, when the unit proceeded to Britain.  They landed in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the only Ottawa unit to hit the beaches in France on that historic day.  That summer, the regiment fought at Carpiquet, Buron, Authie and Caen.  The regiment was preparing for an attack on Aurich and Emden when Germany surrendered on May 5, 1945.”  -The Ottawa Citizen

“The Cameronians, I have discovered, are or were an uncompromising remnant of the Covenanters–those Scots who in the seventeenth century bound themselves, with God, to resist prayer books, bishops, any taint of popery or interference by the King.  Their name comes from Richard Cameron, an outlawed, or ‘field,’ preacher, soon cut down.  The Cameronians–for a long time they have preferred to be called the Reformed Presbyterians–went into battle singing the seventy-fourth and the seventy-eigth Psalms.  They hacked the haught Bishop of St. Andrews to death on the highway and rode their horses over his body.  One of their ministers, in a mood of firm rejoicing at his own hanging, excommunicated all the other preachers in the world.”  -Alice Munro

Camerado, this is no book,
Who touches this touches a man,
(Is it night? Are we here together alone?)

-Walt Whitman

The Whitmanian word Camerado presents an interesting challenge to Vasseur’s vaguely homophobic sensibilities, and perhaps represents something of a cop-out in his attempts to maneuver around openly gay love. Camerado is a defunct term borrowed from Renaissance Spanish, and is the root of the English comrade, Whitman’s basic denotation. But Vasseur’s frequent equivalent, the contemporary Spanish word camarada, is unusual insofar as it is functionally neutral, but suggests a feminine subject because of its female-gendered ending, “-a” (camarada is in fact grammatically a collective feminine.) A little-used term, camarada is derived from the Spanish cámara, or chamber, and a camarada was originally a group sharing a chamber, or sharing a bed. Hence it first meant bedfellow, then more generally a companion or friend.  –whitmanarchive.org

Campbell, Bruce (American actor)

Campbell; Donald & Sir Malcolm (British motor engineers, set world speed records, Bluebird)

Campbell, Ignatius Royston Dunnachie (South African poet, satirist and translator)

Campbell, Kim (1st female prime minister of Canada)

Campbell, Larry (Canadian mountie, coroner & mayor of Vancouver)

Campbell, Mrs. Patrick (Beatrice Stella Tanner, British actress)

Campbell, Thomas (Scottish poet)

Campbell, William Wilfred (Canadian poet)

Campi, Giulio (Italian artist)

Campion, Thomas (English composer, poet & physician)

Camus, Albert (French writer)

Canada (Ojiway kanada: village or gathering place) “A generous social-welfare system, lax immigration laws, infrequent prosecutions, light sentencing, and long borders and coastlines offer many points and methods of entry that facilitate movement to the United States.”  -U.S. Library of Congress

Canada Day (July 1st, formerly Dominion Day)

Canaletto, Antonio (Giovanni Antonio Canale, Venetian painter)

Cannizzaro, Stanislao (Italian chemist)

Cannon, Annie Jump (American astronomer)

Cannon’s Jug Stompers (American blues band)

Canute (the Great, Danish king of England, Denmark & Norway)

Capek, Kerel (Czech writer)

Capitalism: “A concept which has moved beyond the stage of sensible discussion.”  -John Ralston Saul

Capoeira (Brazilian martial art)

Capone, Alphonse (Scarface, Italian gangster)

Capote, Truman (American writer)

Capp, Al (Alfred Gerald Caplin, American cartoonist, Li’l Abner)

Capra, Frank (American director)

Caput mortum (Latin: dead head)

Carcalla, Marcus Aurelius Antonius (Roman emperor)

Caravaggio, Michelangelo Amerighida (Italian artist)

Carbon dioxide (CO2, acid gas)

Carbon monoxide (CO, poisonous gas ocuring in car exaust, burning creates carbon dioxide)

Carcinogen (cancer producer, carcinoma)

“It is hard to continually unlearn and challenge yourself, honestly examine your world views, change and do better.  You make mistakes, you lose friends and you even have to challenge family members.  It makes you uncomfortable, it makes other folks uncomfortable and it may be met with resistance.  Family and people you thought were friends will label you a troublemaker.  They will say things like “you think you’re better than us” and sooner or later you will either drift apart or be forced to make the decision to divorce yourself from these toxic relationships.  You will feel guilty at first.  I did but I also recognized how toxic and harmful those relationships were to my authentic self.  I could not be the person I was meant to be if I remained attached to people who were detrimental to my mental health and well-being.”  -Colleen Cardinal, Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh

Cardigan: collarless sweater that opens in front (after James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan [1864])

Cardin, Pierre (French fashion designer)

Carducci, Giosue (Italian poet)

Carew, Thomas (English poet)

Carinus, Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor)

Carlin, George (American comedian)

Carloman (king of Franks)

Carloman (king of France)

Carlos (king of Portugal)

Carlyle, Thomas (Scottish writer & philosopher)

Carmen, Bliss (William, Canadian poet)

Carmichael, Hoagland Howard (Hoagie, American songwriter, Stardust)

Carnegie, Andrew (Scottish philanthropist; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Hero Fund, Institute for Technology & Institution of Washington)

Carnot, Nicolas Leonard Sadi (French physicist, engineer & soldier, founder of the science of thermodynamics, son of Lazare)

Carol II (king of Romania)

Carpaccio, Vittore (Scarrpazza, Venetian painter)

Carpenter, Mary (English social reformer)

Carpentier, Georges (French boxer)

Carr, Emily (Canadian painter)  For push of nose, for perseverance, there is nothing to beat a cat.

Carr, Leroy (American blues musician)

Carr, Lucien (American journalist)

Carradine; John, David, Keith & Robert (American actors)

Carravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi, Italian painter)

Carreno, Teresa (Venezuelan pianist)

Carrey, Jim (Canadian actor, The Grinch)

Carroll, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English writer)

cars=death  (see above, Greenhouse Effect & Lead Poisoning)

Carson, Jack (John Elmer, Canadian actor)

Carson, John (Fiddlin’ … & his Virginia Reelers, American country fiddle player)

Carson, Johnny (American comedian, The Tonight Show)

Carson, Rachel Louise (American marine & genetic biologist)

Carter, Benny Lester (the King, American jazz musician)

Carter, Elizabeth (English poet)

Carter; Andrew, George & Jimmie (Carter Brothers & Son, American country musicians)

Carter, Howard (British archeologist)

Carter, James Earl jr.  (American president)

Carter, Leslie (Louis, American actress)

Carter; Mother Maybelle Addington (Queen of Country Music), Sara Dougherty, Alvin Pleasant, Anita, Helen & June (American country musicians)

Carthage (Phoenician colony in North Africa, e.146 AC)

Cartier, Sir George-Etienne (Canadian lawyer & prime minister of the Province of Canada)  O Canada, mon pays, mes amours.

Cartier, Jacques (French navigator)

Cartier-Bresson, Henri (French photographer)

Carus, Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor)

Caruso, Enrico (Italian tenor)

Cary, Alice (American poet)

Cary, Annie Louis (American singer)

Cary, Phoebe (American writer)

Casal, Pablo (Spanish cellist, conductor & composer)

Cash, Johnny (American country musician)

Casimir III & IV (kings of Poland)

Cassandra (daughter of Priam, blessed with prophecy and cursed that no one would believe her)

Cassatt, Mary (American painter)

Cassivellaunus (king of the Catuvellauni)

Cassirer, Erst (German philosopher)

Castagno, Andrea Del (Italian painter)

“His mouth became the brahman; his two arms were made into the rajanya; his two thighs the vaishyas; from his two feet the shudra was born.  The moon was born from the mind, from the eye the sun was born; from the mouth Indra and Agni, from the breath (prana) the wind (vayu) was born.  From the navel was the atmosphere created, from the head the heaven issued forth; from the two feet was born the earth and the quarters (the cardinal directions) from the car.  Thus did they fashion the worlds.  Seven were the enclosing sticks in this sacrifice, thrice seven were the fire-sticks made, when the gods, performing sacrifice, bound down Purusha, the sacrificial victim.  With this sacrificial oblation did the gods offer sacrifice.  These were the first norms (dharma) of sacrifice.  These greatnesses reached to the sky wherein live the ancient Sadhyas and gods.”  –Rig Veda, 10.90

Castle, Vernon (Blythe, English aviator & actor)

Castor & Pollux (twin sons of Leda)

Castro, Fidel (Ruz, prime minister of Cuba)

“There are people who reshape the world by force of argument, but the cat just lies there, dozing, and the world quietly reshapes itself to suit his comfort and convenience.  -Allen & Ivy Dodd

C is for Cat & Calliope (Greek muse of epic poetry), Chaos, Cocaine (Erythroxylin coca, C17H21O4N; white crystalline alkaloid, chewed by the Incans) & Cunt.

Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

Cather, Willa Sibert (American author)

Catherine I & II (empress of Russia)

Catherine de Medici (queen of France)

Catholic Apostolic Church (founded in England, 1832 by Rev. E. Irving)

Cats, Jacob (Dutch poet)

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Roman poet)

Cavalcanti, Guido (Florentine poet)

Cavendish, Henry (English physicist & chemist)

Caxton, William (1st English printer & publisher, Myrrour of the Worlde)

Caylus, Marie Marguerite Marquise de (French writer)

CBGB-OMFUG (Country, Bluegrass, Blues, and Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers; e. Bowery bar)

Ceann-cinnidh (Scottish: chief or founder of the clan)

Ceawlin (king of West Saxons)

Cecco, D’Ascoli (Italian encyclopedist & poet)

Cecrops (king of Athens)

Cedric (king of West Saxons)

Cells: life, and the building blocks thereof; protoplasm filled membranes, which usually contain a nucleus & cytoplasm.

Celtic (Brythonic [Cornish, Welsh, Breton] & Goidelic [Gaelic, Manx])

Cephus (king of Ethiopia)

Cerberus (Greek hound of hell with many heads)

Cernunnos (the Horned Sacred One, Lord of Animals)

Cervantes, Saavedra Miguel de (Spanish writer)

Cetewayo (Zulu king)

Cezanne, Paul (French painter)

CFC (abbr. chlorofluorocarbon, gases that put holes in the ozone layer; from refridgerators & air-conditioners)

Chadwick, Sir James (British physicist)

Chagall, Marc (Russian painter)

Chaliapin, Feodor Ivanvich (Russian opera singer)

Chalmers, Alexander (Scottish writer)

Chambers, Ephraim (English encyclopedist)

Chamberlain, James (Canadian designer, Avro Arrow, Gemini 3)

Champlain, Samuel de (French explorer)

Chandbagupta Maurya, Sandrocottus (Indian king)

Chandler, Raymond (American writer)

Chanel, Gabrielle (Coco, French fashion designer)

Chaney; Lon & jr. (American actors)

Ch’ang (Chinese: always)

Chang, Wah Ming (American artist, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Sparticus, The Time Machine, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, The King and I, Cleopatra & The Outer Limits)


Chappelle, Dave (American comedian)

Chaplin, Charles Spencer (English actor)

And let a scholar all Earth’s volumes carry,
He will be but a walking dictionary.  -George Chapman

Chapman, John (Johnny Appleseed, American pioneer)

Charibert (Frankish king)

Charlemagne (king of Franks, emperor of the West)

Charles I & II (kings of Great Britain & Ireland)

Charles I, II & III (Holy Roman emperors & kings of the West Franks)

Charles IV (Holy Roman emperor & king of Bohemia)

Charles V (Charles Quint, Holy Roman emperor & king of Spain)

Charles VI (Holy Roman emperor)

Charles VII (Holy Roman emperor & elector of Bavaria)

Charles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX & X (kings of France)

Charles I, II, III & IV (kings of Spain)

Charles IX, X, XI & XII (kings of Sweden)

Charles XIII, XIV & XV (kings of Sweden & Norway)

Charles II & III (kings of Naverre)

Charles I & II (kings of Naples & Sicily)

Charles (emperor of Austria & king of Hungary [Charles IV])

Charles (Carlos, king of Rumania, prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen)

Charles Albert (king of Sardinia)

Charles, Ray (American singer & pianist)

Charon (Greek ferryman of the river Styx, 1 obol is his price)

Cha till mi tuille (Scottish: we shall return no more)

Chatman, Armenter (Bo Carter, American blues musician)

Chatterton, Thomas (English poet)

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open eye,–
So priketh hem Nature in hir corages,–
Thannne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
To ferne halwes kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunturbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.

-Geoffrey Chaucer

Chauvinism: “term used in Napoleon’s days for hero-worship or the emperor; derived from Nicholas Chauvin; exaggerated patriotism, jingoism”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Chaykin, Maury (Canadian actor)

Cheatham, Doc (American jazz musician)

Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich (Russian writer)

Cheney, Dick (American vice-president, secretary of defense & executive of the Haliburton enery [oil] company) “The vice-president also issued his own personal National Intelligence Estimate of Hussein: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction (and) there is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us.”  Ten days earlier, the president himself had said only that Hussein “desires” these weapons.  Neither Bush nor the CIA had made any assertion comparable to Cheney’s.”  -Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack

Cheng (Chinese: ruler; correct; rectifying; standard; to collect; invite; to control; leader; government)

Ch’eng (Chinese: true)

Chenier, Andre Marie de (French poet)

Cheops (Khufu, king of Egypt)

Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (British writer)

Chevalier, Maurice (French singer & actor)

Chi (Chinese: subtle, incipient activating force)  “Graham expressed the sense of the term most correctly in the phrases “inward spring of movement” and “incipient movement not yet visible outside.”  Both Bodde’s “motive force” and Carsun Chang’s “state of subtlety” are correct but incomplete.”  -Wing-tsit Chan

Ch’ien (Chinese: heaven)

Childers; Erskin Hamilton & Robert Erskin (Irish nationalists)

Chinese River Dolphin (1 of the WMES)

Ching (Chinese: seriousness; reverence; material force; essence; sphere; “merely means the mind being its own master.”  -Chu Hsi)

Chirico, Giorgio de (Greek painter)

Chiron (planet discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolves around the sun between saturn & uranus)

Chlorine (1st poisonous gas used in warfare by Germany, Ypres, 1915; used in bleaching powder, disinfectants & germicide for water)

Chloroform (CHCl3, acetone, acetaldehyde or ethanol with bleaching powder or chlorine on methane; anaesthetic & solvent, sniffed by Queen Victoria for childs 7 & 8)

Chlorophyll (pigment in plants responsible for building carbohydrates from carbon dioxide & photosynthesis)

Chomsky, Noam (American writer & professor of linguistics)

Chopin, Frederic Francois (Polish composer)

Chordates (Animals with spinal chords or vertebrates [with backbones])

Chosroes I & II (kings of Persia)

Chou (Chinese: “What has gone by in the past and what is to come in the future constitute the temporal continuum (chou).”  -Wing-tsit Chan)

Chow, Stephen (周星馳, Chinese filmmaker)

Chretien de Troyes (French writer)

Christian II (king of Denmark, Norway & Sweden)

Christian III, IV V & VII (kings of Denmark & Norway)

Christian VIII, IX & X (kings of Denmark)

Christian Science (founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy, defined as “divine metaphysics” and “the law of God. the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine principle and rule of universal harmony.”)

Christensen, Hayden (Anakin Skywalker, Canadian actor) see Star Wars.

Christie, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa (British author)

Christina (queen of Sweden)

Saint Christopher (patron of travelers)

Chulalongkorn (king of Siam)

Chung (Chinese: center, the Mean)

Chung-shu (Chinese: conscientousness & altruism) “This is open to many possible translations but the central meaning must not be lost.  As the Confucian pupil Tseng Tzu said, it is the one thread of the Confucian doctrine.  In essence, chung means the full development of one’s originally good mind and shu means the extension of that mind to others.  In other words, it is the Confucian golden rule, or jen (humanity), with chung referring to the self and shu referring to others.  Any translation must involve these two aspects.” -Wing-tsit Chan

Church of God (founded in 1830 by John Winebrenner)

Where Christ erecteth his Church, the devil in the same church yard will have his chapel.  -Richard Bancroft

Churchill; Lord Randolph Henry Spencer & Winston Leonard Spencer (British statesmen)  My rule of life, prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite; smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and, if need be, during all meals and in the intervals between them.

Churchill, Winston (American author)

CIA (abbr. Central Intelligence Agency, formerly the OSS [Office of Strategic Services])

Ciardi, John Anthony (American writer)

Cibber; Colley & Theophilus (English actors & dramatists)

CID (abbr. Criminal Investigation Department [Scotland Yard] or Central Information Division)

The Cid (Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, “(Arabic, El Seid, the lord), name of a famous character in Span. history and romance.  So much has his story been overgrown with legend that some have doubted whether he ever really existed; but it seems clear the original was Rodrigo Tiaz, b. c. 1030, called the Cid.  He played a prominent part in the struggles of his day, fighting now for Christians, now for the Moslems, but as a freebooter rather than a religious or political leader; d. 1099.  He has become the theme for a large body of Span. romances form XI to the XIX. cent’s; subject of Comeille’s play.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

A Cigarette is the perfect type of the perfect pleasure.  It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied.  What more could you want?  -Oscar Wilde

Cimabue, Giovanni (Italian artist, founder of Florentine school)

Circe (Greek sorceress of Aeaea)

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

CKCU (93.1 fm, Canada’s first campus/community radio station; Ottawa, ON)

CKLW (the big 8, the blackest white music station; Windsor, ON)

Claimh (Irish: sword)

Clanna (Scottish: children)

Claque: “body of people who are hired to applaud in Fr. theaters; system dates from ancient times, organized in France beginning of XIX. cent.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Clark, Susan (Canadian actress)

Clarification question (hand signal, 1 hand in shape of a “c”)

Clathy: “Nervously indecisive about how safely to dispose of a dud lightbulb.”  -The Book of Liff

Claudius, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nebo Germanicus (Roman emperor)

Claudius, Marcus Aurelius (Gothicus, Roman emperor)

Clay, Cassius Marcellus (American abolitionist)

“The various steps from investigation of things and the extension of knowledge to bringing peace to the world are nothing but manifesting the clear character.  Even loving the people is also a matter of the clear character.  The clear character is the character of the mind; it is humanity.  The man of humanity regards Heaven and Earth and all things as one body.  If one single thing is deprived of its place, it means that my humanity is not yet demonstrated to the fullest extent.”  -Wing Yang-ming

Cleasaiche (Scottish: chief’s jester)

Cleomenes I, II & III (kings of Sparta)

Cleopatra VII (queen of Egypt)

Cline, Patsy (American country singer)

Clinton; George, James & De Witt (American politicians & soldiers)

Clio (Greek muse of history)

Clixby: “Politely rude.  Briskly vague.  Firmly uninformative.”  -The Book of Liff

Coal: nonrenewable resource, fossile fuel peat, lignite, ordinary or bituminous coal & anthrate (burning creates carbon dioxide)

Cobain, Kurt (American musician & junky, Nirvana)


Cobb, Junius C. (Junie, American jazz saxaphonist)

Cochran, Jaqueline (American aviator)

Cockaigne: “imaginary land where all is idleness and luxury.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Cocteau, Jean (French artist, poet & dramatist)

Cocytus (from Greek Kukutos: river of lamentation)

Codeine (C18H21O3N; white crystalline alkaloid, from methylation of morphine)

Codex Juris Canonici (Latin: book of canon laws)

Cody, William Frederick (Buffalo Bill, American frontiersman & showman)

Coenwulf (king of Mercia)

Cohen, Leonard (Montreal poet)

Coke, Sir Edward (English jurist)

Col (abbr. collect, college, colony, Columbia, colonel, Colossians or an area between 2 peaks or ridges)

Colbert, Claudette (Lily Claudette Chauchoin, French actress)

Cole, Nat (King, American singer & pianist)

Cole, Thomas (English painter)

Coleman, Burl (Jaybird, American blues musician)

Coleridge; Samuel Taylor & Sara (British writers)  My father says that those who love intensely see more clearly than indifferent persons; they see minuteness which escape other eyes; they see “the very pulse of the machine.”  Doubtless; but then, don’t they magnify them by looking through the medium of their own partiality?

Colet, John (English theologian)

Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette, French novelist)

Collins, Michael (Irish revolutionary)

Collins, Sam (American blues musician)

Colt, Samuel (American firearms inventor & manufacturer)

Coltrane, John William (American junky, jazz musician & saint)


Saint Columba (Irish missionary)

“The champion human rights violator in the hemisphere is Columbia, also the leading recipient of U.S. military aid and training in recent years.  The pretext is the “drug war,” but that is “a myth,” as regularly reported by major human rights groups, the church, and others who have investigated the shocking record of atrocities and the close links between the narco traffickers, landowners, the military, and their paramilitary associates.  State terror has devastated popular organizations and virtually destroyed the one independent political party by assassination of thousands of activists, including presidential candidates, mayors, and others.  Nonetheless Columbia is hailed as a stable democracy, revealing again what is meant by “democracy.”  -Noam Chomsky

Comic plot is structured around laughable actions.  -Aristotle

The  Commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.  -Sir James Mackintosh

Common (…Sense, Lonnie Rashid Lynn; Chicago MC)  Why is Bush acting like he trying to get Osama?/Why don’t we impeach him and elect Obama?  -remix of Jadakiss’s Why, 2005.

Competition: “An event in which there are more losers than winners.  Otherwise it’s not a competition.  A society based on competition is therefore primarily a society of losers.”  -John Ralston Saul

Comte, Isidore Auguste Marie Francois (French philosopher)

Concordia (Roman goddess of peace & friendship)

Condillac, Etienne Bonnot de (French philospher)

Condo, Ray (Canadian country musician)

La Scie (Quebec), Dec.24 1864

Confucius (Chinese philosopher)

Le congres ne marche pas, il danse.  -Charles-Joseph, Prince De Ligne

Congreve, William (English dramatist)

Coniine (C8H17N, poisonous liquid alkaloid; found in hemlock)

Conn, High King (Ireland, of the Hundred Battles)

Connelly, Billy (Scottish comedian)

Connelly, James (Irish revolutionary)  I did not come here to die.

Connors, Stompin’ Tom (Canadian country musician)

Conrad (king of Jerusalem & Sicily)

Conrad II (Holy Roman emperor)

Conrad III & IV (kings of Germany)

Conrad, Joseph (Teodor Josef Konrad Korseniowski, Ukrainian writer)

Constable, John (British landscape painter)

Constantine I, II, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX & X (Roman emperors)

Constantine (king of Greece)

Constantius, Flavius Valerius (Roman emperor)

Consus (Roman god of agriculture)

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

-Walt Whitman

Contralto (lowest musical voice)

Contrapposto (Italian: counter balance)

“26. Ch’i-yuan asked: In investigating the principles of things and affairs to the utmost, should one investigate exhaustively the point where all principles converge?  What do you think?  Answer: There is no need to talk about the converging point.  All that is before our eyes is things and affairs.  Just investigate one item after another somehow until the utmost is reached.  As more and more is done, one will naturally achieve a far and wide penetration.  That which serves as the converging point is the mind.”  -Chu Hsi

Cook, Captain Francis Augustus (American naval officer, Endeavour)

Cook, James (English navigator)

Cook, Peter (English comedian)

Cooper, Alice (Vincent Furnier, rock singer)

Cooper, Dave (Ottawa artist)

Cooper, Gary (Frank James Cooper, American actor)

Cooper, James Fenimore (American novelist)

Copernicus, Nicolaus (Mikolaj Kopernik, Polish astronomer)

Corelli, Arcangelo (Italian composer & violinist)

Corinna (Greek poet)

Corman, Roger (American filmmaker)

Corneille, Pierre (French playwright)

Cornell, Katherine (American actress)

Coronach: “Gaelic dirge for the dead in Scot. Highlands; known in Ireland as “keening.””  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

“Corporation n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”  -Ambrose Bierce

Corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor souls to be condemned, they therefore do as they like.  -Edward, First Baron Thurlow

Corpus Collosum (Latin: callous body, anatomy: connection between both hemispheres of the brain)

Corpus delicti (Latin: body of the crime)

Corpus juris (Latin: body of law)

Correggio, Antonio Allegri da (Italian painter)

Corriearklet: “The moment at which two people, approaching from opposite ends of a long passageway, recognize each other and immediately pretend they haven’t.  This is to avoid the ghastly embarrassment of having to continue recognizing each other the whole length of the corridor.”

Corriecravie: “To avert the horrors of corrieorrie (q.v.) corriecravie is usually employed.  This is the cowardly but highly skilled process by which both protagonists continue to approach while keeping up the pretense that they haven’t noticed each other–by staring furiously at their feet, grimacing into a notebook, or studying the walls closely as if in mood of deep irritation.”

Corriedoo: “The crucial moment of false recognition in a long passageway encounter.  Though both people are perfectly well aware that the other is approaching, they must eventually pretend sudden recognition.  They now look up with a glassy smile, as if having spotted each other for the first time, (and are particularly delighted to have done so) shouting out ‘Haaaaalllllloooo!’ as if to say ‘Good grief!  You!!  Here!!  Of all people!  Well I never.  Coo.  Stap me vitals, etc.'”

Corriemoillie: “The dreadful sinking sensation in a long passageway encounter when both protagonists immediately realize they have plumped for the corriedoo (q.v.) much too early as they are still a good thirty yards apart.  They were embarrassed by the pretence of corriecravie (q.v.) and decided to make use of the corriedoo because they felt silly.  Thi was a mistake as corrievorrie (q.v.) will make them far sillier.”

Corriemuchloch: “Word describing the kind of person who can make a complete mess of a simple job like walking down a corridor.”

Corrievorrie: “Corridor etiquette demands that once a corriedoo (q.v.) has been declared, corrievorrie must be employed.  Both protagonists must now embellish their approach with an embarrassing combination of waving, grinning, making idiot faces, doing pirate impressions, and waggling the head from side to side while holding the other person’s eyes as the smile drips off their face, until, with great relief, they pass each other.”  -The Book of Liff

Cosa Nostra (Italian: our enterprise)

Cosgrave, William Thomas (Irish statesman)

Cotterstock: “A piece of wood used to stir paint and thereafter stored uselessly in a shed in perpetuity.”  -The Book of Liff

Cotton Fever: when cotton is injected intravenously.

Courbet, Jean Desire Gustave (French painter)

Cousteau, Jacques Yves (French sea explorer)

Covenanters: “Scot. political party which held principles laid down by Scottish Covenants; persecuted after Restoration of 1660; defeated at Rullion Green, 1666; won battle against Claverhouse at Drumclog. 1679, but were defeated at Bothwell Brig, June 22, 1679; the following years are known as ‘the killing time.'”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Coward, Sir Noel (British playwright)

Cowley, Abraham (English writer)

Cox, Alex (American director & writer)

CS (C6H4ClCH:[CN]2, [0-chlorobenzylidene]-malononitrile; white powder, used in tear gas, causes “tears, salivation, choking and painful breathing.”)

Cr (abbr. chromium, credit, creek, crescendo or crown)

Crabbe, George (British poet)

Cranach; Lucas & Lucas (the Elder & Younger, German artists)

Crane, Harold Hart  (American poet)

Crawford, Joan (Lucille Le Sueuer, American actress)

Crazy Horse (Sioux chief, joined Sitting Bull at Little Bighorn against Custer)

Creach (Scottish: male initiation involving theft of livestock)

Creon (king of Corinth)

Creon (king of Thebes)

Crichton, James “Scot. scholar, whose versatility has become proverbial; s. of Robert C., Lord-Advocate of Scotland; tradition states that he successfully carried on a debate in twelve languages in Paris, and next day won a match in a tournament; outstanding philosopher, mathematician, theologist; composer if Latin verses; a fine swordsman; a man of great beauty; killed in a street brawl.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Croll, James (Scottish scientist)

Crick, Francis Harry Compton (British biophysicist)

No Crime exists unless actus reus and mens rea take place at the same time, actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea.

Crockett; Allan, Albert, Clarence, George, Johnny & John Harvey “Dad” (Crockett Kentucky Mountaineers, American country musicians)

Croesus (last king of Lydia)

Croll, James (Scottish scientist)

Croly, Jane Cunningham (Jennie June, American writer)

Cronenberg, David (Canadian director)

Crookes, Sir William (British chemist & physicist)

Crosby, Harry Lillis (Bing, American singer)

Crumb; Charles, Robert & Maxon (American artists)

“Canada’s spy agency says it is “quite surprising” that terrorists have not detonated a crude radioactive bomb, given the availability of materials and ease with which they could be made into a weapon.”  -Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, Jan. 3, 2007

Cukor, Goerge Dewey (American filmmaker)

Culen (king of Scotland)

Cullen, Countee (American poet)

Culpa (Latin: fault)

Cummings, Alan (British actor, Nightcrawler)

Cummings, Edward Estlin (e e cummings, American poet)

Cunard, Sir Samuel (Canadian businessman)

Cunningham, Merce (American choreographer)

Cunobelinus (Cymbeline, British chief)

Curie; Marie & Pierre (Polish/French chemists [respectively])

Curtis; Jamie Lee & Tony (American actors)

Curtiss, Glenn Hammond (American aviator)

Cusack; Joan & John (American actors)

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders (American actress)

Cutler, Allan (Canadian Adscam whistleblower)

Cwm (Welsh: coomb)

Cyanide (HCN, salt of hydrocyanic acid; poisonous)

Cyclopropane (C5H6; colourless gas, used as anaesthetic)

Cyclopes (sons of Uranus & Gaia; Brontes [thunderer], Steropes [lightener] & Arges [bright])

Cymru (Welsh: Wales)

Cynewulf (Anglo-Saxon poet)

The Cynics: “a Gk. philosophical school founded by Antishthenes (b. c. 436 B.C.), an acquaintance of Socrates.  Diogenes of Sinope (reported to have lived in a tub) is its best-known member.  They held that virtue is the only good, vice the only evil, everything else indifferent of even contemptible.  Hence they wished to discard all the gains of civilization, and preached a ‘return to nature,’ which was often exaggerated into uncontrolled license.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Cyrano de Bergerac, Savinian de (French writer)

The Cyrenaics: “a Gk. philosophical school founded by Aristippus of Cyrene (c. 435-360 B.C.), an acquaintance of Socrates.  They held that the only good is the pleasure of the moment, and all else valuable only in so far as it produces pleasure.  Aristippus himself, though thoroughly a ‘man of the world,’ valued wisdom and cultures as liberating a man form external circumstances; his followers often fell either into licentiousness or into disillusioned pessimism”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Cyrus II (the Great, king of Persia)

Czerny, Karl (Austrian pianist & composer)

Czolgolz, Leon (American anarchist & assassin of McKinley [Sept. 6. 1901])


(de) Greek delta (Δ); Hebrew daleth: 4, 14, (folding) door, Wednesday; Arabic dad; runic dagaz: day, God’s light, prosperity, midsummer, beginnings & endings; Irish dair: the oak tree; Roman numeral for 500; day; daughter; date; december; democrat; department; Deus; deuterium; deuteron; died; doctor; Dominus; drachma; duchess; duke or denerius.

D-day (military: time of major offensive, or when allied forces invaded Normandy [June 6, 1944])
Dadd, Richard (British painter)
Dafydd ap Gruffydd (last native prince of Wales)
Dafydd ap Gwilym (Welsh poet)
Dagan (Babylonian earth god)
Dago: “slang for a Span., Portug., and Ital. sailors and others belonging to the Mediterranean littoral.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Dagobert (king of Franks, greatest of Merovian kings)
Dajjal (Arabic: Pseudo Messiah (Al-Masih-ad-Dajjal) or Antichrist.  Literally a liar, quack, deceiver.)
Dalai Lama (Mongolian: high priest of the ocean)
Dali, Salvador: (Spanish painter)
Dalriada 1. northern part of Country in Antrim, Ireland 2. “part of Argyllshire, Scotland; founded by Dalriads from Ireland c. 500 A.D.; united with the northern kingdom of Picts under King Kenneth, 843.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Dalta Sheumais (Scottish: just as the king would have done)
Dalton, John (British chemist)
DAN (abbr. Direct Action Network)
Danae (daughter of Acrisius, king of Argos; mother of Perseus)
Dante, Alighieri (Italian poet)
Danu (Irish goddess of death & mother of the gods)
Dardanus (song of Zeus & Electra)
Darius (king of Persia)
Darkman (Liam Neeson)
Darnley, Henry Stuart Lord (Scottish earl, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, father of James VI)
Darwin, Charles Robert (British scientist)  I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
Da-shealladh (Scottish: the two sights)  “Lord Larbolt, in 1652, made a study of second sight in the Highlands of Scotland, and gave an account of his research work in a letter written in Gaelic, and published in 1876 in the magazine, ‘The Gael’ (vol. v. p.78).  In that letter he said that there were men, women, and children, who had the second sight; that there were children who had it but not their parents; that some people had it when they were old who did not have it in their youth; that none of them could tell how they came to have it; and that it was a gift of which they would gladly rid themselves if they had the power.”  -Mary L. Fraser
Daubigny, Charles Francois (French painter)
Davenport; Edward & Fanny (American actors)
David (king of Judah & Israel)
David I & II (kings of Scotland)
Saint David (patron saint of Wales)
David, Jacques Louis (French painter)
Davies, Robertson William (Canadian writer)
Davis, Angela Yvonne (American Marxist feminist)
Portrait Of Angela Davis

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Davis, Bette (Ruth Elizabeth Davis, American actress)
Davis, Gary (Blind, American blues musician)
Davis, Jefferson (president of the Confederate Southern States)
Davis, Miles (American jazz musician)
Davis, Sammy jr. (American singer)
Dawson, George Mercer (Canadian geologist)
De (Scottish: what? God, yesterday)
Deadalus (son of Metion, created the wooden cow costume Pasiphae used to conceive Asterius, and the labyrinth used to hide him)
“Consider the dead man.  His spirit has drifted away and dispersed.  Where are his heaven and earth and myriad things?”  -Wang Yang-ming
Dean, James (American actor)
Dearg (Irish: red)
Deason, Muriel Ellen (Kitty Wells, Queen of Country, American singer)
Debussy, Claude Achille (French composer)
DeCarlo, Yvonne (Canadian actress)
Deceive boys with toys, but men with oaths.  -Lysander
December (10th month)
Decius, Caius Messius Quintus Trajanus (Roman emperor)
De Cosmos, Amor (William Alexander Smith, Canadian newspaper editor & premier of BC)
de Champlain, Samuel (French cartographer, explorer & governor of New France)
Dee, John (English astrologer & alchemist)
Mr. Heron said,– “That lassie’s deed noo.”  “I’m no deed yet.”  She then threw up a big worm nine inches and a half long.  -Marjory Fleming
Defoe, Daniel (English author)
De Forest, Lee (the Father of Radio, American electrical engineer & inventor)
Degladre (-dare) n. the far away place.
Degas, Hilaire Germain Edgar (French painter)
de Havilland, Sir Geoffrey (British aircraft designer)
Deibert, Ron (Canadian professor) We need to watch the watchers.
Deioces (1st Median king)
Deirdre (Irish pricess of Ulster)
De Kooning, Willem (Dutch painter)
Delacroix, Ferdinand Victor Eugene (French painter)
de Lint, Charles (Canadian writer)
della Francesca, Piero (Italian painter)
della Robbia, Luca (Italian sculptor)
Demaratus (king of Sparta)
Demeter (Greek goddess of grain & agriculture)
Demetrius (king of Bactria)
Demetrius I & II (kings of Macedonia)
Demetrius I, II & III (kings of Syria)
Pseudo Demetrius: “name given to three Pretenders who claimed to be Demetrius, the heir the Russ. empire, murdered in 1591.  The first defeated army of reigning Czar, was crowned at Moscow in 1605, but murdered, 1606; the second won great success, failed in attach on capital, and was murdered, 1610; the third was captured and executed, 1612.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
De Mille, Agnes George (American choreographer)
De Mille, Cecil Blount (American filmmaker)
“Among Madisonian scholars, there is a consensus that “the Constitution was intrinsically an aristocratic document designed to check the democratic tendencies of the period,” delivering power to a “better sort” of people and excluding those who were not rich, well born, or prominent from exercising political power (Lance Banning).  The primary responsibility is “to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority,” Madison declared.  That has been the guiding principle of the democratic system from its origins until today.”  -Noam Chomsky
Democritus (Greek philosopher)
Demos (Greek: people; daughter of Cronos & Rhea; abbr. of demonstrations)
Dempsey, Jack (William Harrison Dempsey, American boxer)
De Niro, Robert (American actor)
Saint Denis (patron of France)
Denison, George Taylor (Canadian publicist & colonel)
Densu, Cho (Japanese artist)
DEO GRATIAS (Latin: thanks be to God)
DEO VOLENTE (Latin: God willing)
Depape, Brigette (The Rogue Page, Canadian activist)
DE PROFUNDIS (Latin: out of the depths, Oscar Wilde)
De Quincey, Thomas (British writer & junky)
Deregulation: “The airline industry fought for this privilege.”  -John Ralston Saul
De Reszke; Edwouard & Jean (Polish opera singers)
Dermot Mac Murrough (king of Leinster)
de Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois, Comte (Marquis, French writer) hence sadism.
Descartes, Rene (French philosopher)
Desiderius (king of Lombardy)
You see Deth is taking his rounds, and the young as well as the old are not sure of a day.  The Lord grant that we may finish our warfare, so as not to be afraid to die.  -Ann Godwin
Deus, Joao De (Portuguese poet)
De Valera, Eamon (Irish revolutionary, president of Ireland)
Devi (Hindu goddess, mother of Shiva)
“The Devil is the father of all misunderstood geniuses.  It is he who induces us to try new paths; he begets originality of thought and deed.  He tempts us to venture out boldly into unknown seas for the discovery of new ways to the wealth of distant Indias.  He makes us dream of and hope for more prosperity and greater happiness.  He is the spirit of discontent that embitters our hearts, but in the end often leads to a better arrangement of affairs.  In truth, he is a very useful servant of the Almighty, and all the heinous features of his character disappear when we consider the fact that he is necessary in the economy of nature as a wholesome stimulant to action and as the power of resistance that evokes the noblest efforts of living beings. (Paul Canus)”  -The Sorcerer’s Handbook
The Devil’s Advocacy: for every point, there is a counter point.
Dewar; Marion & Paul (Canadian politicians)
Dewey, John (American philosopher)
Dewey, Melvil (American librarian & inventor of the Dewey decimal system)
Diaballein (Greek: to slander)
Diabolus (Greek: devil)
Diana, Princess (Spencer, princess of Wales)
Dianoia (Greek: reasoning)
Dibdin; Charles & Thomas (English composers & dramatists)
Dick; George Frederick & Gladys Henry (American medical researchers)
Dickens, Charles (English writer)
Dickenson, Emily Elizabeth (American poet)
Dictionary: “Opinion presented as truth in alphabetical order.”  -John Ralston Saul
Diderot, Denis (French writer & encyclopedist)
Didius Salvius Julianus, Marcus (Roman emperor)
Dido (Queen of Carthage)
Dies Irae (Latin: day of wrath)
Deitrich, Marlene (Maria Magdalena von Losch, German actress & singer)
Digby; Sir Everard & Sir Kenelm (Englishmen of intrigues)
Dike (Greek goddess of justice, daughter of Kronos, priestess to Adrasteia)
Dinocrates (Greek architect)
“Then a star fell to the earth and my whole family was destoyed in its flames.  By chance I was not with them when it fell but I wished that I had died too.”  -Lord of Punt, Master of the Myrrh Groves (Geraldine Harris)
Diocletian, Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus (Roman emperor)
Diodorus Cronos (Greek Megarian philosopher)
Diogenes (Greek Cynic philosopher)
Diomedes (king of Argos)
Dionysus (Greek god of vine & vegetation)
Dior, Chrisian (French fashion designer)
Dioxin (toxic chemical that causes cancer, produced by bleaching paper)
Direct democracy (self-government where individuals represent themselves)
Direct response (hand signal, 2 hands pointed & moving up & down alternatively)
Dirk (Highland dress dagger)
“But, gentlemen, whoever can pride himself on his diseases and even swagger over them?”  -Dostoevsky
Disciples of Christ (founded in 1800 by Thomas & Alexander Campbell)
“Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.”  -Barbara Tuchman
I do not much wish well to discoveries, for I am always afraid they will end in conquest and robbery.  -Samuel Johnson
Disney, Walter Elias (American producer & animator)
Disraeli; Benjamin & Isaac (English writer)
“Distance n. The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to call theirs, and keep.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Diva (Latin: goddess)
Divine (American drag queen & actress)
Dix, Dorothea Lynde (American social reformer)
Dmytryk, Edward (Canadian director)
DNA (abbr. deoxyribonucleic acid)
And as ye would have that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  -Luke 6:31
Doctrine in Four Axioms: 1.“In the original substance of the mind there is no distinction of good and evil.” 2.”When the will becomes active, however, such distinction exists.” 3.”The faculty of innate knowledge is to know good and evil.” 4.”The investigation of things is to do good and to remove evil.”  -Wang Yang-ming
Dodds, Johnny (American jazz clarinetist & saxophonist)
Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (Lewis Carroll, English writer & mathematician)
Dogbane: “or Apocynum, the name of a genus of cannabinum, the Canadian hemp, and a androsoemifolium, or fly-trap, both grown in N. America, and are used in medicine.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Dolphin (gestation period of 1 year)
Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moor; pearl spar, MgCO3.CaCO3)
Domett, Alfred (British poet & premier of New Zealand)
Domingo, Placido (Spanish tenor)
Dominicans (founded by Saint Dominic)
Dominion (Latin: territory) as in The Dominion of Canada, or a tavern next to Zaphod’s.  See Star Trek.
Domino, Antoine (Fats, American singer & pianist)
Domitian, Titus Flavius Domitianus (Roman emperor)
Donald I, II & III (kings of Scotland)
Donatello, Donato Di Betto Bardi (Italian artist)
Donn (Irish Lord of the Dead)
Donne, John (English poet)
Donovan (Scottish folk musician)
Donavan, Bill (Wild, American chief of OSS & creator of CIA)
Donovan, Martin (American actor)
Doohan, James (Canadian soldier & actor, Scotty) see Star Trek.
Doolittle, Hilda (H.D., American poet)
Dopamine: neurotransmitter (cocaine).
“Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.”  -Gilbert Shelton
Dorchester, Guy Carleton, 1st Baron (British general & governor-general of Canada)
Dorian (Hellenic people, music: mode of white notes of D to D on the piano)
D’Orsay, Alfred Guillaume Gabriel (French count & artist)
Dorset (e.1400 from the Thule [modern Inuit])
Dos Passos, John Roderigo (American writer)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Mikkailovich (Russian novelist)
“68. A student must first of all learn to doubt.”  -Ch’eng I
Doubt: “The only human activity of controlling the use of power in a positive way.  Doubt is central to understanding.”  -John Ralston Saul
Douglas, Charles (American inventor of Laff Box, the laugh track used on television)
Douglas; Kirk, Michael, Diana & Cameron (American actors)
Douglas, Shirley (Canadian actress)
Douglas, Thomas Clement (Tommy, Scottish Baptist minister, premier of Saskatchewan, leader of the CCF/NDP & father of universal health care)
Douglass, Frederick (Bailey, American journalist)
Dowland, John (Irish composer & lute player)
Down twinkles (hand signal, shows disapproval, 2 pointed downward [often with spirit fingers]) see Jazz hands
Dowsen, Ernest Christopher (English poet)
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (British writer)
Doyle; John & Richard (English artists)
The Drago Doctrine: “the principle that force may not be used by one power to collect money owing to its citizens by another power.  It appears to have originated in 1902, when Britain, Germany and Italy blockaded the ports of Venezuela for that purpose, Dr. L. F. Drago, a well-known Argentine jurist, maintaining that their action was contrary to international law.  Most of the S. American republics supported the doctrine, which has ever since been known as D.D.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
The Dragon King (Japanese god of the sea)
Drake, Nick (British folk musician)
Drama (Greek: thing done)
Dreamtime (Australian: when people turn to animals & animals into people)
Dreckig (German: dirty)
Dressler, Marie (Canadian actress)
Drew; John, jr. & Louisa Lane (American actors)
Drinkwater, John (English writer)
Drogenabhangige (German: drug addict)
Droitwich: “A street dance.  The two partners approach from opposite directions and try politely to get out of each other’s way.  They step to the left, step to the right, apologize, step to the left again, apologize again, bump into each other and repeat as often as necessary.”  -The Book of Liff
Dromedary camel (one hump)
Drugs: “No. 1 public enemy.”  -Richard Nixon  “The “international” war on drugs is a policy conceived, created and enforced by the government of the United States of America.  Originally, nations were cajoled, prodded or bullied into joining it.  Then it became international orthodoxy, and today most national governments, including Canada’s, are enthusiastic supporters of prohibition.”  -Dan Gardner, The Ottawa Citizen
“Most of the time, though, I found that a casual mention of the possibility of shutting off our foreign aid programs, dropped in the proper quarters, brought grudging permission for our operations almost immediatly.”  -Charles Siragusa, American narcotics agent
““U.S. decisions on foreign aid and other matters” should be “tied to the willingness of the recipient country to execute vigorous enforcement programs against narcotic traffickers.”  -1984 National Drug Strategy for Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking
“What is the result?  UN agencies estimate the annual revenue generated by the illegal drug industry at $400 billion, or the equivalent of roughly eight percent of total international trade.  This industry has empowered organized criminals, corrupted governments at all levels, eroded international security, stimulated violence, and distorted both economic markets and moral values.  These are the consequences not of drug use per se, but of decades of failed and futile drug war policies.
“In many parts of the world, drug war politics impede public health efforts to stem HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.  Human rights are violated, environmental assualts perpetrated and prisons inundated with hundreds of thousands of drug law violators.  Scarce resources better expended of health, education and economic developement are squandered on ever more expensive interdiction efforts.  Realistic proposals to reduce drug-related crime, disease and death are abandoned in favour of rhetorical proposals to create drug-free societies.”  -Public letter to Kofi Annan; signed by over 800 people, including former secretary of state George Shultz, surgeon general Joycelyn Elders, 4 presidents & 7 cabinet ministers from Latin America, former president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias, Gunter Grass, former president of Nicaragua Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, Robert L. Bernstein, former U.S. senator Alan Cranston, Anita Roddick, Sharon Carstairs, Marion Dewar, Edward Greenspan, Alexa McDonough & Jane Jacobs.
Order of Druids (Masonic society founded in London, 1781)
Drummond, William of Hawthornden (Scottish poet)
Dryden, John (English writer)
Dschungle (German: jungle)
DT’s (abbr. delirium tremens)
Dubh (Irish: black)
Dubh (king of Scotland)
Dubcek, Alexander (Czech politician)
Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt (American sociologist & founder of the NAACP)
Dubos, Rene Jules (French bacteriologist)
Dubuffet, Jean Philip Arthur (French artist)
Duchamp, Marcel (French painter & dadaist)
Dudelsack (German: bagpipes)
Duff-Gordon, Lady Lucie (English author)
Dukas, Paul (French composer)
Durbin, Deanna (Canadian actress & singer)
Duleek: “Sudden realization, as you lie in bed waiting for the alarm to go off, that it should have gone off an hour ago.”  -The Book of Liff
Dumas, Alexander & jr. (French writers)
Dumont, Margaret (American actress)
Dunbar, William (English poet)
Duncan I & II (kings of Scotland)
Duncan, Isadora (American dancer)
Dunlop, John Boyd (Scottish inventor)
Dunn, Alexander Roberts (Canadian army officer, 1st recipient of the Victoria Cross for service in the 11th Regiment of Hussars at the charge of the Light Brigade in 1856)
Duns Scotus, Joannes (the Subtle Doctor, Scottish Franciscan monk & theologian)
Durand, Asher Brown (American painter, founder of Hudson River School)
Durante, Jimmy (American comedian)
Durer, Albrecht (German artist)
Durkheim, Emile (French social scientist)
Durrell; Gerald & Lawrence George (Irish writers born in India)
Duse, Eleanora (Italian actress)
Duthchas (Scottish: inherited clan land)
Duvall, Robert (American actor, THX-1138)
Dvorak, Antonin (Czech composer)
Dwan, Allan (Canadian director)
Dyer, Mary (English Quaker martyr)
Dylan, Bob (Robert Allen Zimmerman, American folk musician)
Dysmorphophobia: “the conviction that you don’t quite look right.”


(e) Greek epsilon (ε): 5; runic ehwaz: movement, horse, sun’s course; Scottish eubh: the aspen tree; Energy (=mc2  [see Einstein]); electron; electronic charge (1.602 192×10-19C); east or extinct.

E (abbr. entegen)
Ea (Sumerian god of water; Babylon, Lord of the Incantations)
Eadbald (king of Kent)
Eah (Cree: yes)
Eakins, Thomas (American painter)
Eames, Emma (American prima donna)
Earhart, Amelia (American aviator)
“Returning you again to our omni-befuddled present, we realise that reorganization of humanity’s economic accounting system and its implementation of total commonwealth capabitity by total world society, aided by the computer’s vast memory and high speed recall comes first of all of the first-things-first that we must attend to to make our space vehicle Earth a successful man operation.  We may now raise our sights, in fact must raise our sights, to take initiative in planning the world-around industrial retooling revolution.  We must undertake to increase the performance per pound of the world’s resources until they provide all of humanity a high standard of living.  We can no longer wait to see whose biased political system should prevail over the world.”  -R. Buckminster Fuller
East Texas Serenaders (Henry Bogan, Cloet Hamman, John Munnerlyn & Dan Williams, American country band)
Easter (after Teutonic goddess of dawn; Eostre, Eastre, or the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring; Ostara or Eostre)
Easton, Florence (English prima donna soprano)
Ecgfrith (king of Northumbria)
Echo (Greek nymph who loved Narcissus)
Eckhart, Johannes (German theologian)
Economics: The romance of truth through measurement.
ECCE HOMO (Latin: behold the man)
E is for Ecstasy, MDA.
Edgar (the Peaceful, king of England, emperor of Britain)
Edgar (king of Scotland)
Edgeworth, Maria (Irish novelist)
Edgren-Leffler, Anne Charlotte Duchess of Cajanello (Swedish author)
Edison, Thomas Alva (American inventor)
Edlund, Ben (American comics artist & writer, The Tick)
Edmund (king of East Anglia)
Edmund (king of the English)
Edmund (Ironside, king of England)
Edred (king of England)
Education (public): “The single most important element in maintenance of a democratic system.”  -John Ralston Saul
L’education nous faisait ce que nous sommes.  -C.-A. Helvetius
“The process of creating and entrenching highly selective, reshaped or completely fabricated memories of the past is what we call “indoctrination” or “propaganda” when it is conducted by official enemies, and “education,” “moral instruction” or “character building,” when we do it ourselves.  It is a valuable mechanism of control, since it effectively blocks any understanding of what is happening in the world.  One crucial goal of successful education is to deflect attention elsewhere–say, to Vietnam, or Central America, or the Middle East, where our problems allegedly lie–and away from our own institutions and their systematic functioning and behavior, the real source of a great deal of the violence and suffering in the world.  Is is crucially important to prevent understanding and to divert attention from the sources of our own conduct, so that elite groups can act without popular constraints to achieve their goals–acts which are called “the national interest” in academic theology.”  -Noam Chomsky
Edward I, II, III, IV & V (kings of England)
Edward VI & VII (kings of England & Ireland)
Edward VIII (king of Great Britain & Ireland)
Edward the Confessor (king of England)
Edward the Elder (king of Angles & Saxons)
Eward the Martyr (king England)
Edward, John (biggest douche in the universe)
Edwards, John (American politician)
Edwards, Kathleen (Canadian folk musician)
Edwin (king of Northumbria)
Edwy the Fair (king of England)
e.g. (abbr. Latin: exempli gratia [for example])
It has, I believe, been often remarked, that a hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.  -Samuel Butler
Egoyan, Atom (Canadian director)
“Violence wracked the final round of Egypt’s troubled parliamentary elections yesterday, as police opened fire on crowds and used nightsticks and tear gas to bar voters from entering polling stations in opposition strongholds.”  The Associated Press, December 2, 2005
EHF (abbr. extremely high frequencies, radio frequencies between 30 000 & 300 000 megahertz)
A Plea for Closing of Factories and Workshops
Let the toilers have more leisure,
Listen to their urgent call,
Gain is not the only treasure,
Liberty is sweet to all;
Why should lives be spent in labour,
Early morn till darkness fall?
When, alas! a needy neighbour
Hath no work to do at all!
Why this labour agitation
All along the busy line?
‘Tis the groaning of the nation —
Toilers feel they must combine:
E’re their rights have legislation,
E’re their wants shall have redress,
They must band in combination —
Ask their rights — and take no less!
Shorten then, the hours of toiling,
Thus make work for idle men;
Cease this constant, weary moiling:
EIGHT hours’ work instead of TEN!
Justice doth exalt a nation,
Right is might, and truth shall stand,
Health is wealth in every station
Good shall prosper such a land!  -John Imrie, The Regina Leader, 1888.
“The first triple attack on Canada in 1812 resulted in failure.  General William Hull, instead of invading, surrendered his post at Detroit, stating that since the administration had refused to protect his line of communication on Lake Erie, fighting would be useless.  At Niagara the New York militia refused to follow their leader, General Stephen Van Rensselaer, across the frontier, while and expedition to Montreal ended, for the same reason, at Plattsburg.  In 1813 another attempt was made by General W. H. Harrison, who had led the Americans at Tippecanoe, now was able with a force of frontiersmen to invade Canada across the Detroit River and his victory at the Thames was really important because of O. H. Perry’s conquest of Lake Erie shortly before, September 15.  The invasions from New York were delayed and for a time were unfruitful, but during the winter of 1813-14 the Americans concentrated on the Canadian side of Niagara River and in July gave excellent account of themselves at Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane.
“So far the war had been in theory offensive.  From the middle of 1814, however, the problem was to protect our territory against the British rather than to conquer Canada.  The British under General Ross landed from Chesapeak Bay and after easily driving the poorly led militia at Bladensburg, entered Washington on August 24.  They burned the capitol, the President’s house, etc., giving as an excuse the fact that Americans had burned certain provincial buildings in York (Toronto).  Baltimore was saved by the gallant defense of Fort McHenry.  Meanwhile Sir George Prevost was leading an invasion from Canada into northern New York.  Practicable access to the interior could only be had by way of Lake Champlain; therefore, when the squadron the he had constructed was defeated by that under Captain Thomas McDonagh his campaign was concluded in failure.  The exploit of McDonagh’s, together with that of Perry on Lake Erie, showed the great importance of controlling the northern lakes, the natural highways along the frontier wilderness.  The last attack of the British was on New Orleans.  Andrew Jackson in 1813 successfully led a force of frontier militiamen against the hostile Indians in the region north of Tennessee, had invaded West Florida, where Spain had been most hospitable to the British, and now at the end of 1814 was prepared to defend New Orleans against Sir Edward Pockenham’s force of 6, 000 regulars.  After some delay Jackson organized his defense in position with great rapidity and skill, and beat off the force of Old World warriors, who left behind them over 2, 000 killed, wounded and prisoners, while Jackson hand lost but 333.  This battle of New Orleans, fought without knowledge that the articles of peace had already been signed, brought the only first-rate victory of the war.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
1886: at 23 years old, without knowing each other, both C. M. Hall of Ohio and P. L. T. Hercourt of France  learned how to extract aluminum using electricity.  Both men were born in 1863 and died 1914.
1892 (September 7th: “Gentleman Jim” Corbett knocks-out John L. Sullivan in 21 rounds)
Einstein, Albert (German physicist)
Einstein; Albert & Bob (Brooks & Super Dave Osborne, Canadian comedians)
Eire (Irish: Ireland)
Eireannach (Irish: Irish, man or woman)
Eisenstein, Sergei Mikhailovich (Russian director)
Eisner, Will (American comics artist & writer, The Spirit)
Eispnelos (Greek: he who breathes into another, lover)
Ekstasis (Greek: standing outside oneself)
El (Hebrew: god)
Elah (Hebrew: goddess)
“These positive and negative conventions are purely arbitrary, but much of science is based upon them.  It is an observed fact that a force of repulsion acts between like charges and a force of attraction acts between unlike charges: the region in which these forces act is called an electronic field.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
Eleos (Greek: pity)
Elephant (gestation period of almost 2 years)
Elfman, Danny (American composer, Oingo Boingo)
El Greco (Greek painter)
Elias, Christin (Canadian IRA & Sinn Fein member)
Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans, English writer) An election is coming.  Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
Eliot, Thomas Stearns (American poet) In the seventeenth century a dissociation of sensibility set in from which we have never recovered.
Elizabeth I & II (queens of England) God may pardon you, but I never can.
Elizabeth, Petrovna (empress of Russia)
Elizabeth (queen of Rumanian)
Ella (1st king of Deirans)
Ella (king of South Saxons)
Ella (king of Northumbria)
Ellington, Edward Kennedy (Duke, American jazz piano player & arranger)
Elliott; May Gertrude & Maxine (Lady Forbes-Robertson, American actresses)
Elliott, Maud Howe (American writer)
Ellison, Keith (1st Muslim elected to U.S. Congress)
Elliston, Robert William (American writer)
Elman, Mischa (Russian violinist)
El nakhon (Hebrew: doubtlessly)
Eloah (Hebrew: God)
Elohee (Hebrew: divine)
Eloheem (Hebrew: God)
Ellsberg, Daniel (American marine & whistleblower)
Elssler, Fanny (Viennese dancer)
Elton, Charles Sutherland (British biologist)
Elyon (Arab god)
Emak (Malay: mother)
Emanuel (king of Portugal)
Embryo: 2-8 weeks old, the phase after ovum, and before becoming a fetus.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo (American poet)  What is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
Emet (Hebrew: truth, life god)
Emma-O (Japanese lord & judge of the dead)
Emmet; Robert & Thomas Addis (members of United Irishmen)
Scientific knowledge is empirical.
Endorphins & Enkephalins: neurotransmitters (heroin).
The mass of energy cannot be changed (ordinarily).
Engels, Freidrich (German socialist)
My English is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.  -Edward Gibbon
So now they have made our English tongue a gallimaufry or hodgepodge of all other speeches.  -Edmund Spencer
Enlil (Sumerian lord of earth & wind, son of Anu)
Ennius, Quintus (Latin poet)
Eno, Brian (American musician & producer, Talking Heads)
Eochaid (king of Scotland)
Eos (Greek goddess of dawn)
Epadein v. (Greek: enchant, enchanting song)
Ephedrine (C6H5CHOHCH[CH3]NHCH3; white crystalline optically active alkaloid, used to treat asthma, colds, &c.)
Ephemeris Time (time based on orbital movements of the planets & moon)
Epicurus (Greek philosopher)
We wish, in a word, equality–equality in fact as corollary, or rather, as primordial condition of liberty.  From each according to his faculties, to each according to his need; that is what we wish sincerely and energetically–  -Michael Bakunin
A gentleman harranging on the perfection of our law, and that it was equally open to the poor and the rich, was answered by another, So is the London Tavern.
Erasistratus of Ceos (Greek physician)
Erasmus, Desiderius (Dutch theologian)
Erastes (Greek: lover, man)
Erastus, Thomas (Swiss theologian)
Erato (Greek muse of love poetry)
Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Greek scientist & astronomer, calculated earth’s circumference)
Erden (German: earth)
Erebus (brother of Night, father of Day & Sky)
Erectheus (king of Athens)
Ergasiophobia: fear of work.
Ergon (Greek: work of function)
Eric XIV (king of Sweden)
Eric the Red (Viking)
Ericson, Leif (Viking explorer, son of the Red)
Erinn (Old Irish: Ireland)
Erinna (Greek poet)
Erinyes (Greek: the Furies; Alecto, Megaera & Tisiphone, born of Kronos’ blood when castrated by Uranus, also said to be daughters of Acheron & Nox))
Eris (Greek: strife; Greek goddess of discord, sister of Ares)
Ermanaric (king of East Goths)
Ernest, Augustus (king of Hanover)
Ernst (German: earnest)
Ernst, Max (German dadaist & surrealist)
Eroberin (German: conquor)
Eromenos (Greek: beloved, boy)
Eros (Greek god of love)
Erse (Gaelic)
Erskine, Henry (Scottish lord advocate & poet)
Esar-Haddon (king of Assyria)
Esau (Hebrew: harry, Arabic: semen)
Escoffier, Auguste (French king of chefs and chef of kings)
Esenin, Sergius (Russian poet)
Eso (Greek: within)
Estes, John (Sleepy, American blues musician)
Estuarine (saltwater crocodile, crocodylus porosus; largest living reptile)
Et (Latin: and) Et tu, Brute? (see Shakespeare)
Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol, C2H5GH; fermented sugar)
Ethelbert (king of Kent)
Ethelfrid (king of Northumbria)
Ethelfred I & II (kings of West Saxons)
Ethical Culture Society (founded by Dr. Felix Adler in New York, 1876)
Ethos (Greek: moral custom)
Eucken, Rudolph Christoph (German philosopher)
Euclid (Greek mathematician)
Eudaimonia (Greek: happiness)
Eumenes I & II (king of Pergamum)
Euripides (Greek dramatist)
Europa (Phoenician princess, great granddaughter of Io; carried by the bull/Zeus to Europe)
European Bison (Polish, 1 of the WMES)
Euterpe (Greek muse of music & lyrical poetry)
Euthydemus (king of Bactria)
eV (abbr. electronic volt)
Evagorus (king of Salamis [Cyprus])
Evander (son of Hermes & an Arcadian nymph)
Evangelical Association (founded by Jacob Albrecht in Eastern Pennsylvania)
Evans, Augusta Jane (Wilson, American novelist)
Evans, Dame Edith (English actress)
Evans, Florence Wilkinson (American writer)
Eve (Hebrew: life, 1st wife)
Everidge; Albert & Vander (South Georgia Highballers, American country musicians)
The business of everybody is the business of nobody.  -Lord MaCaulay
For everything exists & not one sigh nor smile nor tear,
One hair nor particle of dust, not one can pass away.  -William Blake
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  -Timothy 6:10
“If one destroys principle and indulges in desires to the limit, he will be inviting evil fortune.”  -Chang Tsai
Ewe (female sheep)
Ewing, Juliana Horatio Orr (English writer)
Nothing in excess.  -Greek aphorism
“All grandeur, all power, all discipline are founded on the executioner.  He is the horror of the human association and the tie that holds it together.  Take out of the world this incomprehensible agent, and at that instant will order give way to chaos, thrones fall and society vanish.  God, who is the source of all sovereignty, is, therefore, the source of punishment, too.”  -Joseph de Maistre
Expanding Universe: based on the red shift (colour of light emitted from objects as they move away or the observer moves away, as seen in stars) & the theory of relativity.
Experto credite.  -Virgil
No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you never should trust experts.  If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholsome: if you believe the theologins, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe.  -Lord Salisbury
Eyck; Hubert & Jan Van (Flemish artists)
In a cat’s eyes,  all things belong to cats.  -English proverb.


(ef) Greek phi: 6, hook, nail; Arabic fa; runic fehu: possessions, cattle, wealth; Scottish fearn; chemistry: fluorine; farad; Faraday constant (9.648 670x104C mol-1); Fahrenheit; female or feminine.

Fa (Chinese: law; punishment; custom; duty; discipline; method; technique or model)  “In the Legalist School, it involves the three concepts of law, statecraft, and power.  In Buddhism, it means Buddhism itself, the Law preached by Buddha, Reality, Truth.  As a philosophical term, however, it is the Chinese rendering of dharma, which means “that which is held to.”  It connotes all things, with or without form, real or imaginary, the material or principle of an entity, something that holds onto its nature as a particular thing.  In this connection it is a most difficult term to translate.  The nearest English term to it is “element of existence,” taking unreal dharmas as having a negative existence.  It is best left untranslated except when it means the Law of the Buddha.”  -Wing-tsit Chan
Facts: “Tools of authority.”  -John Ralston Saul
Fafnir (Norse dragon)
Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel (German physicist)
Fai’ (Arabic: war booty gained without fighting)
Fairbanks; Douglas Elton & jr. (American actors)
In the Plain of Tara, the Stone of Fal calls for the true king.
Falconer, William (British poet & sailor)
False hero: “The only thing worse than a hero.”  -John Ralston Saul
Faludy, Gyorgy (Hungarian poet)
Famous Five (Canadian advocates of eugenics & feminists Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung & Emily Murphy)
Fanatic: “by which men mean that there is something indecent in passion and something dangerous in anger.”  -John Prebble
Fantastic Four #52: 1st African American superhero, Black Panther (1966)
Faraday, Michael (English physicist)
Farmer, Gary (Canadian/American actor from Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan)
Farnsworth, Philo Taylor (American engineer & inventor)
Farouk (last king of Egypt)
Farragut, David Glasgow (American naval officer)  Damn torpedoes–full speed ahead!
Farrell, Eileen (American soprano)
Facilitation (tool for consensus, the facilitator officiates at GAs or meetings)
The Fates (Latin fata, Greek moirai, daughters of Necessity) Clotho, Lachesis & Atropos; can be fooled by getting them drunk.  Also known to Vikings as the Norns; Urd, Verdandi & Skuld.
Fattah, Israa Abdel (Egyptian activist)
Fathom (6 feet)
Faucit, Helena Saville (English actress & writer)
Faure, Jean Baptiste (French baritone)
Faversham, William (English actor)
Favreau, Marc (Sol, Canadian actor)
Fawcett, Millicent Garrett (English author)
FBI (abbr. Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  -Revelation 2:10
“The only thing we need to fear is fear itself.”  -Franklin D. Roosevelt
Feasi, Robert (Swiss writer)
February (Latin februa: cleansing)
Fechner, Gustav Theodor (German philosopher & psychologist)
I told you I was sick.  -William Fedora, 1919-1993 (-his epitaph)
Feidhilm (Old Irish poet)
Feileadh beg (Scottish: short kilt)
Feileadh breacan (mor) (Scottish: long tartan wrapped about the body)
Feldstein, Al (American comics writer)
Feles (Latin: cat)
Felix (Latin: happy)
No action must be deemed a crime but what the law has plainly determined to be such: No crime must be imputed to a man but from legal proof before his judges; and even these judges must be his fellow-subjects, who are obliged, by their own interest, to have a watchful eye over the encroachments and violence of the ministers.  -David Hume
Laisser-faire.  -Marquis D’Argenson
“A female friend, amiable, clever and devoted, is a possesion more valuable than parks and palaces, and without such a muse, few men can succeed in life, none can be content.”  -Benjamin Disraeli
What lasting joys the man attend
Who has a polished female friend  -Cornelius Whurr
Femina (Latin: female)
Fenians (founded by John O’Mahony in New York, 1857)
Fenollosa, Mary McNeill (Sidney McCall, American author)
Fenris (Norse wolf covering winter sky, child of Loki)
Ferber, Edna (American writer)
Ferdinand (Austrian writer)
Ferdinand I, II & III (Holy Roman emperors)
Ferdinand I, II & IV (kings of Naples)
Ferdinand (the Great, king of Castile)
Ferdinand (king of Leon)
Ferdinand (the Catholic, king of Spain)
Ferdinand (king Rumania)
Ferdinand (czar of Bulgarians)
Ferguson, Adam (Scottish philosopher)
Ferguson, Craig (Scottish comedian)
Ferguson, Elsie (American actress)
Ferguson, James (Scottish astronomer)
Fergusson, Robert (Scottish poet)
Fergusson, Sir William (Scottish surgeon)
Fermat, Pierre de (French mathematician)
Fernald, Chester Bailey (American author)
Ferrier, Sir David (Scottish neurologist, Functions of the Brain, 1876)
Ferrier, James Frederick (Scottish philosopher)
Ferrier, Susan Edmonston (Scottish novelist)
Fetus: 3 months old.
Feuchtwanger, Lion (German writer)
Feuerbach, Ludwig Andreas (German philospher)
Fianna (Irish warrior elite)
Fichte; Immanuel Hermann & Johan Gottlieb (German philosophers)
I treated art as the supreme reality, and life as a mermaid of fiction.  -Oscar Wilde
“Fiddle n. An instrument to tickle the human ears by friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Field, Eugene (American writer)
Field, Kate (American actress)
Fielding, Henry (English novelist)
Fielding, Hon. William Stevens (prime minister of Nova Scotia)
Fields, Annie (Adams, American writer)
Fields, Gracie (Grace Sutherland, British singer & comedian)
Fields, W. C. (William Claude Dukenfield, American comedian)
1524 (Peasants’ War; the poor of Black Forest, Germany rose against the nobility for better treatment–over 100 000 were killed)
Fine (Scottish: clan warrior elite)
Finney, Albert (British actor)
Finn Mac Cool, Fingal (Celtic leader of the fiann in Ireland)
Firdausi (Persian poet)
“The cosmic religion of the Vedic Aryans tended toward anthropomorphism, but it was not idolatrous.  Fire was, therefore, regarded as the liaison between gods and men.”  Sources of Indian Tradition, Wm. Theodore de Bary
The Firesign Theatre (American comedians: Philip Proctor, David Ossman, Philip Austin & Peter Bergman)
First Class: “Should a plane crash, those seated at the front are almost guaranteed a clean death.  Their passage to the next world is eased by a decent last meal, unlimited alcohol and enough leg room to meet their end with dignity.”  -John Ralston Saul
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield (Dorothea Frances, American author)
Fiske, Bradley Allen (American naval officer & inventor)
Fiske, John (Edmund Greene, American philosopher)
Fiske, Minnie Maddern (American actress)
Fitch, John (American inventor of the steamboat)
Fitch, William Clyde (American playwright)
Fitzgerald, Edward (British poet & translator)
Fitzgerald, Ella (American jazz singer)
Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key (American writer)
Flagstad, Kirsten (Norwegian soprano)
Faherty, Robert Joseph (American director)
Flanner, Janet (Genet, American journalist)
Flaubert, Gustave (French novelist)
Flat hands (consensus hand signal, meaning impartiality)
Fleming, Sir Alexander (Scottish scientist that discovered penicillin)
Fleming, Ian Lancaster (British spy & writer)
Fleming, Sir John Ambrose (British electrical engineer)
Fleming, Marjory (precocious Scottish muse of Walter Scott [1803-1811])  There are a great many Girls in the Square and they cry just like a pig when we are under the painful necessity of putting it to Death.
Fleming, May Agnes (Canadian writer)
Fleming, Robert James Berkeley (Canadian composer)
Fletcher; Giles, jr. & Phineas (English writers)
Fletcher, John (English writer)  Charity and beating begins at home.
Fligo Flict (Latin: strike down)
Flodden (Northumberland, England; James IV & 10 000 men were killed, September 9, 1513)
Flotsam: goods floating in water.
FLQ (abbr. Front de liberation du Quebec) see October Crisis.
Flying Dutchman (ghost ship of Vanderdecken)
FM (abbr. frequency modulation, fermium, fathom or field marshal)
Foch, Ferdinand (French marshal)
Focus (Latin: hearth)
Fokine, Michel (Russian dancer & choreographer)
Fokker, Anthony Hermann Gerard (Dutch aircraft engineer)
Foley, John Henry (Irish sculptor)
Follen, Eliza Lee (Cabot, American writer)
Fonda; Henry, Jane & Peter (American actors)
Fontanne, Lynn (American actress)
Fonteyn, Dame Margot (Margaret Hookham, British ballerina)
Foote, Mary Hallock (American writer & artist)
Foote, Samuel (English actor & dramatist)
Forbes, James (Canadian playwright)
Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston (British actor)
Ford, Ford Madox (British writer & editor)
Ford, Gerald Rudolph (Leslie Lynch King jr., 38th president of U.S.)
Ford, Glenn (Canadian actor)
Ford, Harrison (American actor)
Ford; Henry & jr. (American car manufacturers)
Ford, John (English dramatist)
Ford, John (Sean O’Feeney, American director)
Fordun, John of ( Scottish chronicler)
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.  -Cosimo De Medici
“Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.”  -Howell Forgy
Formaldehyde (HCHO, oxidized methanol)
Forster, Edward Morgan (British writer) Only connect!  That was the whole of her sermon.  Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest.
Foster, Pops (American jazz double bass player)
Fourier, Francois Charles Marie (French social philosopher)
Fourier, Jean Baptiste Joseph Baron (French mathematician)
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
Fourth Dimension: time, the other 3 being space.
Fovant: “A taxi driver’s gesture, a raised hand pointed out of a window which purports to mean ‘thank you’ and actually means ‘fuck off out of my way’.”  -The Book of Liff
Fowler; Francis & Henry Watson (British lexicographers)
Fowler, Ellen Thorney Croft (British writer)
Fox, George (founder of the Society of Friends, Quakers)
Fox; Edward & James (British actors)
Fox, Terry (Canadian champion for cancer research)
Fae (Scottish: from)
Ce qui n’est pas clair n’est pas Francais.  -Antoine De Rivarol
France, Anatole (Jacques Thibault, French writer) La majestueuse egalite des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les pont, de mendier dans les rues et de voler du pain.
Francis I & II (Holy Roman emperors)
Francis (king of France)
Francis (king of the 2 Sicilies)
Francis (king of Naples & Sicily)
Saint Francis of Assisi (founder of the Franciscan order)
Saint Francis Xavier (Spanish Jesuit missionary)
Francis, Joseph (emperor of Austria & king of Hungary)
Francis, Robert (Canadian painter)
Franck, Cesar Auguste (Belgian composer & organist)
Frankenthaler, Helen (American artist)
Frankland; Sir Edward & Percy Faraday (English chemists)
Franklin, Benjamin (American statesman & scientist) We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. 
Fraser, Sheila (Canadian Auditor-General)  “Ms. Fraser’s report listed a scene of misuses that funneled $100-million of the government’s $250-million sponsorship programs to the ad agencies, including paying them hefty commissions to transfer money between government bodies, double-billing, false invoices and payments for work not done.
“Five Crown corporations were enlisted to help funnel cash to the agencies through “highly questionable methods,” with abuses touching a long list of branches of government, including the RCMP.
“”Everytime I read this report I get angry,” she told reporters, adding later, “I mean, this is outrageous, what happened here.””  -The Globe and Mail; Feb 11, 2004
Fraser, Simon (Canadian fur trader & explorer)
Frazer, Sir James George (British anthropologist & writer)
Frazier, Joe (American boxer)
Frechette, Louis Honore (Canadian writer)
Fredegond (Frankish queen)
Frederick I, II & III (Holy Roman emperors)
Frederick I, II, III & VIII (kings of Denmark)
Frederick I & II (kings of Prussia)
Frederick III (king of Prussia & German emperor)
Frederick III (king of Sicily)
Frederick, Augustus I & II (kings of Saxony)
Frederick, William I, II, III & IV (kings of Prussia)
We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake; the faith and the morals hold
Which Milton held.  -William Wordsworth
Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.  The maxim is worthy of the fool in old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learnt to swim.  If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait for ever.”  -Lord MaCaulay
“Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work, and in that work does what he wants to.”  -R. G. Collingwood
Free Masons: Grand Lodge, Knights Templar, Royal Arch, Scottish Rite & The Shrine (Shriners).  “Between about 1550 and 1700, the Freemasons changed.  They ceased to be an illegal trade union of working masons who accepted the doctrines of the Catholic Church, and became an organization of intellectual gentlemen who favoured religious toleration and friendship between men of different religions, and thought that a simple belief in God should replace controversial theological doctrines.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons
Free Running (founded in Lisses, France)
Fremont, Jessie Benton (American author)
Freneau, Philip (American poet & mariner)
“In October 1789 there was another rumour of a military coup when officers of the royal guard at Versailles gave an enthusiastic demonstration of loyalty to Marie Antoinette when she appeared at a banquet in which they were taking part.  The people of Paris, led by the women, marched to Versailles and forced the King and Queen and their children to return with them to Paris, where they were held as virtual prisoners in their palace of the Tuileries.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons
“If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking & loving, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”  -Clement Freud
Freud, Sigmund (Austrian psychiatrist)
Frewer, Matt (Canadian actor, Max Headroom)
Frey (Norse god of peace & prosperity)
Frieden, Betty Naomi (American feminist)
“Friendship n. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Frigga (Norse god of the sky)
Frisch, Karl von (Austrian zoologist)
Frisch, Max Rudolph (Swiss writer)
Friya (Scandinavian goddess of love and the underworld, wife of Wodin, sister of Frey) hence Friday.
Frohschammer, Jakob (German philosopher & theologian)
Frost, Robert (American poet)
Froud, Brian (British artist)
Fructose (C6H12O6, laevulose; fruit sugar, soluble crystalline hexose)
Fry, Elizabeth (English social reformer)
Fuad (king of Egypt)
Fuath (Irish: hatred)
Fuathaim (Irish: hate)
Fuck n.v. (see Screw)
Fuisce (Irish: whisky)
Fuller, R. Buckminster (American inventor of the geodesic dome)
Fuller, Samuel (American writer & director)
Fuller, Sarah Margaret (the Marchioness Ossoli, American writer)
Fullerton, Lady Georgina (English novelist)
Fulton, Robert (American engineer & inventor, Nautilus)
Fung-Hwang (king of Phoenix)
Funicello, Annette (American Mousketeer)
Furneaux, Tobias (English navigator)
Fuseli, Henry (Johann Heinrich Fussli, Swiss artist)
So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be.  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  -Matthew 6:34
F-Word (fuck)


(je) Greek gamma: camel (γ); Arabic ghayn; Hebrew geemel: 3, 13, camel, Tuesday; 3rd letter of Hebrew aleph-bet; runic gebo (X): partnership, a gift, offerings; Scottish gort: the garden; free energy; gravitational constant (G: 6.664×10-11N m2 kg-2); acceleration at free fall (g: 9.806 65m* s-2); grain; gallon; guage; gauss; gelding; gender; good; guide; gulf; gramme or a thousand dollars.

GA (abbr. gallium, Georgia or general assembly)

GABA: y-aminobutyric acid, neurotransmitter (valium).

Gable, William Clark (the King of Hollywood, American actor)

Gabrilovitch, Ossip (Russian pianist)

Gaddi; Gaddo, Taddo & Agnolo (Italian artists)

Gael (Irish: Irishman)

Gaelach (Irish: Irish)

Gaff “(1) The name given to an implement used by fishermen for helping to land a fish.  It consists of a small spear with a hook or fork at the end.  (2) A nautical term used to denote a boom used by sailors to extend the upper end of the sails used by ships rigged fore and aft.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Gagarin, Yuri Alexeevich (Russian, 1st man in space [1961])

Gaia (Greek earth mother of the titans, Cyclopes & Hecatoncheires)

Gaiman, Neil (British writer)

Gaines, William M. (American publisher [MAD])

Gainsborough, Thomas (English artist, The Blue Boy)

Gaiseric, Genseric (1st Vandal king of Africa)

Gaius, Ceasar Caligula (Roman emperor)

Galad (Scottish: a brave lass)

Galatea (sea nymphs; or the statue Pygmalion carved, fell in love with, then came to life)

Galba, Servius Sulpicius (Roman emperor)

Galen (Greek physician)

Galerius, Valerius Maximianus (Roman emperor)

Galilei, Galileo (Italian astronomer)

Gall (Scottish: Gaul, Norseman, Saxon, Lowlander, any foreigner)

Galla (Scottish: a bitch)

Gallary, Slim (American jazz musician)

Gallaudet; Edward, jr. & Thomas (American educators for the deaf & dumb)

Gallienus, Publius Licinius Egnatius (Roman emperor)

Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (Scottish Canadian statesman, son of John)

Galt, John (Scottish novelist)

Galton, Sir Francis (English anthropologist, founder of eugenics, cousin of Charles Darwin)

Ganesha (Hindu god of prudence)

Gang (German: a going)

Ganz, Rudolph (Swiss pianist)

Gaol (Scottish: love)

“Punished behaviour is likely to reappear after the punitive contingencies are withdrawn.”  -B. F. Skinner

Garbo, Greta (Gustavson, Swedish actress)

Garcilaso de la Vega (Spanish poet)

Garden, Mary (Scottish soprano)

Garfield, James Abram (20th president of the U.S., assissinated July 2nd, 1881)

Garland, Judy (Frances Gumm, American actress & singer)

Garnett; Richard & jr. (English book keepers at the British Museum)

Garrick, David (English actor & dramatist)

Garrison, William Lloyd (American abolitionist)

Garvey, Marcus Moziah Aurelius (Jamaican founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association & responsible for the resettlement of Liberia)

Gas Law (ideal): PV=RT (a combination of Boyle’s Law [PV=K], the Pressure Law [P/T=K] & Charles’ Law [V/T=K])

Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (Stevenson, English novelist)

Gaudi, Antonio (Spanish architect)

Gauguin, Eugene Henri Paul (French painter)

Gauss, Johann Karl Friedrich (German mathematician)

Gautama, Siddhartha (the Buddha)

Gautier, Theophile (French writer)

Gay, John (English writer)

Gay, Marie Francoise Sophie (French writer & musician)

Gayadumsque (Micmac: Glooscap’s enemy, a giant beaver)

Gay-Lussac, Joseph Louis (French chemist & physicist)

Gayner, Janet (American actress)

Ge (daughter of Phanes)

Geist (German: time, Hegel: spirit of the)

Gelatin: boiled bones & cartilage.

Gelb (German: yellow)

Geld (German: gold)

“Genealogy n. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.”  -Ambrose Bierce

Genet, Jean (French writer)

Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.  -William Butler

Geneva Convention: concerns treatment of sick & wounded soldiers, neutrality of ambulances & hospitals, from Henri Dunant in 1864 (UN Souvenir de Solferino), followed in 1906 and adopted by most nations.

Le genie n’est qu’une plus grande aptitude a la patience.  -Comte De Buffon

Genius…has been defined as a supreme capacity for taking trouble (Thomas Carlyle)…It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting it’s possessors into pains of all kinds, and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains.  -Samuel Butler

Genius is one per cent inspiration and nine-ty-nine per cent perspiration.  -Thomas Alva Edison

“All men fall into two main divisions.  Those who value human relationships, and those who value social or financial advancement.  The first division are gentlemen, the second division are cads.”  -Norman Douglas

Genos (Greek: family)

Genshin (Yeshin Sozu, Japanese artist)

Geoffrey; Claude Joseph & Etienne Francois (French chemists)

Geoffrey; Saint-Hilaire & jr. (French zoologists)

George I & II (kings of Britain)

George III & IV (kings of Britain & Ireland)

George V & VI (kings of Britain, Ireland & emperors of India)

George I & II (kings of Greece)

George, Grace (American actress)

George; Henry & jr. (American economists)

Saint George (patron of England, Portugal & Aragon)

Gerardy, Jean (Belgian cellist)

Gerome, Jean Leon (French painter)

Geronimo (Apache chief)

Gerould, Katherine (American novelist)

Gershwin, George (Jacob, American composer)

Gerstenberg, Heinrich (German writer)

Geta, Publius Septimius (Roman emperor)

Ghiberti, Lorenzo (Italian sculptor)

Giant Panda (Chinese, 1 of the WMES)

Giants (born by the castration blood of Uranus)

Gibran, Khalil (Lebanese poet)

Gibson, Clifford (American blues musician)

“But the future dims the present even more than the present dimmed the past; ever since our night in Sorrento, all my love, all my life had been projected onto the future.”  -Andre Gide

Gielgud, John (English actor)

Gigantomachy (Greek: battle between gods & giants)

Gilbert, William Schwenk (English librettist & co-writer of Savoy operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan)

Gilfillan, George (Scottish poet)

Gilgamesh (Babylonian hero)

Gillespie, John Birks (Dizzy, Clown Prince of Bebop, American jazz trumpet player)

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (American writer)

Ginesthai (Greek: arise)

Ginsberg, Allen (American poet)

Ginsberg, Christian (Polish rabbinical scholar)

Giordano, Luca (Italian artist)

Giraldi, Giovanni Battista (Italian poet)

Girardin, Delphine de (French poet)

Giric (king of Scotland)

Giusti, Giuseppe (Italian poet)

Giver of Pain & Delight: “a hot woman, hopefully wearing Nancy Sinatra-like boots (female race in the original Star Trek episode, ‘Spock’s Brain’)  -Ebionics

Glas (Welsh: silvery blue)

Glasow: “The feeling of infinite sadness engendered when walking through a place filled with happy people fifteen years younger than yourself.”  -The Book of Liff

Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson (American novelist)

Glaspell, Susan (Mrs. George Cram Cook, American writer)

Glaucus “(1) Son of Sisyphus, torn in pieces by his own horses; (2) Lycian prince, slain by Ajax in Trojan War; (3) s. of Minos, accidentally smothered in a pot of honey, but miraculously restored to life; (4) fisherman of Anthedon (Boeotia), afterwards changed into a sea-god.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

Glaukos (Greek: greyish blue)

Gleason, Herbert John (Jackie, American actor)

Glencoe (North Argyllshire, Scotland; where the MacDonalds were massacred [1692])

Glendower, Owen (Welsh nationalist)

Glenn, John Herschel jr. (American Mercury astronaut & politician)

Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich (the Father of Russian music, Russian composer)

Glockenspiel (German: bell-play)

GLODO (abbr. Group for the Liberation of Orange Land and the Destruction of Others; TOPOFF-2, a fictional terrorist group created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Glooscap (the Master, Micmac guardian spirit of the waters)

Glover, Crispin (American actor)

Glover, Danny (American actor)

Glucose (C6H12O6, dextrose; crystalline soluble sugar in honey & fruit)

Glyn, Elinor Sutherland (British author)

Gnosticism: “a name used to embrace a number of sects on the borderland between Christianity and heathen thought.  Its root principle was not faith but knowledge (gnosis), which was given to the initiated only.  In its speculations it mixed up the Platonic theory of ideas (that everything has a spiritual arche-type) with an Oriental dualism which made all matter evil.  The supreme God was removed form the world and could only communicate with it by a number of aeons, in which various principles and ideas were personified.

“G. was antagonistic to Judaism, for it held that the God of the O.T. to be the Demiurge, a secondary God.  The opposition of spirit and matter is Gr. idea, but into this is united the idea of a conflict in the present world between forces of good and evil, which Zoroastrian Gnosticism was essentially mystical and also sacramental; many sacraments analogous to Christian rites were invented.  Like other heretics, Gnostics were charged with immorality, and not without cause, as they tended to oscillate between asceticism and licentiousness.  Christianity prevailed against the movement, as it also did against the Ebionites, some of whom leaned to Gnosticism.” -World’s Popular Encyclopedia

God: “Either God is alive, in which case he’ll deal with us as he sees fit.  Or he is dead, in which case he was never alive, it being unlikely that he died of old age.”  -John Ralston Saul

God the first garden made, the first city Cain.  -Abraham Cowley

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  -Psalm 51:17

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.  -William Cowper

The world’s greatest age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn;
Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam,
Like wrecks of a dissolving dream.  -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Godard, Jean-Luc (French director)

Godden, Rumer (British writer)

Godfrey of Bouillon (French leader in 1st crusade, 1096)

Godowsky, Leopold (Russian pianist)

Godwin, William (English writer, married Mary Wollstoncraft)

Goebbels, Paul Joseph (Nazi German minister of propaganda)

Goering, Hermann Whilhelm (Nazi German air minister)

Gogol, Nokolay Vasilyevich (Russian writer)

Golden Lion Tamarin (South American, 1 of the WMES)

Golding, William Gerald (British writer)

Goldman, Emma (Russian anarchist)


Goldsmith, Oliver (Irish writer)

Gompers, Samuel (English labour leader)

Goncharov, Ivan Alexandrovich (Russian novelist)

Goncourt; Edmond Louis Antoine de & Jules Alfred Huot de (French writers & critics)

Good & Evil: “101. I was pulling weeds out from among the flowers and there upon said, “How difficult it is in the world to cultivate good and remove evil!”
“The Teacher said, “Only because no effort is made to do so.”  A little later, he said, “Such a view of good and evil is motivated by personal interest and is therefore easily wrong.”  I did not understand.  The Teacher said, “The spirit of life of Heaven and Earth is the same in flowers and weeds.  Where have they the distinction of good and evil?  When you want to enjoy flowers, you will consider flowers good and weeds evil.  But when you want to use weeds, you will then consider them good.  Such good and evil are all products of the mind’s likes and dislikes.  Therefore I know that you are wrong.””  -Wang Yang-ming

Goodman, Benny (King of Swing, American jazz musician)

Goodyear, Charles (American inventor)

The Goon Show (English comedians Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan & Harry Secombe)

Gorboduc (British king)

Gordianus, Marcus Antonius (Roman emperor)

Gordimer, Nadine (South African writer)

Gordon, Bert I. (American director)

Gordon, Charles William (Ralph Connor, Canadian novelist)

Gordon, Ruth (American actress)

Gorgon (with the crown of snakes, killed by Athena)

The Gorgons (Medusa, Stheno & Euryale; female monsters that turned mortals to stone)

Gorky, Maxim (Alexei Maximaovitch, Russian author)

Goshun, Matsumura (Japanese artist, founder of Shijo school)

Gossett, Ted (American country fiddle player)

Gould, Glenn (Canadian pianist & composer)

Gouverner, c’est choisir.  -Duc De Levis

He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.  -Philip Massinger

All government is evil, and the parent of evil… The best government is that which governs least.  -John L. O’Sullivan

There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.  -Adam Smith

“The important thing for Government is not to do things which individuals are doing already, and to do them a little better of a little worse; but to do those things which at present are not done at all.”  -J. M. Keynes

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (Spanish artist)

Gra (Irish: love s.)

The Graces (daughters of Zeus, Thalia [the flowering], Euphrosyne [joy] & Aglia [the radiant])

Greatz, Heinrich (Jewish historian)

Graham, Martha (American ballet dancer & choreographer)

Graham, Sylvester (American food reformer)

Graham, Thomas (British chemist)

Grahame, Kenneth (British writer)

Graiae (sisters of the gorgons that share 1 eye between them; Dino, Enyo & Pemphredo)

Graim (Irish: love v.)

Gram (Norse sword of magic)

Grant, Cary (Archibald Leach, English actor)

Grant; Frederick Dent & Ulysses Simpson (American soldiers)

Grass, Gunter (German writer)

Grasso, Ella Tambussi (1st female American governor [1975])

Gratianus (Roman emperor)

Grattan, Henry (Irish statesman)

Graves, Robert Ranke (British writer)

Gravitation: “In this theory the presence of matter in space causes space to ‘curve’ in such a manner that the gravitational field is set up.  Thus gravitation becomes a property of space itself.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science

Gray, David (Scottish poet)

Gray, Elisha (American inventor)

Gray, Spalding (American actor)

Gray, Thomas (English poet)

Equo ne credite, Teucri.  Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentis.  -Virgil

“When all principles of heaven and earth and the myriad things are put together, that is the Great Ultimate.  The Great Ultimate originally has no such name.  It is merely a name to express its character.
“122. There is no other event in the universe except yin and yang succeeding each other in an unceasing cycle.  This is called Change.  However, for these activity and tranquillity, there must be the principles which make them possible.  This is the Great Ultimate.”  -Chu Hsi

Greco, Dominico Theotocopuli El (Cretan artist)

Greeley, Horace (American journalist)

Green, Anna Katherine (American author)

Green, Jeff (Canadian producer, director, actor, &c, Cowboy Who?)

Green, Rick (Canadian comedian, Four on the Floor, Prisoners of Gravity)

Green Hornet (Van Williams)

Greenaway, Kate (Catherine, English water colourist & illustrator)

Greene, Henry Grahame (British writer)

Greene, Lorne Hyman (Canadian actor)

Greene, Robert (English writer)

Greene, Sarah Pratt (American author)

Greenhouse Effect: carbon dioxide traps long-wave radiation (solar energy) inside earth’s atmosphere.

Gregory, Augusta Lady (Irish writer)

Greim (Irish: bite s.)

Grell, Mike (American comics artist & writer, The Warlord)

Grenville, Sir Richard (English mariner, Revenge)

Grey, Albert Henry George Grey 4th Earl (governor general of Canada, Grey Cup)

Grey, Lady Jane (queen of England for 9 days)

Grey, Zane (American western writer)

Gribble, Wilfred (Canadian proletarian poet, Rhymes of Revolt)  

The writer of these verses is indifferent to the opinions which may be expressed on them by those who may consider themselves poetical critics.

Probably most, or all of them, will not be considered sufficiently “deep”, sufficiently obscure, to be real poetry.

If, however, the writer, having expressed, having given vent, by means of the contents of this book, to his own resentment at the present system of wage servitude and his own hope for the future, has succeeded in doing the same with others, the object of its publication will have been attained.

There are technical faults in some of these verses; there are crudities, a little homely slang is used at times; well, they were written by a worker for workers and if appreciated by the workers in revolt, that is all that seems necessary to [me].

Grieg, Edvard Hagerup (Norwegian composer)

Griffith, David Wark (Lewelyn, American director)

Grigg; Ausie, Crockett, Ione, Lorean & Robert (Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers, American country musicians)

Grillparzer, Franz (Austrian writer)

Grimaldi, Joseph (English clown)

Grimm; Jacob Ludwig Karl & Wilhelm (German writers)

Gris, Juan (Jose Victoriano Gonzales, Spanish cubist painter)

Groening, Matt (American cartoonist, The Simpsons)

Gropius, Walter (German architect)

Gross; Mary & Michael (American actors)

Grosz, George (German dadaist artist)

Grotius, Hugo (Huig de Groot, Dutch lawyer & writer)

Group of Seven (Canadian painters, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. T. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald & F. H. Varley)

Grove, Sir George (British civil engineer & musicologist, Dictionary of Music and Musicians)

Growing Pains (Kirk Cameron & Alan Thicke, family sit-com introduced Brad Pitt & Leonardo Dicaprio to the small screen)

Growth: “The assumption that prosperity is dependent on growth is an inseparable part of our obsession with competition, our confusion over debt and our exclusionary approach towards economics.”  -John Ralston Saul

Grub Street (Milton Street, London; where poor writers lived)

Grunewald, Mathias (Mathis Gothart Neithart, German painter)

Gryphius, Andreas (German writer)

Guarneri; Andrea & Giuseppe (Italian violin makers)

Guatanamo Bay (Cuba, Camp X-RAy, Camp Delta; Gen. Sanchez & Gen. Miller commanding as they would later in Abu Graib, using identical policies for treatment of prisoners, 1st at Guatanamo at the request of Donald Rumsfeld, including “isolation,” “deprivation of light,” removal of “religious items and clothes,” “use individual phobias (such-as-from dogs),” “stress positions (like standing) a maximum of four hours,” “However,” Rumsfeld wrote, “I stand for 8-10 hours a day.”  Then Sanchez outlined similar methods for Abu Graib, “isolation,” “working dogs,” “stress positions,” “sleep management,” “dietary (&) environmental manipulation.”) “Guatanamo Bay’s climate is very different than Afghanistan.  To be in a eight-by-eight cell in beautiful sunny Guatanamo Bay, Cuba is not uh… inhumane treatment.”  -Donald Rumsfeld

Guericke, Otto von (German physicist)

Guevara, Ernesto (Che, Argentinian revolutionary)

Guido Reni (Italian artist)

Guiney, Louise Imogen (American poet)

Guinness, Alec (British actor)

Guiteau, Charles Julius (American lawyer & assassin of Garfield)

Guitry; Lucien & Sacha (French actors)

“I bought a gun but chose drugs instead.”  -Kurt Cobain

Gunn, Thomson William (British poet)

Gustavus I, II, III IV & V (kings of Sweden)

Gutenberg, Johann (German printer)

Guthrie, Thomas (Scottish preacher)

Guthrie; Woody, Arlo, Abe & Sarah Lee (American folk musicians)

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo.  -Bishop Hugh Latimer

Gwyn, Nell Eleanor (English actress, mistress of Charles II)

Gyges (king Lydia)

Gyp (Gabrielle Riquetti de Mirabaeu, French novelist)




(ach) Greek eta: 8; Arabic ha; Hebrew heh or heth: 5, fence, barrier; runic hagalaz: disruption, hail, sleet, natural disasters; chemistry: hydrogen; heat content (enthalpy, H); magnetic field strength; henry; hecto-; harbour; height; high; hour; hundred; husband; hard(ness) or Planck’s constant (p=6.626 196×10-34 j s, h=hl2Π).

H+ (abbr. hydrogen ion, the proton)
Ha (Hebrew: the)
Haakon I, IV & VII (kings of Norway)
Haase, Hugo (German actor)
HABEAS CORPUS (Latin: you shall have the body)
Habibullah Khan (amir of Afghanistan)
“Habit n. A shackle for the free.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Hackett, James Henry (American actor)
Hades (king of the underworld, brother of Zeus & Poseidon)
Haden, Sir Francis Seymour (English surgeon & artist)
Hading, Jane (French actress)
Hadith (Arabic: tradition)
Hae (Scottish: to have)
Haere mai (Moari: come hither)
Hajj (Arabic: pilgrimage)
Hajji (Arabic: one who has made the pilgrimage)
Hadrian, Publius Aelius Hadrianus (Roman emperor)
Hafiz (Arabic: guard, watch, one who knows the Koran by heart)
Hafiz (Muhammed Shams ed-Din, Persian poet)
Hagar (Abraham’s concubine)
Haggadah (nonlegal park of the Talmud, Jewish literature or a book read at Passover Seder)
Haggard, Sir Henry Rider (English novelist)
Haggis (“Scotspudding, consisting of sheep’s lung, heart, and liver, chopped fine, and mixed with oatmeal, suet, ands spices, boiled for three or more hours in a sheep’s stomach.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Hahnemann, Samuel Christian Friedrich (German physician & founder of homeopathy)
Haile Selassie (Ras Taffari, the Lion of Judah, the Elect of God; Ethiopian emperor, revered by West Indian Rastafarians)
Halakah (legal part of Talmud)
Hale, Louise Closser (American actress & author)
“I regret that I have but one life to give to my country.”  -Nathan Hale
Halevi, Judah Ben Samuel (Spanish poet)
Haliburton, Thomas Chandler (Sam Slick, Canadian author)
Halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, idodine & Astatine)
Hall, Monty (Canadian host of Let’s Make a Deal)
Hallel (Hebrew: song of praise, praise [Psalms 113-118])
Haller, Albrecht Von (Swiss anatomist, physiologist, pathologist, botanist & poet)
Halley, Edmund (English astronomer)
Hals, Frans (Dutch artist)
Hambourg, Mark (Russian pianist & composer)
Hamilcar Barca (Carathaginian general, father of Hannibal)
Hamilton, Gail (Mary Abigail Dodge, American author)
Hamlet (prince of Denmark, Lawrence Olivier) see Shakespeare.
Hammerstein, Oscar II (American song writer)
Hammett, Dashiell (American writer)
Hammurabi, King (Babylon, law maker)
Hampden, Walter (Dougherty, American actor)
Hampton, Lionel (American jazz vibraphone musician)
Hamsun, Knut (Knut Pedersen, Norwegian writer)
Handel, George Frederick (Anglo-German composer)
Handy, William Christopher (W. C. Handy, American jazz musician & composer)
Hannay, James (Scottish author)
Hannibal (Carthaginian general, Anthony Hopkins)
Hanna, Kathleen (American rock musician & 3rd wave feminist, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin)
Hanno (Carthaginian navigator)
Hanno (the Great, Carthaginian general)
Hansen, Marc (American comics artist & writer, Ralph Snart)
Hanuman (Indian monkey god)
Haphtarah (reading from prophets at synagogue on Sabbath)
Be happy while y’er leevin,
For y’er a lang time deid.  -Scottish house motto
Hara-kiri (traditional Japanese suicide)
Harald I & III (kings of Norway)
Hardicanute (king of England)
Hardin, Lillian (Lil, American jazz piano player)
Hardy, Oliver (American comedian, Laurel & Hardy)
Hardy, Thomas (English writer)
Hard work: “The work ethic remains a popular explanation for the success of the West.  This doubtful argument relies heavily on comparing humans to insects such as ants.  Above all, the work ethic has a feel about it of low-level morality aimed at the poorer end of society.”  -John Ralston Saul
Harijan (Hindu untouchable, the lowest caste)
Harlan, Otis (American actor)
Harland, Henry (Sidney Luska, Russian author)
Harlow, Jean (Harlean Carpentier, American actress)
Harmony (daughter of Aphrodite & Ares, wife of Cadmus)
Harold I & II (kings of England)
Harold III (king of Norway)
Harper, Ida Husted (American writer)
“The Lord is Coming!  Everyone look busy!”  -Jason Harper
Harraden, Beatrice (English novelist)
Harris, Corra May (White, American author)
Harris, Emmylou (American country musician)
Harris, Frank (Irish writer)
Harris, Joel Chandler (American writer)
Harris, Thomas Lake (American poet & cult leader)
Harrison, Mrs. Burton (Constance Cary, American writer)
Harrison, George (English rock musician, The Beatles)
Harrison, Jerry (American musician; The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads)
Harrison, Mary St. Leger (Lucas Malet, English novelist)
Harrison, Rex (English actor)
Harry (blind minstrel of Scotland, William Wallace)
Harryhausen, Ray (American master of stop-motion filmmaking)
Hart, Lorenz Milton (American lyricist)
Harte, Francis Bret (American writer)
Hartley, Hal (American director)
Hartman, Phil (Canadian actor)
Hartmann, Karl Robert Eduard Von (German philosopher)
Harun al-Rashid (Abbasid caliph of Bagdad)
Harvard, John (English founder of the university)
Harvey, Gabriel (English writer)
Harvey, William (English physician, discovered circulation of blood)
Hasdrubal (Carthaginian general, son of Hamilcar Barca, brother of Hannibal)
Hassan II (king of Morocco)
Hathaway, Anne (wife of Shakespeare, mother of Susanna, Hammet & Judith)
Hathor (Egyptian goddess of love, creation, happiness & beauty)
Hatshepsut (queen of Egypt)
Hauff, Wilhelm (German writer)
Hauptmann, Gerhart (German writer)
Hauy, Rene Just (French physicist & mineralogist)
Havergal, Frances Ridley (English poet)
Hawawa (Hawaiian: awkward)
Hawes, Stephen (English poet)
Hawking, Stephen (American physicist)
Hawkins, Anthony Hope (English writer)
Hawkins, Coleman (American tenor clarinet & bass saxophonist)
Hawkins; Sir John & Sir Richard (English admirals)
Hawkins, Walter (Buddy Boy, American blues musician)
Hawthorne, Hildegarde (American author)
Hawthorne; Julian, Nathaniel & Rose (American writers)
Hayden (Canadian folk musician)
Hayden, Charlie (American jazz musician)
Hayden, Sterling (American actor)
Haydn, Franz Joseph (Austrian composer)
Haydon, Benjamin Robert (English painter)
Hayes, Helen (American actress)
Hayes, Isaac (American composer, actor & king of a small tribe in Africa; Chef, Truck Turner)
Hayton (king of Cilicia)
Haywood, Eliza (English novelist)
Hazing: primitive initiation ritual.
He (abbr. helium, 5th letter of aleph-bet or third person male singular)
Heaney, Seamus Justin (Irish poet)
Heanton Punchardon: “A violent argument which breaks out in the car on the way home from a party between a couple who have had to be polite to each other in company all evening.”  -The Book of Liff
Hearst, William Randolph (American publisher, Citizen Kane)
“I am certain of nothing, but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination–what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth–whether it existed before or not.”  -John Keats
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  -John 3:12
Hebe (daughter of Zeus & Hera, cup-bearer to the gods, wife of Heracles)
Hecate (Pheraia, Greek goddess of the underworld, daughter of Perses & Astraea)
Hector (Trojan prince, son of Priam & Hecuba, husband of Andromache, father of Astyanax, killed by Achilles)
Hedone (Greek: pleasure)
Heenalu (Hawaiian: surfing)
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (German philosopher)
Hegemon (Greek: leader)
Heh (Egyptian: eternity)
Heifetz, Jascha (Russian violinist)
Heine, Heinrich (German poet)
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle (that the position or direction of particles cannot be known, greater or equal to Planck’s constant divided by 4Π)
Hel (Norse goddess of death by disease, daughter of Loki & Angurboda; lives in Niflheim, eternal snow & darkness)
Helen (Dendrites [of the tree], daughter of Zeus & Nemesis)
Helewale (Hawaiian: naked, without purpose)
Heliogabalus, Elagabalus (Roman emperor)
Helios (Greek sun god)
Hell, Richard (Meyers, American rock musician, Television, The Heartbreakers)
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von (German philosopher & physicist)
Hemens, Felicia Dorothea (English poet)
Hemingway, Ernest Miller (American writer)
Hemp (Cannabis sativa) renewable multipurpose resource (fuel, oil, paper, clothing, food, &c.)
“Much of the most irrational juvenile violence and killing that has written a new chapter of shame and tragedy is traceable directly to this hemp intoxication.  A gang of boys tear the clothes from two school girls and rape the screaming girls, one boy after the other.  A sixteen-year-old kills his entire family of five in Florida, a man in Minnesota puts a bullet through the head of a stranger on the road; in Colorado a husband tries to shoot his wife, kills her grandmother instead and then kills himself.  Every one of these crimes had been preceeded by the smoking of one or more marihuana ‘reefers’.”  -Harry J. Anslinger, U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics
Hempel, Frieda (German operatic soprano)
Henderson, Fletcher (American jazz piano player & arranger)
Hendrix, James Marshall (Jimi, American rock musician)
Hengist (Germanic chieftan, brother of Horsa)
Henning, Doug (Canadian magician & leader of the Natural Law Party)
Henry I, II, III, IV, V, VI & VII (kings of England)
Henry VIII (king of England & Ireland)
Henry I, II, III, IV, V, VI & VII (Holy Roman emperors)
Henry I, II, III & IV (kings of France) Je veux qu’il n’y ait si pauvre paysan en mon royaume qu’il n’ait tous les dimanches sa poule au pot. (IV)
Henry I & II (kings of Navarre)
Henry VII (king of Germany)
Henry Raspe (king of Germany)
Henry (king of Portugal)
Henry I, II, III & IV (kings of Castile)
Henry (emperor of Constantinople)
Henry (the Navigator, prince of Portugal)
Give me liberty or give me death.  -Patrick Henry
Henson, Jim (American Muppeteer)
Hepburn, Katherine (American actress)
Hephaestus (Greek god of metalwork, son of Zeus & Hera)
Hera (Greek goddess of the bed, wife of Zeus)
Heracles (Greek: glory of Hera, son of Zeus & Alcmene)
Heraclitus (Greek philosopher)
Heraclius (Byzantine emperor)
Heredia, Jose Marie de (French poet)
Heredia Y Campuzano, Jose Maria (Cuban poet)
Herford, Oliver (English author)
Hermann, Bernard (American composer)
Hermes (Greek god of thieves, travelers & dead)
Herne; James A. & Crystal (American actors)
Herod (king of Judea)
Herodotus (Greek father of history)
H is for Heroin (white crystalline compound, C17H17NO(C2H3O2))  see Opium.
Heroes: “An illusion of leadership.”  -John Ralston Saul
Herrera; Francisco & jr. (Spanish painters)
Herschel; Caroline Lucretia, Sir John Frederick William & Sir William (English astronomers)
Hertz, Joseph Herman (Hungarian theologian & rabbi)
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolf (German physicist)
Herzl, Theodor (Austro-Hungarian politician & founder of the Zionist movement)
The Hesperides (Aegle, Arethusa & Hesperia; daughters of Erebus & Nox)
Hess, Dame Myra (British pianist)
Hesse, Hermann (German writer)
Hestia (Greek goddess of the hearth)
Heston, Charlton (formerly the quintessential American actor)
Hewlett, David (Canadian actor)
Hexagon: the shape of snowflakes.
HF (abbr. high frequency, 3000 – 30 000 kilohertz)
Hi (Japanese: yes)
Hicks, Edward (American preacher & painter)
Hicks, Robert (Barbecue Bob, American blues musician)
Hicks, William Melvin (Bill, American comedian)
Hiempsal II (king of Numidia)
From the l0ne shieling of misty island
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas–
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides!
For we are exiles from our father’s land.  -John Galt
Highland Clearances (Year of the Sheep, [Scottish Gaelic: Fuadaichean nan Gàidheal [ˈfuət̪ɪçən nəŋ ˈɡɛː.əl̪ˠ], the “eviction of the Gaels“] between 1750 & 1860 when village after village of the Scottish Highland and Islands were evicted, sent to the coast or Canada, and replaced with wool producing sheep)
Hill, Alex (American jazz piano player & arranger)
Hillel (Babylonian rabbi)
Hiller, Ferdinand (German composer)
Himmel m. (German: heaven)
Hines, Earl (Fatha, American jazz piano player)
Hipparchus (Greek astronomer)
Hippocrates (Greek philosopher & physician)
Hipplyta (queen of the Amazons)
Hipponax (Greek poet)
Hirohito (emperor of Japan)
Hiroshige, Ando (Japanese artist)
Histamine (white crystalline compound, C5H9N3O2)
History & Government: “As to setting up schemes or arranging for details, neither the Book of History nor Confucius said anything about them.  Is it because they ignored substance and overlooked details?  Probably because the ancient institutions were meant to govern the ancient world and cannot be generally followed today, the superior man does not base his activities on them, and because what is suitable today can govern the world of today but will not necessarily be suitable for the future, the superior man does not hand it down to posterity as a model.”  -Wang Fu-chih
History is philosphy from examples.  -Dionysius of Halicarnassus
There is properly no history; only biography.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson
En effet, l’histoire n’est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.  -Voltaire
Hitchcock, Alfred (British director)
HIV (abbr. human immunodeficiency virsus)
Hlothhere (king of Kent)
Hoban, James (Irish architect, the White House)
Hobbes, Thomas (English philosopher)
Hodur (Norse, blind brother of Balder)
Hoffa, James Riddle (Jimmy, American president of the teamsters)
Hoffman, Dustin (American actor)
Hoffman, Malvina (American sculptor)
Hofmann, Josef (Casimir, Polish pianist)
Hogg, James (Scottish shepherd & poet) We’ll o’er the water, we’ll o’er the sea,
We’ll o’er the water to Charlie;
And live or die wi’Charlie. 
Hogmanay (Scottish: New Year’s Eve)
Hokinson, Helen Elna (American cartoonist)
Hokusai, Katsushika (Japanese painter)
Holbach, Paul Heinrich Dietrich Baron d’ (French philosopher)
Holbein; Hans & jr. (German artists)
Holiday, Billie (Eleanora, Lady Day, American jazz singer & junky)
Holland, John Philip (Irish inventor of the submarine)
Holle f. (German: hell)
Holley, Marietta (Josiah Allen’s Wife, American author)
Holly, Buddy (Charles Hardin Holley, American musician)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (American poet)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell jr. (America  jurist)
Holos (Greek: whole)
Holst, Gustav Theodore (British composer)
Holt, Winifred (American scultptor)
Ce corps qui s’appetlait et qui s’appelle encore le saint empire romain n’etait en aucune maniere ni saint, ni romain, ni empire.  -Virgil
Home, John (Scottish writer)
Homme, Bob (Canadian, The Friendly Giant)
Homer (Greek poet, Simpson [see Groening])
Homer, Louise (American operatic vocalist)
Honda, Inoshiro (Japanese director)
Honorius, Flavius (West Roman emperor)
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.  -Matthew 13:57
Hood; Thomas & Tom (English writers)
Hooker, Isabel Beecher (American writer)
Hoover, John Edgar (American director of the FBI)
Hopkins; Al, Joe & John (Al Hopkins and his Buckle Busters, the Hillbillies, American country musicians)
Hopkins, Gerard Manley (British poet)
Hopper, Dennis (American actor & artist)
Dixeris egregie notum si callid a verbum
Reddiderit iunctura novum.  -Horace
Beatus ille, qui procul negotiis,
Ut prisca gens mortalium,
Paterna rura bubus exercet suis,
Solutus omni faenore.  -Horace
Hormones (proteins [insulin], steroids [cortisone] or organics [adrenline])
Horne, Lena (American singer)
Horne, Marilyn (American soprano)
Horowitz, Vladimir (Russian pianist)
“You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.”  -Dorothy Parker
Hoshea (last king of Israel)
Hospodar (Slavonic: lord or master)
Houdini, Harry (Eric Weiss, the Handcuff King, American magician)
Houri (72 beautiful women for the faithful in Islamic paradise)
House, Eddie James (Son, American blues musician)
Houston, Sam (American statesman)
Howard; Rance, Ron & Clint (American actors)
Howard, Kathleen (Canadian opera singer)
Howard, Leslie (Stainer, British actor)
Howard, Trevor Wallace (British actor)
Howe, Elias jr. (American inventor of the sewing machine)
Howe, Julia Ward (American writer)
Howel Dda (the God, king of Whales)
Howell, Joshua Barnes (Peg Leg, American blues musician)
Howitt; William & Mary Botham (American writers)
Hsi (Chinese: to follow; to learn, practice; to stop; what, how?)
Hsuan (Chinese: profound or mysterious)  “This word has as wide a range of meanings as any other Chinese word.  It means dark, abstruse, deep, profound, secret, etc.  In Taoist religion the aspect of mystery should be stressed, but in Taoist philosophy, the profound or metaphysical aspect is paramount.  Thus hsuan-hsueh should be “metaphysical school,” while hsuan-te should be “profound and secret virtue.”  The word simply has to be understood in context.  Hsuan-ming, for example, is not just “profoundly dark,” but means noumenon.”  -Wing-tsit Chan
Hsuan-Tsang (Chinese Buddhist writer)
Hsuan T’ung (emperor of China)
Saint Hubert (patron of hunters)
Hubris (Greek: anger, vindictive or arrogant pride)
Hudson, Henry (British explorer)
Hue: “The characteristic of a colour that is determined by its wavelength.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
Huggins, Sir William (English astronomer)
Hugh Capet (king of France)
Hughes, Howard Robard (American film producer & aviator)
Hughes, James Mercer Langston (American writer)
Hughes, Sir Samuel (Canadian major-general)
Hugo, Victor Marie (French author)
Hui (Chinese: kindness, understanding)
Huitzilopochtli (Mexican war god)
Hulda (Teutonic goddess of marriage & the spindle)
Hulk (Lou Ferrigno)
Humans: aquatic apes; renewable resource, inhales oxygen & exhales carbon dioxide.
Human mic (activist tool, participators repeat the words after “Mic check” is called)
Humayun, Nasr Ed-Din Muhammed (emperor of Delhi)
Humbert, Ranieri Carlo Giovanni Maria Ferdinando Eugenio (king of Italy)
Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Karl Heinrich Alexander von (German explorer, geographer, ecologist & writer)
Hume, David (Scottish philosopher)
Hummel, Johann Nepomuk (Hungarian composer & pianist)
Hund (German: dog)
100 Years War (England/France, 1337-1453)
Hunter; John & William (Scottish anatomists)
Hupokritike (Greek: art of being an actor)
Hurst, Fannie (American actress)
Hurston, Zora Neale (American author)
Hurt, John (Mississippi, American blues musician)
Hurt, Sir John Vincent (English actor)
Hussein Ibn Ali (1st king of the Hedjaz)
Hussein, Saddam (deposed dictator of Iraq, ex-CIA operative)
Huston, John (American director)
Huston, Walter (Canadian actor, father of John)
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.  -Francis Hutcheson
Hutton, James (Scottish geologist)
Huxley, Aldous Leonard (British writer, Brave New World)
Huxley, Thomas Henry (British zoologist & biologist, brother of Aldous) I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Huygens, Christian (Dutch mathematician, astronomer & physicist)
Hydor (Greek: water)
Hydra (9 headed monster slain by Heracles)
Hydrocarbons: renewable fuel oil, natural gas or gasoline (paraffin [candle wax], methane); burning creates carbon dioxide.
Hydrogen: 1st and simplest element.
Hygieia (Greek goddess of health)
Hymen (Greek goddess of marriage, son of Apollo & Urania)
Hyoscine (C17H21NO4, scopolamine; crystalline alkaloid)
Hypatia (Greek philosopher & mathematician)
Hyperion (Greek titan, son of Uranus & Gaea)
Hyoscyamine (C17H23NO3, poison crystalline alkaloid; from henbane)
“A physical phenomenon chiefly met in the elsastic and magnetic behaviour of materials.  When a body is stressed, the strain produced is a function of the stress.  On releasing the stress, ther strain lags behind; i.e. the strain for a given value of stress is greater when the stress is decreasing than when it is increasing.  On removing the stress completely, a residual strain remains.  This lagging of effect behind cause is called hysteresis.  It also occurs in induced magnetism.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science.


i tree

(i) Chinese: change, easy, by, righteousness, moral principle, river, standard, then, to increase; Greek iota: 10, hand; Roman numeral for 1; runic isa: standstill, ice, frozen; Scottish iubhar: the yew tree; chemistry: iodine; electricity; imaginary unit; independent; island or isospin.

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.  -Walt Whitman
Iapetus (Greek titan, son of Uranus & Gaea, father of Prometheus & Atlas)
Ibidem (Latin: in the same place)
Iblis (fallen angel in Koran)
Ibn’ Abd Rabbihi (Arabic poet)
Ibn Gabirol, Solomon ben Yehuda (Avicebron, Jewish philospher & poet)
Ibn Saud (founder & 1st king of mod. Saudi Arabia)
Ibsen, Henrik (Norwegian painter)  The majority has the might–more’s the pity–but it hasn’t right… The minority is always right.
Icarus (son of Deadalus)
ICEX (abbr. Intelligence Coordination & Exploitation)
Ichor (Greek: god’s blood)
ICU (abbr. intesive care unit)
Ida (king of Bernicia)
‘Iddah (Arabic: Allah’s prescribed waiting period for woman after divorce or death of her husband, after the expiry of which she can remarry another person.)
Idee: une image qui se peint dans mon cerveau.  -Voltaire
IDIC (abbr. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations)  see Star Trek.
“Idiot n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Idoemeneus (king of Crete)
Idun (Norse goddess of immortal youth, spring & summer, wife of Bragi)
Juris ignorantia est cum jus nostram ignoramus.
IHS (abbr. Greek: Jesus Christ, iesuous christos)
Illington, Margaret (American actress)
“I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full.  When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.”  -Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination circles the world.”  -Albert Einstein
Imbolc (the time of milking, February, Feast of Saint Brighid)
Imhotep (Egyptian architect, astrologer, physician & chief minister to Pharoah Djoser)
Immanuel, Ben Solomon (Jewish poet)
“It is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.”  -Lord Hewart
Certum est quia impossibile est.  -Tertullian
Improvement: “To render this mountainous district contributary as far as it possible to the general wealth and industry of the country, and in the manner most suitable to its situation and peculiar circumstances.  To convert the former population of these districts to industries and regular habits and to enable them to bring to market a very considerable surplus quantity of provisions of the supply of the large towns in the southern parts of the land, or for the purpose of exportation.”  -John Loch
“No one, of course, asked what the people wanted.  Improvement was a moral obligation and scarcely a matter for debate.  But suspicious of improvements that announced themselves in writs of eviction, the Highlanders of Sutherland may have desired to live as they had always lived, to do without roads, bridges, wheeled vehicles and the religions of their lairds; to wear the bonnet of cotton cap, neckcloth and coarse plaid, to operate illicit stills, to sing the Psalms in Gaelic and to believe in the Evil Eye.”  -John Prebble (see Highland Clearances)
Improvise: to repeat a mistake.
“Impunity n. Wealth.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Inaendaugwut (Ojibway: it is permitted)
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.  -Samuel Johnson
INCB (abbr. International Narcotics Control Board, a division of the UN, 13 people monitoring compliance with international drug law)
In this country, my Lords, …the individual subject… ‘has nothing to do with the laws but to obey them.’  -Bishop Samuel Horsley
Indra (Hindu deity covered with eyes riding an elephant)
Indulf (king of Scotland)
Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.  -John Ruskin
Ine (king of West Saxons)
Infrasound: inaudible, below 20 hertz.
Ingemann, Bernhard Severin (Danish poet)
Inhalents: “For the very young, turning on is frequently accomplished by inhaling a variety of solvents found in cements or glues used in making model airplanes, fingernail polish remover, lacquer and paint thinners, lighter and cleaning fluids and gasoline.  Each of these contain toluene, sometimes combined with acetone; fingernail polish remover consists of acetone and aliphatic actetates, lighter and cleaning fluids have as a major constituent naphtha and sometimes carbon tetrachloride, and gasoline contains a variety of hydrocarbons.  These are inhaled in a number of ways; gasoline is sniffed directly from the container in which it resides, whereas the other substances are either put on rags, which are then held up and sniffed, or are placed in plastic bags and the head of the bag held over the mouth and nose.”  -Donald B. Louria
Injuria non excusat injuriam (Latin: one injury does not excuse another)
Inness; George & jr. (American painters)
Sir, the insolence of wealth will creep out.  -Samuel Johnson
Inuk (Inuit: a human being)
Inuksuk (Inuit: to act in the capacity of a human being)
97% of animal life on earth are invertebrates.
“To investigate is to rectify.”  -Wang Yang-ming
Io (princess of Argos, priestess to Hera, turned to a cow by Zeus)  see Tauroparthenos.
Ion (king of Athens, son of Apollo & Creusa; charged particle)
Ionian (leaders of Greece before conquored by the Lydians, music: mode of C on a piano)
Ionic (Greek; style of architecture; a foot, verse or meter)
Ionesco, Eugene (Romanian absurdist playwright)
Iormungandr (serpant-child of Loki & Angurboda)
IRA (abbr. Irish Republican Army)  ‘The Anglo-Irish war of 1919-21 brought fresh communal violence, as did the Treaty settlement when unionists faced the problem of stabilizing their new state.  Previous manifestations of nationalist rebellion, such as the bids for Irish Home Rule in 1880s, had been met with often terrible violence, and now that Northern Ireland’s political leaders were presented with the problem of constructing a political order that was opposed by up to a third of its citizens, they and their supporters in organizations such as the Orange Order turned to old, reliable methods.  The early 1920s saw scores of killed in riots, gun battles, and burnings; in the early 1930s violence erupted again.  Catholics made up a disproportionate number of the fatalities.
“Faced on the one hand with official state forces that regarded them as hostile and on the other by irregular Protestant mobs that often went on the rampage while the RUC and B Specials turned a collective blind eye, Catholics inevitably came to look on the IRA as a defensive force first and foremost.”  Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA
“…a new evil proof came to assert that America, the enemy of the peoples, and its freak Zionist entity, are but one state in the aggression and evil.  This night aggression on targets in Baghdad suburbs, came to emphasize that America plans and works hand in hand with the Zionist entity.”  -Statement from a joint meeting of the Revolution Command Council & Iraq’s Command of Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party, February 16, 2001.
“It is a symbol of Irish art.  The cracked lookingglass of a servant.”  -James Joyce
Irons, Jeremy (English actor)
Irradiaton: food “preserved” by radiation.
Isaac (Hebrew god of wells)
Ishtar (Akkadian goddess of love, fertility & war)
Islam (Arabic: submission to God) Sunni, Shiite & Ismaili Mulsims, who 1.have no god but Allah 2.pray 5 times daily 3.fast at Ramadan 4.give away 1/40 of income (zakat) 5.visit Mecca.
Islamic Jihad (Iranian terrorist cell)
Isonomia (Greek: equal rights under law)
Israel (Hebrew: strives with God; declared a state May 14, 1948 by David Ben Gurion)
Itami, Juzu (Japanese director)
Ito, Hirobumi (prince of Japan)
Iturbide, Augustine de (Mexican emperor [for less than a year])
Ivan I, III, IV, V & VI (Russian rulers)
Ives, Frenderick Eugene (American inventor)
IWW (abbr. Industrial Workers of the World [Wobblies])
Izzard (Z)



(ja) Arabic jim; runic jera: harvest, year, fruition; the latest addition to the English alphabet; joule or jack.

J (flux)
Jackson, Charlie (Papa, American blues musician)
Jackson, Helen Maria Fiske Hunt (American writer)
Jackson, James (Bo-Weavil, American blues musician)
Jackson, Jesse Louis (American civil rights leader and Baptist minister)
Jackson; Joe, Jermaine, Titto, Michael, Janet, &c. (American musicians)
Jacob (Aramaic: seizes by the heel)
Jacobi; Abraham & Mary Putnam (German/English physicians [respectively])
Jacobins (French revolutionaries; Mirabeai, Marat, Robespierre)
Jacobites (British supporters of Stewart kings)
Jacobs, Jane (Canadian writer)
Jacobsen, Arne (Danish designer) Economy plus function equals style.
Jacobus (German: James)
Jainism (Indian atheistic religion based on doing no harm)  see Mahavira.
James I, II, III, IV, V & VI (kings of Scotland)
James I, King (England, Seumas VI of Scotland, commissioned first English Bible)
James II (king of Great Britain & Ireland)
James (prince of Wales)
James (the Conqueror, king of Aragon)
Saint James (3 men mentioned in the New Testament)
James; Henry, jr. & William (American theologian, writer & psychologist [respectively])
Cats and monkeys, monkeys and cats–all human life is there.  -Henry James
“The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS.  That–with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success–is our national disease.”  -William James
James, Jesse Woodson (American outlaw)
James, Nehemiah (Skip, American blues musician)
Jameson, Anna Brownell (British writer)
January (the doorway, from Latin janua: door, Roman gate-god Janus)
Jarmusch, Jim (American director)
Jarry, Alfred (French writer)
Jarrar, Khalida (خالدة جرار‎, Palestinian activist and elected deputy of the PFLP)
Jaures, Jean (French socialist writer, professor & leader)
Javan Rhino (Indonesian, 1 of the WMES)
Jawan (Arabic: passionate love)
Jay, John (American statesman)
Jazz hands (“twinkling” fingers)
For jealousy is the rage of man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengence.
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.  -Proverbs 6:34
Jean, Clopinel de Meun (French poet)
Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc, maid of Orleans, canonized French martyr)
Jeans (blue): “One of the most successful impositions of voluntary visual conformism in the history of the world. Curiously enough, the primary attribute of this particular piece of clothing is meant to be a reaction of conformity in the name of individualism.”  -John Ralston Saul
Jefferson, Thomas (3rd president of the U.S., wrote the Declaration of Independence, bought Louisiana from France)
Jefferson, Lemon (Blind, American blues musician)
Jeffrey, Francis Lord (Scottish judge & critic)
Jeffries, Walter Matthew (American designer of the Enterprise [Star Trek], hence Jeffries Tube)
Jemison, Mae C. (American physicist & 1st African American woman in space)
Jen (Chinese: kernel, humanity, ability; person; to weaken)  “Jen is man’s mind.”  -Mencius  ““the character of the mind” and “the principle of love.”  This has become a Neo-Confucian idiom.  It means that, as substance jen is the character of man’s mind, and, as function, it is the principle of love.”  -Wing-tsit Chan
“”The mind of Heaven and Earth is to produce things.”  In the production of man and things, they receive the mind of Heaven and Earth as their mind.  Therefore, with reference to the character of the mind, although it embraces and penetrates all and leaves nothing to be desired, nevertheless, one word will cover all of it, namely, jen.”  -Chu Hsi
“As manifested in function, Confucius referred to it as humanity, origination, and nature.  Mo Tzu referred to it as universal love.  The Buddha referred to it as ocean of ultimate nature and compassion, Jesus referred to it as the soul and as loving others as oneself and regarding one’s enemies as friends, and scientists refer to it as the power of love and power of attraction.  They all refer to this thing.  The realms of elements of existence, empty space, and sentient beings all issue from it.”  T’an Ssu-t’ung
Jenner, Edward (English physician)
Jeroboam (king of Israel)
Saint Jerome, Hieronymous (1st translator of Bible into mod. Latin)
“I like work: it fasinates me.  I can sit and look at it for hours.  I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.”  -Jerome K. Jerome
Jesuits (founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540; poverty, chastity, obedience & to go wherever the Pope sends them)
“…for now Jesus Christ walks the waters of another planet, bleeding only history from his old wounds.”  -Elizabeth Smart
Jetsom: sunken goods in water.
Jewish year (creation being 3761 BC [2011=5772])
Jewison, Norman (Canadian director)
Jihad (Arabic: Holy fighting in the Cause of Allah or any other kind of effort to make Allah’s Word [ie: Islam] superior.  Jihad is regarded as one of the fundamentals of Islam)
190. And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits.  Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors.
No religion teaches us to fight among ourselves.  Hum sub ek promatma ki aulad hain.  We are all children of one god.  Hum sub bhai bhai hain.  We have the same blood.  Hum sub ek hain.  We are all one.
Jinn (Arabic: A creation, created by Allah from fire, like human beings from dust, and angels from light)
Jinnah, Mohammed Ali (founder & 1st governer-general of Pakistan)
Jiu Jitsu (Asian martial art, adopted by Brazil)
Jizo (Japanese god of dead children)
Joachim, Joseph (Hungarian violinist & composer)
Joanna (queen of Castile)
Joanna I & II (queens of Naples)
He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary,
Upon the earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.  -Job 41:32
“I do not even consider here the immeasurable loss incurred when a person is converted to a tool of production, so that, as Adam Smith phrased it, he “has no occasion to exert his understanding, or to exercise his invention” and “he naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become,” his mind falling “into that drowsy stupidity, which, in a civilized society, seems to benumb the understanding of almost all the inferior ranks of people.”  What is the loss in “efficiency” and social product resulting from this enforced stupidity?  What does it mean to say to say that a person driven to such “drowsy stupidity” by his conditions of work still remains “free”?”  -Noam Chomsky, 1976
John (king of England)
John (king of Bohemia)
John V & VI (joint-Byzantine emperors)
John II (the Good, king of France)
John II (king of Aragon)
John III (king of Poland)
John (king of Saxony)
John, Albert (king of Poland)
John, Zapolya (king of Hungary)
John O’Groat’s House (“traditional site of John Groat’s octagonal house, Caithness, Scotland; synonymous with most northerly point in Scotland.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)
Johns, Jasper (American artist)
Johnson, Amy (British aviator)
Johnson, Earl (and his Dixie Entertainers, American country fiddle player)
Johnson, Sir Guy & Sir William (Irish superintendents of Indian Affairs)
“The first casualty when war comes is truth.”  -Hiram Johnson
Johnson, James P. (Father of the Stride Piano, American jazz musician)
Johnson, James Weldon (American writer, U.S. consul in Venezuela, Nicaragua & Secretary of the NAACP)
Johnson, Marth P. (American drag queen & activist)
“Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.”  -Philander Chase Johnson
Johnson, Robert (American blues musician)
Johnson, Samuel (British lexicographer)  Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?  The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.
Johnson, Tommy (American blues musician)
Johnson, Willie (Blind, American blues musician)
Jokai, Maurice (Hungarian writer)
Joliet, Louis (Canadian explorer)
Joliet-Curie; Jean Frederic & Irene (French physicists, Irene is the daughter of Pierre & Marie Curie)
Jolson, Al (Asa Yoelson, Russian singer & actor)
Joly de Lotbiniere, Sir Henri Gustave (lieutenant-governor of BC)
Jonah (Hebrew lexicographer & rabbi)
Jones, Danko (Canadian rock musician)
Jones, Inigo (English architect)
Jones, Jenkin Lloyd (Welsh soldier, pastor & peace advocate)
Jones, John Paul (Scottish seaman or British musician, Led Zeppelin)
Jones, Mary Harris (Mother Jones, Irish labour leader, Children’s Crusade, IWW)
“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive?  Love is everything its cracked up to be.  That’s why people are so cynical about it… it really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.  And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.  -Erica Jong
Jonson, Ben (English dramatist & poet)
Jordanes, Jornandes (Gothic writer)
Jory, Victor (Canadian actor)
Joseph (king of Naples)
Joseph I & II (Holy Roman emperors)
Josephine, Marie Rose (wife of Napolean)
Josephus, Titus Flavius (Roman-Jewish historian)
Josetsu (Japanese artist)
“It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle it without debate.”  -Joseph Joubert
Joule, James Prescott (English pharmacist)
Jovianus, Flavius (Roman emperor)
Joyal, Serge (Canadian senator)
Joyce, James Augustine (Irish writer)  “a living argument in favour of my contention that it was a mistake to establish a seperate umiversity for the aborigines of this island–for the corner-boys who spit into the Liffy.”  -John Pentland Mahaffy
Juan Carlos (king of Spain)
Judge not, that ye be not judged.  -Matthew 7:1
Juko Kai (mod. American martial art involving resiliance to pain & pressure)
Julian (Flavius Claudius Julianus, Roman emperor)
Juliana (Juliana Louis Emma Maria Wilhelmina, queen of Netherlands)
July (Julius Caesar)
Jumon (Japanese: mantra, Kuji-in vow made with hand gestures)
June (Latin junius, gens: family)
Jung, Carl Gustav (Swiss psychiatrist)  At present we educate people only to the point where they can earn a living and marry; then education ceases all together, as though a complete mental outfit had been acquired…. Vast number of men and women thus spend their entire lives in complete ignorance of the important things.
Jupiter (astronomy: largest planet of this solar system with 12 moons, between mars & saturn; 300 times bigger than earth; or Roman god Jove [Zeus])
Jure (Latin: right, or just)
Jurisprudentia (Latin: knowledge of the law)
“Justice n. A commodity which in a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes, and personal service.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Justin I & II (Roman emperors)
Justinian (Flavius Anicius Justinianus, Byzantine emperor)  Justitia est constans et perpetua voluntas jus suum cuique tribuens.
Jevenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Roman satirist)



(ka) Greek kappa (κ); Hebrew kaph: 11, bent/palm of the hand; Arabic kaf; runic kano: opening, torch, skiff, Nerthus; chemistry: potassium (kalium); kelvin; kaons; Boltxmann constant; karat; king; knight; Kochel number or kopeck.

k (rate constants)

Ka (Egyptian: spirit)

Ka’bah (Islam: square shrine at the Great Mosque in Mecca holding the Black Stone Gabriel gave Abraham)

Kabuki (Japanese: art of singing & dancing)

Kakapo (New Zealand, 1 of the WMES)

Kafir (Arabic: infidel)

Kafka, Franz (Czech writer)

Kailyard (Scottish: garden)

Kalakaua, David (king of Hawaii)

Kaleidoscope (invented by Sir David Brewster)

Kali (Indian goddess of death & destructions, wife of Shiva, necklace of human heads or a Philippian martial art involving sticks hardened by heat)

Kalidahs: monstrous beasts with bodies like bears and heads like tigers.

Kalidasa (Sanskrit writer)

Kama: (Hindu god of love)

Kampf (German: struggle) “No one can doubt that this world will some day be exposed to the severest struggles for the existence of mankind.  In the end, only the urge for self-preservation can conquor.  Beneath it so-called humanity, the expression of a mixture of stupidity, cowardice, and know-it-all conceit, will melt like snow in the March sun.  Mankind has grown great in eternal struggle, and only in eternal peace does it perish.”  -Adolf Hitler

Kanaoka, Kose No (Japanese artist)

Kandinsky, Wassily (Russian painter)

Kane, Paul (Canadian painter)

Kant, Immanuel (German philosopher)

Karageorge, Tserni Petrovich (Serbian revolutionary)

Karamchand, Mohandas (Gandhi, Indian lawyer & activist)

Karaoke (Japanese: empty orchestra)

Karate (Japanese: way of the open hand)

Kari (Norse god of air)

Karloff, Boris (William Pratt, British actor, Frankenstein)

Kardinal Offishall (Jason Drew Harrow, Toronto musician)

Karman, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Khalid (توكل عبد السلام خالد كرمان‎, Yemeni activist)


Katholou (Greek: universal)

Kato (Bruce Lee)

Katz (German: cat)

Kauffmann, Maria Anna Angelica (Swiss painter)

Kavadh I & II (kings of Persia)

Kaye, Danny (American actor)

Kazan, Elia (Kazanjoglous, Turkish director)

Kean; Charles John & Stephen Watts (American major generals)

Keaton, Buster (Joseph Francis, American silent film actor)

Keats, John (English poet)

Keele: “the horrible smell caused by washing ashtrays.”  -The Book of Liff

Keeler, Ruby (Canadian actress, married to Al Jolson)

Keeshan, Bob (Clarabelle the Clown [Howdy Dowdy Show], Captain Kangaroo, American actor)

Keller, Helen Adams (American author & activist)

Kelley, DeForest (American actor, McCoy) see Star Trek.

Kelley, Gene (American song & dance man)

Kelling: “A person searching for something, who has reached the futile stage of re-looking in all the places they have looked once already, is said to be kelling.”  -The Book of Liff

Kelly, Grace Patricia (American actress)

Kelvin, William Thompson 1st Baron (Irish physicist)

Kemble; Roger, John Philip, Charles, Frances Ann & Adelaide (English actors)

Kendo (Japanese: the art of fencing)

Kennedy, John Pendleton (American statesman)

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

Kenner, Hugh (Canadian writer & professor of English)

Kenneth I, II & III (kings of Scotland [Mac Alpin])

Kenny, Elizabeth (Australian pioneer of polio treatment)

Kenobi, Obi-wan (Alec Guiness, Ewen McGregor) see Star Wars

Kepler, Johannes (German astronomer)

Kerensky, Alexander Feodorovich (Russian revolutionary)

Kern, Jerome David (American songwriter)

Kerouac, Jack (American writer)

Sero sed serio.  -Kerr clan motto

Kerr, John (British physicist)

Kesik (Cree: space or sky)

Key, Ellen (Karolina Sofia, Swedish writer)

Keyes, Frances Parkinson (American author)

Keyserling, Count Hermann Von (German philosopher)

KGB (abbr. Komityet Gosudarstvyennoi Byezopasnosti [commission of state security])

Khalid, Ibn Abdul Aziz (4th king of Saudi Arabia)

Khan; Jenghiz & Kublai (Mongol emperors)

Khomeini, Ayatollah Ruholla (Iranian ruler)

Khronos (Greek: time)

Khronios (Greek: long lasting)

“Kick is seeing things from a special angle.  Kick is momentary freedom from the claims of the aging, cautious, nagging, frightened flesh.”  -William S. Burroughs

“Smoking through the monkey’s eyes.”  -Matt Kidd

Kidd, Captain William (Scottish pirate)

Kids in the Hall (Canadian comedians: David Folley, Scott Thompson, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney & Kevin MacDonald)

Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye (Danish philosopher)

Thou shalt not kill.

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  -Dion Boucicault

Kilmister, Ian (Lemmy, British rock musician; Hawkwind, Motorhead)

Kimmel, Jimmy (American comedian)

Kindergarten (founded by Frederick Froebel in 1837)

King, Basil (William Benjamin, Canadian writer)

King, Rodney Glen (American survivor of police brutality, acquittal sparked the LA Riots)

King, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther jr. (American civil-rights leader) I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie (3rd Liberal Canadian prime minister)

Kingsley; Charles & Mary Henrietta (English writers)

Kinsey, Alfred Charles (American zoologist)

Kipling, Joseph Rudyard (British writer)

Kipper (smoke-dried herring)

Kirk, John Foster (Canadian historian)

Kisfaludy, Karoly (Hungarian author)

Rather an honest slap than a false kiss.  -Yiddish Proverb

Klein, Naomi (Canadian author & activist, The Shock Doctrine, No Logo)

K’naan (Keinan Abdi Warsame, Somali/Canadian musician)

Know thyself.  -inscribed on Apollo’s temple at Delphi

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.  -Francis Bacon

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.  -Ecclesiastes 1:18

“Knowledge is the begining of action and action is the completion of knowledge.  Learning to be a sage involves only one effort.  Knowledge and action should not be separated.”  -Wang Yang-ming

It may be, our proverb, that knowledge is no burthen, may be true as to one’s self, but knowing too much is very apt to make us troublesome to other people.  -Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Knowles; James K., James Sheridan & Richard Brinsly (American writers)

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.  -Luke 8:17

Knox, Alexander (Canadian actor)

Knox, John (Scottish reformer, The Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women)

Ko (Chinese: investigate, rectify; change; to arrive; submit; kill)

K-os (Kevin Brereton, Canadian musician)

Koch, Robert (German physician)

Koenig, Walter (American actor, Chekov) see Star Trek.

Koestler, Arthur (Hungarian writer)

Kollwitz, Kathe (German artist)

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodensis, largest living lizard)

Komoidia (Greek: comedy)

Konig, Karl Rudolph (German physicist)

Koon-ut-kal-if-fee (Vulcan marriage rite)  see Star Trek.

Koran (Islam: Mohammad’s revelations from Gabriel)

Kore (Greek: daughter; girl; pupil)

314 Canadian soldiers were killed in the Korean war.

Kosmos (Greek: ornament)

Kotzebue, August Friedrich Ferdinand Von (German dramatist)

Kovaks, Ernie (American comedian)

Koyetsu, Honnami (Japanese artist)

Kraken (Norse: giant squid, largest known invertibrate & cephalopod mullusk)

Krav Maga (Israeli martial art)

Kreisler, Fritz (Austrian violinist)

Krenek, Ernst (Czech composer)

Kricfalusi, John (Canadian producer, Ren & Stimpy)

Krishna (Hindu: the black one, 8th incarnation of Vishnu)

Kronos (Greek titan, father of Zeus, son of Uranus & Gaia)

KRS-One (Lawrence Parker, American rapper)

Krudener, Barbara Juliana Baroness Von (Russian mystic)

Krupa, Gene (American jazz drummer)

Krypton (inert gas, or where Superman is from)

Ku (Chinese: fact; reason; firm)

Kuamoo (Hawaiian: backbone, path or custom)

Kubelik, Jan (Bohemian violinist)

Kublai Khan (1st Mongol emperor of China, grandson of Jengis)

Kubrick, Stanley (American director)

You would hear how Lady Charlotte had tarried in this place ten days, but I got very little good of her.  She was so cherche and recherche.  She dined with me one day, however, and had John Wilson to show off with, and there arose a question whether a woman of a right way of thinking would not rather be stabbed as kicked by her husband (observe this burn hole, Miss, it is a sure sign either you or I are going to be married; but keep that to yourself, and excuse this parenthesis, which, indeed, is rather too long, but I hope you have not such an antipathy to them as Dean Swift had; he, honest man! could not abide the sight of them, which was certainly a prejudice on his part; for mine, I think, there are worse things in the world than parentheses).  But to return to where I was (which, indeed, is not such an easy matter, as I must turn the page to see where I left off; it was at the burnt hole, and here I am just coming upon another, which looks as if we were both going to wed; I wonder who it will be to!)  I am for a stabber, but I dare say you will be putting up with a kicker.  It was talking of Lord Byron brought on the question.  I maintain there is but one crime a woman could never forgive in her husband, and that is kucking.  Did you ever read anuthing so exquisite as the new canto of “Childe Harold”?  It is enough to make a woman want to fly into the arms of a tiger; nothing but a kick  could ever have hardened her heart against such genius.  -Susan Ferrier

Kuei-shen (Chinese: spiritual beings)  “Ch’en Ch’un said that kuei-shen should be discussed under four categories: that in the Confucian Classics, that in ancient religious sacrifices, that in latter-day religious sacrifices, and that referring to demons and gods.  By the Confucian Classics he meant the Classics as interpreted by the Ne0-Confucianists, namely, kuei-shen as positive and negative forces behind events.  Thus expansion is shen while contraction is kuei.  This naturalistic and philosophical meaning should always be kept entirely distinct from the other meaning in the first three categories, namely, kuei-shen as spiritual beings.  In ancient times shen usually refers to heavenly beings while kuei refers to spirits of deceased human beings.  In latter-day sacrifices, kuei-shen together refers to ancestors.  In popular religion shen means gods (who are good) and demons (who are not always good).  In Neo-Confucianism kuei-shen may refer to all these three categories but more often than not the term refers to the activity of the material force (ch’i).  Chang Tsai’s dictum, “The negative spirit (kuei) and positive spirit (shen) are the spontateous activity of the two material forces (yin and yang),” has become the generally accepted definition.”  -Wing-tsit Chan

Kuji-in (Japanese: 9 syllable seals (mudra), Ninjitsu energy channelling) see Jumon.

Kuleshov Effect (Lev Kuleshov, associative film editing)

K’un (Chinese: earth)

Kurios (Greek: standard)

Kurosawa, Akira (Japanese director)

Kwang-Hsu (emperor of China)

Kyd, Thomas (English writer)




(el) Greek lambda (Λ, λ); Hebrew lamed: 30, ox goad; Arabic lam; runic laguz: flow, water, sea, fertility; Scottish luis: the quicken-tree; Roman numeral for 50; latent heat; inductance; lake; large; left; length; line, linking number or liter.

La (abbr. lanthanum, Louisiana or feminine definite article)
Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de (French writer & general)
Lactose (C12H22O11, mammalian milk sugar)
Ladies First: “philosophical outlook whose basic tenants derive from the belief it’s always better to make the woman you’re with reach orgasm before you do.”  -Ebionics
Ladislaus I & II (kings of Hungary)
La Fayette, Marie Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne Countess de (French novelist)
La Fontaine, Jean de (French poet)
Lafontaine, Sir Louis Hippolyte (Canadian statesman)
Lagan: sunken goods attached to a buoy.
Lagerlof, Selma (Swedish writer)
Lagrange, Joseph Louis Comte (French mathematician, grandson of Descartes)
Lahr, Bert (American actor)
Laidlaw, Walter (Canadian clergyman)
Laing, David (Scottish historian)
Lake, Simon (American naval architect & inventor, Argonaut)
Lamar, Mirabeau Bonoparte (president of Texas)
Lamartine, Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de (French poet)
Lamb; Charles & Mary Anne (English writers)
Lampman, Archibald (Canadian poet)
Lancaster, Burt (American actor)
Lancaster, Sir James (English navigator, Lancaster Sound)
The Land League (founded by Michael Davitt in 1879 to boycott tenants that had taken land from evicted occupants)
The Law of the Land (lex loci) is not domain.
The jaws of sheep have made the land rich,
but we were told by the prophecy
that sheep would scatter the warriors
and turn their homes into a wilderness.
The land of our love lies under bracken and heather,
every plain and every field is untilled,
and soon there will be none in Mull of the Trees
but Lowlanders and their white sheep.  -Angus MacMhuirich
Land’s End (Headland, Cornwall; most Westerly point in England) see John O’Groats.
Landsteiner, Karl (Austrian physician)
Lang, Andrew (Scottish scholar & poet)
Lang, Fritz (German director)
Lange, Dorothea (American photographer)
Langland, William (English cleric & poet)
Langstry, Lillie (Emilie Charlotte le Breton, Jersey Lily; British actress)
“We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language…Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.”  -Benjamin Whorf
Laomedon (king of Troy, father of Priam)
Laplace, Pierre Simon Marquis de (French mathematician & astronomer)
Lapsus limguae (Latin: slip of the tongue)
Larcom, Lucy (American poet)
La Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de (French writer)
Larouse, Pierre Athanase (French lexicographer, Grand Dictionnaire Universel du XIXe Siecle)
Lars Porsena (Etruscan king)
LASER (abbr. light amplification by stimulated emission radiation, optical maser)
Lasn, Kalle (Estonian co-founder of Adbusters, instigator of OWSAmerica needs its own Tahrir.
Lassalle, Ferdinand (German poet)
Lassus, Orlandus (Orlando de Lasso, Belgian composer)
Lassy (Scottish: girl)
Rather die early,
Than die too late!
Lauder, Sir Harry (Hugh Maclennan, Scottish singer & comedian)
Laughton, Charles (British actor)
Laurel, Stan (Arther Stanley Jefferson, British comedian, Laurel & Hardy)
Laurence, Margaret (Canadian writer)
Laurier, Sir Wilfred (2nd Liberal Canadian prime minister)
Lauryl alcohol (white chrystaline solid, C12H26O)
Laut, Agnes C. (Canadian writer)
La Verendrye, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes Sieur de (Canadian explorer)
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (father of modern chemistry, French chemist)
La Voisin, Chatherine Monvoisin (French witch)
Lawrence, David Herbert (British writer)
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando (American physicist)
Lawrence, Captain James (American naval officer) Don’t give up the ship!
Lawrence, Sir Thomas (English painter)
Lawrence, Thomas Edward (T. E. Lawrence, T. E. Shaw, Lawrence of Arabia; British soldier & writer)
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.  -Luke 11:52
Laxness, Halldor Kiljan (Icelandic poet)
Layamon (English poet)
Layton, John Gilbert (Jack, leader of the NDP)
Lazarus, Emma (American poet)
Ib (abbr. Latin libra [pound])
L-DOPA: agonist, C9H11NO4 (becomes dopamine)
Le, Mai (The Queen, Big Boobs; Vietnamese-Canadian crime boss)
Leacock, Stephen (English writer)
Lead1: leash.
Lead2 (Plumbum)
Lead Poisoning: 225 000 tons of lead are released by automobiles every year.
League of Nations (founded in 1920 to promote world peace, dissolved in 1946)
Lean, David (British director)
Lear, Edward (English artist & writer)
“The great benefit of learning is to enable one to transform his physical nature himself.  Otherwise he will have the defect of studying in order to impress others, in the end will obtain no enlightenment, and cannot see the all-embracing depth of the sage.”  -Chang Tsai
Do the Least.
Leaud, Jean-Pierre (French actor)
Lebowitz, Fran (American writer)
Leconte de Lisle, Charles Marie (French poet)
Le Corbusier (Charles-Edourd Jeaneret-Gris, Swiss architect)
LED (abbr. light-emitting diode)
Leda (queen of Sparta)
Ledbetter, Huddie (Leadbelly, American musician)
Lee, Bruce (Chinese martial artist)
Lee, Robert Edward (commander of the Confederate army)
Lee, Spike (American joint roller)
Lee, Stan (American comics creator)
Le Guin, Ursula Kroeber (American author, Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness)
Lehman, Lotte (German soprano)
Leibknecht; Karl & Wilhelm (German socialists)
Leigh; Janet & Jennifer Jason (American actresses)
Leigh, Mike (British director)
Leigh, Vivien (Vivien Hartley, English actress)
All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.  -Samuel Johnson
Leloup, Jean (Canadian folk musician)
Le Nain; Antoine & Mathieu (French painters)
Lennep, Jacob Van (Dutch writer)
Lennon, John (English rock musician)
Lennoxlove: It is the garden of Scotland.  -Agnes Strickland
Lenya, Lotte (Karoline Wilhelmine Blamauer, Austrian singer & actress, married Kurt Weill)
Leo (Latin: lion)
Leo I, III, V & VI (Byzantine emperors)
Leonidas (king of Sparta)
Leopold I & II (kings of Belgium)
Leopold (Holy Roman emperor & king of Belgium)
Leopold II (Holy Roman emperor)
Lermontov, Mikhail Yurevich (Russian poet)
le Rond, Jean (D’Alembert, French mathematician, philosopher & encyclopedist)
Lesage, Alain Rene (French writer)
Lesbiazein (Greek: licking the sexual organs)
Lessing, Doris May (Iranian writer)
Lethe (river of forgetfulness in Hades)
Letterman, David (American comedian, Late Night)
Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.  -John Donne
Leven, Alexander Leslie 1st Earl of (Scottish soldier)
Lever, Charles James (Irish writer)
Levesque, Rene (premier of Quebec)
Lewis, Cecil Day (Nicholas Blake, British writer)
Lewis, Clive Staples (British writer)
Lewis, Daniel Day (British actor)
Lewis, Harry Sinclair (American writer)
Lewis, Herschell Gordon (American director)
Lewis, Jerry (American comedian)
Lewis, Jerry Lee (American rock musician)
Lewis, Richard (The Prince of Pain, American comedian)
Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.  -Samuel Johnson
Leyden, John (Scottish poet)
Leyendecker; Frank X. & Joseph Christian (German artists)
LF (abbr. low frequency, 30 – 300 kilohertz)
Li (abbr. lithium, Chinese: principles or 500 meters)
Libby, Willard Frank (American chemist)
Liber (Latin: book)
Lichtenstein, Roy (American painter)
Licinius (Roman emperor)
Lie, Jonas Lauritz Edemil (Norwegian writer)
Liebe (German: love)
Lifar, Serge (Russian dancer)
The life so short, the craft so long to learn.  -Hippocrates
Life: “one continued sacrifice of inclinations, which, to indulge, however laudable or innocent, would draw down the malice and reproach of those prudent people who never do ill, ‘but feed, and sleep, and do observances, to the stale ritual of quaint ceremony.’”  -Sarah Siddons
Lifton, Dr. Robert Jay (American writer & psychiatrist) They created an ‘Us versus Them’ dynamic, instead of identifying 9/11 as terrorism by a small group of determined zealots.
Lightfoot, Gordon (Canadian folk musician)
Light Speed: 186 281 miles per second, equal to the speed of gravity.
Light Year: 9.4605×1015  metres or 5.878 48×1012 miles.
I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  -Luke 10:18
Lilith (Hebrew: dark moon, 1st woman)
Liliuokalani (queen of Hawaii)
Lillie, Beatrice (Canadian actress & singer)
Lillie, Frank Rattray (Canadian zoologist)
Linear Relationship: “A relationship existing between two variable quantities that are directly proportional to each other.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.  Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or over-throw it.  -Abraham Lincoln
Lind, Jenny (the Swedish Nightingale, soprano)
Lindbergh; Anne Spencer Morrow & Charles Augustus (Lucky Lindy, American aviators)
Lindsay, Sir David (Scottish poet)
Lindsay, Nicholas Vachel (American poet)
Linley; Elizabeth, Thomas, Thomas II & William (English musicians)
Linnaeus, Carolus (Karl Linne, Swedish biologist)
L is for Lion.
Li Po (Chinese poet)
Lipos (Greek: fat)
Lippi; Filipino & Fra Filippo (Flourentine painters)
Lippincott, Sara Jane (Grace Greenwood, American writer)
“listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go.”  -e e cummings
Lister, Joseph 1st Baron (British surgeon)
Liszt, Franz (Hungarian composer)
Litchfield, Grace Denio (American writer)
Lithium (Li, alkali metal)
Little Murders (Alan Arkin)
Little People (Irish: leprechauns, fairies, pixies, dwarfs, &c.)
Littre, Maximilien Paul Emile (French philosopher & philologist)
Livermore, Mary Ashton (American reformer)
Livingston, Dr. David (Scottish explorer)
Lobachevski, Nikolai Ivanovich (Russian mathematician)
Loch (Scottish: lake)
The Loch Policy (from James Loch, cultural genocide of Scotland)
Locke, John (English philosopher)
Lockhart, Gene (Canadian actor, father of June)
Lodge; Henry Cabot & jr. (American senators)
Loewe, Frederick (Austrian composer)
Toute loi qui viole les droits imprescriptibles de l’homme, est essentiellement injuste et tyrannique; elle n’est point une loi.  -Maximilien Robespierre
Loki (Norse god of fire, brother of Aegir & Kari)
Lombardo, Guy Albert (Canadian band leader, the Royal Canadians)
London (England, Ontario; or The Littlest Hobo)
London, Jack (John Griffith London, American writer)
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (American poet)
Loos, Anita (American screenwriter)
Lopez, Israel (Cachao, Cuban bass player, created the mambo)
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.  -Julia Ward Howe
Lorre, Peter (Czech actor)
The Lost Generation (the men who died in WWI)
Lothair (king of Lorraine)
Lothair I, II & III (Holy Roman emperors)
Loti, Pierre (Luis Marie Julien Viaud, French writer)
Louis I & II (kings of Bavaria)
Louis (Holy Roman emperor)
Louis I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII & XVIII (kings of France)
Louis I & II (kings of Hungary)
Louis I, II & III (dukes of Anjou, titular kings of Naples)
Louis (king of East Franks)
Louis Philippe (the Citizen King, king of France)
Louis, Joe (Joseph Louis Barrow, the Brown Bomber; American boxer, held the world heavyweight title for 12 years with 25 fights)
Louvin; Ira & Charlie (American bluegrass musicians)
Lovecraft, H. P. (American writer)
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.  -Psalm 88:18
But no one can love who has not a heart.  -L. Frank Baum
Low, Sir David Alexander Cecil (New Zealand cartoonist)
Low, Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon (American founder of the Girl Scouts)
Lowell; Abbott Lawrence & Amy (American writers)
Lowell, James Russell (American writer)
Lowell, Robert Traill Spence (American poet)
LSD (abbr. lysergic acid diethylamide; or librae, solidi, denarii, Latin: pounds, shillings, pence)
Luan (Scottish: moon, paunch; Irish: woman’s breast; La luan: Doomsday).
Lucerna f. (Italian: lamp or light)
Lucifer (Latin: light bearer)
Lucretius, Titus Carus (Roman poet)
Lucubrare (Latin: to work at night by lamplight, hence lucubrate)
Ludington, Sybil (American patriot)
Ludwig I & II (kings of Bavaria)
Luein (Greek: solve)
Lugosi, Bela (Hungarian actor, Dracula)
Luini, Bernardino (Milanese painter) “But Luini’s figures have their interest, creatures of dream-guilt and trance, with ripe chestnut hair and heavy lids and moist passive lips, contagious with Lombard fever of pleasure which was Milan’s way of expressing despair.”  -Rachel Annaud Taylor
Lulach (king of Scotland)
Lully, Jean Baptiste (Giovanni Battista Lulli, Italian composer)
Lumet, Sidney (American director)
Lumiere; August & Louis Jean (French photographers)
Lunt, Alfred (American actor)
Lupe (Greek: pain)
Luria, Isaac Ben Solomon (Isaac Ashkenazi, HaAri, Jerusalem born to German parents, mystical poet, scholar, teacher & hermit)
Lusis (Greek: solution)
Luther, Martin (1st German translator of the Bible & leader of the Protestant Reformation)
Luxembourg, Rosa (Polish socialist leader of Spartacus Party)
Luxton, Bill (Canadian actor, Willy & Floyd’s Arms)
Luxuria (Latin: lust)
Lycaon (king of Arcadia)
Lyceum (Aristotle’s school)
Lycurgus (Spartan lawmaker, he who carries out the works [or celebrates the orgies] of the wolf)
Lye, Les (Canadian actor, You Can’t Do That on Television, Willy & Floyd’s Arms)
Lyell, Sir Charles (British geologist)
Lynch, David Keith (American director, Eraserhead)
Lynch, William (American captain & vigilante)
Lynde, Paul (middle square)
Lynx (a wildcat or constellation near Ursa Major)
Lyon, Mary Mason (American educator)
Lytton; Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton 1st Baron & Edward Robert Bulwer 1st Earl (English writers)





(em) Phoenician mem: water, 13th letter; Greek mu (μ); Hebrew mem: 40; Arabic mim; runic mannaz: the self, man, woman, people; Scottish muin: the vine; Roman numeral for 1000; magnetization; mass; milli-; metre; mega; male; masculine; master; Monsieur; mile; million; minute; married; physics: Mach number or mutual inductance; majesty; medieval; medium; member; meridian; chemistry: metal; logic: middle term of a syllogism; minim; modulus; molar or Latin: meridies: noon.

μμ (abbr. micromicro-; micromicron)
μΩ (abbr. microhm)
μC (abbr. microcoulomb)
μCi (abbr. microcurie)
μg (abbr. microgramme)
μl, μL (abbr. microliter)
μM (abbr. micromolar)
μm (abbr. micrometer)
μmol (abbr. micromole)
μV (abbr. microvolt)
mμ (abbr. millimicron)
Ma (Bengali: mother)
Maathai, Wangari (Kenyan environmentalist, Nobel Peace Prize winner)
Macabeus, Judas (Maccabee, Y’hudhah HamMakabi [Judah the Hammer]; Judean leader whose rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem in 164 is commemorated by the Feast of Hanukkah)
Macallum, Archibald Byron (Canadian biochemist)
Mac Alpin (Scottish royal dynasty formed by Kenneth I)
Macbeth (king of Scotland) see Shakespeare.
MacCullough, John Edward (Irish actor)
MacDiarmid, Hugh (Christopher Murray Grieve, Scottish poet)
MacDonald, Angus Bernard (leader of the Co-operative Union of Canada)
MacDonald, Flora (Scottish Jacobite)
Macdonald, George (Scottish writer)
MacDonald; James Edward Hervey & Thoraeu (Canadian painters)
Macdonald, James Williamson Galloway (Scottish painter)
MacDonald, Sir John Alexander (Scottish self-styled “lawyer,” founded Canada as prime minister with the railroad and high tariffs, notorious drunk–responsible for “Chinese head tax,” residential school system, ordered the execution of Louis Riel) “We are doing all we can, by refusing food until the Indians are on the verge of starvation, to reduce the expense.”
Macdonald; Margaret & Frances (Scottish artist, the Glasgow School)
MacDonald, Mike (Canadian comedian)
MacDonald, Norm (Canadian comedian)
Macdonald, Ronald St. John (Canadian professor & judge of international law)
MacDonald, Thoreau (Canadian painter, son of J. E. H.)
Macdonald, Sir William Christopher (Canadian philanthropist, son of Donald)
MacDonald, Wilson Pugsley (Canadian poet)
MacDowell, Edward Alexander (American composer)
MacEachern, Brenley (Canadian musician)
MacEwen, Gwendolyn (Canadian writer)
MacEwen, Jean (Canadian painter)
MacGill, Patrick (Irish writer)
MacGillivray; John & William (Scottish naturalists)
Machiavelli, Niccolo (Italian statesman & writer)
MacIsaac; Ashley & Lisa (Canadian musicians)
Mackaye, Percy (American dramatist)
Mackenzie, Sir Alexander (Scottish explorer, 1st to cross North America)
Mackenzie, Alexander (2nd Canadian prime minister [1st Liberal])
MacKenzie, Gisele (La Fleche, Canadian singer)
Mackenzie, Henry (Scottish novelist)
Mackenzie, William Lyon (Scottish 1st mayor of Toronto, President of the Republic of Canada)
Arise – Canadians
Arise – Canadians, arise,
and battle for the right;
Fair liberty’s the glorious prize
awake then to the fight.
Oh, why do ye thus meanly kneel,
nor dare your country save;
Arise! – gird on th’ avenging steel,
and tyrant minions brave.
And know ye not ye weakly frail,
that ye yourself must free;
Then why send forth that coward wail,
dare ye not freemen be?
And heard ye not that shout of scorn,
your tyrant masters send?
O’er the Atlantic wave ’tis borne
for you a Felon’s death?
Their graveless bones now grin and scorn,
they ask a bloody wreath.
Rise! swear by love’s eternal name,
swear by your father’s graves:
To avenge their death in blood and flame,
and crush your Tyrants — slaves.
Awake! Canadians arise,
’tis freedom calls to fight;
He nobly lives or nobly dies,
who battles for the right.
Mackintosh, Sir James (Scottish philosopher, historian & statesman)
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (Scottish artist, the Glasgow School)
Mac lamhaich (Scottish: sea devil)
Maclaurin, Colin (Scottish mathematician)
MacLean, John (Scottish communist)
MacLean; Allan, Archie & Charlie (BC outlaws)
Macleish, Archibald (American writer)
MacLennon, John Hugh (Canadian writer)
MacLeod, John James Rickard (Scottish physiologist)
MacLeod, Pegi Nicol (Canadian painter)
Mac mallachd (Scottish: the evil one)
MacMillan, Sir Ernest Alexander Campbell (Canadian musician)
MacMillan, Kenneth (British choreographer)
MacMillan, Margaret (Canadian professor of history)
Macmonnies, Frederick William (American sculptor)
MacNeice, Frederick Louis (Irish writer)
Macphail, Agnes Campbell (1st female MP)
Macpherson, James (Scottish poet & translator)
Mac-Sheumais-Chataich (Scottish: Chief for the day)
Mac-tire (Scottish: wolf, son of the country)
Maddin, Guy (Canadian director)
Madison, James (Father of Constitution, American president)
Maeterlinck, Count Maurice (Belgian writer)
Magen Dawid (Hebrew: shield of David)
Magi (Zoroastrianism: priest)
Magna Carta (signed 1215, England)
Magritte, Rene (Belgian surrealist)
Maharajah (Sanskrit: great king)
Maharani (Sanskrit: great queen)
Maharishi (Sanskrit: great sage)
Mahatma (Sanskrit: great soul)
Mahavira (Sanskrit: great hero), Vardhamana “was a contemporary of the Buddha, often mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures under the name Nigantha Nataputta, “the naked ascetic of the clan of the Jnatrikas.”  Mahavira is believed by the Jains to have the been the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara (“Fordmaker”) of the present period of cosmic decline.  Parhsva, the twenty-third Tirthankara, is said to have lived only two hundred and fifty years before Mahavira, and it would seem that in fact the latter teacher based his new community on existing groups of asectics, some of whom looked back to the earlier preacher Parshva.”
Mahayana (Sanskrit: great vehicle)
Mahbuba (Arabic: sweetheart)
Mahdi (expected messiah of Islam, Arabic: rightly guided one)
Mahler, Gustav (American composer & conductor)
Mahfouz, Asmaa ( أسماء محفوظ‎, Egyptian activist)
Mahmud II (sultan of Turkey)
Mailer, Norman (American writer)
Maimon, Solomon (Russian philosopher)
Maimonides (Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon, Jewish theologian & doctor, The Mishna Torah, The Guide of the Perplexed)
Saint Malachy (Irish archbishop)
Malcolm I, II, III & IV (kings of Scotland)
Malherbe, Francois de (French poet)
Mallon, Mary (Typhoid Mary, American cook)
Malmgren, Finn ((Swedish meteorologist)
Malory, Sir Thomas (English writer)
Maltose (C12H22O11, malt sugar, maltobiose)
Mama (Swahili & Mandarin: mother)
The Mammon Worshippers
Lives of millionaires remind us
How to get dishonest spoil,
And departing leave behind us
Millions wrung from sons of toil.
Little care they who may suffer,
How the poor may want for bread,
So they reap their golden harvest
To relinquish when they’re dead.
Do they hear the orphan wailing?
Do they heed the widow’s groan?
No, they curse the poor and needy,
For their hearts are turned to stone.
Let the poor forever perish
As by stern relentless fate;
And the rich forever fatten
On the wealth the poor create.
Let all living hope be crushed out,
And give place to black despair;
Let the monster that we worship
Pave with human bones his lair.
Let all faith be turned to falsehood,
And all love be turned to hate,
Let all life be a brutal struggle,
Every man against his mate.
Let all these things be and welcome,
But don’t dare to entertain
The idea that the toiler
Has a right to share the gain.  –Vincent, The Labour Union, 1883.
Mamun, Abdallah (caliph of Bagdad)
Manannan mac Lir (Celtic sea god)
Manasseh (king of Judah)
Manet, Edouard (French painter)
Manfred (king of Sicily)
Mani (Syrian crucified 276 AD, starting a religion that rivaled Christianity, Manichaeism)
Manitou (Cree, Algonquin: Creator)
Mann, Thomas (German writer)
Manoel II (king of Portugal)
Manning, Bradley (American soldier & whistleblower)
Manotlete (Manuel Laureano Rodriguez y Sanchez, Spanish matador)
Manomin (Ojibway: wild rice)
Mansfield, Katherine (Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, New Zealand writer)
Mansfield, Richard (American actor)
Mantegna, Andrea (Italian painter)
Mantell, Robert (Scottish actor)
Mantle, Mickey Charles (American baseball player)
Manuel (the Great, king of Portugal)
Manuel, Comnenus (Byzantine emperor)
Mantis (Greek: soothsayer)
“Gentlemen who use MSS as drunkards use lamp-posts–not to light them on their way but to dissimulate their instability.”  -A. E. Housman
Manzoni, Alessandro (Italian writer)
Marat, Jean Paul (French journalist, doctor & politician)
March (Latin mars: war god, Anglo-Saxon Hlyd monath: stormy month & Hraed monath: rugged month) 2nd, 1945: Anne Frank dies in a Nazi concentration camp; 8th, 1971: “Smokin” Joe Frazier beats Mohammad Ali (heavyweight); 11th, 1985: Mikhail Gorbachev succeeds Constantin Chernenko as president of the USSR; 15th, 44 AC: Ceasar is assassinated; “the Lempa River massacre of March 16, when thousands of refugees attempted to cross the river for two days under constant attack by the Salvadoran air force in cooperation with the Honduran army, who killed refugees with machetes and beat them to death with rifle butts…” -Noam Chomsky
Marconi, Marchese Guglielmo (Italian physicist & electrical engineer)
Marcus, Aurelius Antonius (Roman emperor)
Marduk (sun god of Babylon)
Margaret (queen of Denmark)
Margaret (queen of Scotland)
Margaret (queen of England)
Margaret of Valois (queen of Navarre & France)
Margrethe II (queen of Denmark)
Marianas Trench (deepest known trench, 36201 ft. [11034 miles], in the Pacific Ocean or Canadian band)
Maria, Theresa (queen of Hungary & Bohemia, empress of Holy Roman empire)
Marie-Antoinette (queen of France)
Marie de Medicis (queen of France)
Markievicz, Constance Georgine Countess (Sinn Fein MP, 1st woman elected to British House of Commons)
Markova, Dame Alicia (Lilian Alicia Marks, British ballet dancer)
Marley, Robert Nesta (Bob, Jamaican musician)
Marlitt, E. (Eugene John, German writer)
Marlowe, Christopher (English dramatist)
Marquand, John Phillips (American writer)
Marques, Gabriel Garcia (Colombian writer)
Marquis, Donald Robert Perry (Don, American journalist, archy & mehitabel)
Marryat, Captain Frederick (British writer)
Marsh, Dame Ngaio Edith (New Zealand author)
Marshall, Thurgood (American legal chief of the NAACP & 1st African-American man appointed to the Supreme Court of the US)
Marti, Jose Julian (Cuban writer, revolutionary & martyr)
Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis, Spanish poet)
Martin, Mary (American actress & singer)
Martin, Paul  “The shipping company owned by Prime Minister Paul Martin’s family received more federal money than the $161 million revealed last week, including a share of the $21 million U.S. in contracts with the Hibernia offshore oil project.”  -Glen McGregor, The Ottawa Citizen, Feb 4, 2004
Martin, Roger (Canadian dean of U of T’s Rotman School of Management)
Martineau, Harriet (British writer)
Mars, Bruce (Finnegan) see Star Trek
Marx; Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo & Zeppo (Leonard, Arthur, Julius, Milton & Herbert [respectively], American comedians)
Marx, Karl (German journalist & philosopher, founder of Communism)
Mary (queen of England)
Mary II (queen of England, Scotland & Ireland)
Mary (queen of France)
Mary, Queen (Queen of Scots; House of Stewart)
Masculus (Latin: male)
Masefield, John Edward (British writer)
MASER (abbr. microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation)
Mason, James (British actor)
Massine, Leonide (Russian ballet dancer & choreographer)
Massinissa (king of Numbia)
The disciple is not above his master: but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master.  -Luke 6:40
Mata Hari (Margaretha Geertuida Zelle, Dutch spy)
Matilda (Empress Maud, queen of England)
Matisse, Henri (French painter & sculptor)
Matt, Joe (Canadian comics artist & writer, Peep Show)
Matter: “A specialized form of energy that has the attributes of mass and extension in space and time.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
The total mass of matter cannot change.
Matthew, Cantacuzenus (Byzantine emperor)
Matthias (Holy Roman emperor)
Matthias, Hunyadi Corvinus (king of Hungary)
Maugham, William Somerset (French writer)
Mauldin, William Henry (Bill, American cartoonist)
Maus (Art Spiegelman, German: mouse)
Mauzzaubindumiwin (Ojibway: incomplete, fuzzy or fragmented)
Maxentius, Marcus Aurelius Valerius (Roman emperor)
Maximilian (king of Germany & Holy Roman emperor)
Maximilian II (king of Germany, Hungary & Roman emperor)
Maximilian (king of Bavaria)
Maximilian, Ferdinand Joseph (emperor of Mexico)
Maximilian, Gaius Julius Verus (Roman emperor)
Maximinus, Galerius Valerius (Roman emperor)
Maximus, Clodius Pupienus (Roman emperor)
Maximus, Magnus (Roman emperor)
Maximus, Tyrannus (Roman emperor)
Maximus, Valentinian (Roman emperor)
Maxwell, James Clerk (Scottish physicist)
May (Latin magnus: great, deus maius: Jupiter)
May, Elizabeth Evans (American MP & leader of the Green Party of Canada)
May, Phil (English arist)
May, Samuel (American abolitionist)
Mayer, Louis B. (Eliezer, Russian film producer)
McAskill, Angus (the Cape Breton giant)
McCain; Harrison & Wallace (Canadian entrepreneurs; McCain Foods, Maple Leaf Foods)
McCamus, Tom (Canadian actor)
McCarthy, Brendan (English comics artist, Tank Girl)
McCarthy, Mary Therese (American writer)
McCartney, Paul (British rock musician)
McClelland; John Gordon & jr. (Canadian publishers)
McClung, Nellie Letitia (Canadian writer)
McConnell, Robert Murray Gordon (Canadian jazz musician, Boss Brass)
McCormack, John (Irish tenor)
McCormick; Joseph Medill & Robert Rutherford (American publishers, Tribune)
McCosh, James (Scottish educator)
McCoy, Kid (Norman Selby, American boxer)
McCrae, John (Canadian poet & physician)
McCurdy, James Frederick (father of biblical studies in Canada)
McEwen, Clifford MacKay (Black Mike, Canadian WWI fighter pilot)
McFadden, David William (Canadian poet)
McFarlane, Todd (Canadian comics artist, Spawn)
McGarrigle; Kate, Anna & Jane (Canadian musicians)
McGee, Thomas D’arcy (Irish statesman & poet, assassinated by Fenians)
McIlvanney, Willam (Scottish writer)
McIntosh, John (American apple cultivator)
McKean, Dave (British artist, musician & director)
McKinney, Louise (Canadian activist, legislator & eugenicist, Famous Five)
McKinley, William (25th American president)
McLaren, Norman (Canadian director)
McLarnin, Jimmy (Baby Face, Canadian 2 time world welterweight champion)
McLaughlin, Isabel (Canadian painter)
McLean, John (Am Bard MacGilleathain, Scottish poet)
McLuhan, Herbert Marshall (Canadian professor of English)
McMahon, Brian (American rock musician; Slint, Palace)
McNair, J. Herbert (Scottish artist, the Glasgow School)
McNaughton, General Andrew George Latta (Canadian chief of general staff [1929-1935], Distinguished Service Order, brigadier-general, commander of the 1st Canadian Army & Inonesian sovereigntist)
Mead, Margaret (American anthropologist)
Meader, Abott Vaughn (American comedian)
Meat (40% of slaughtered cows are processed as byproducts, used in insulation, crayons, glue, marshmallows, soap, gum, pasta, fish food, film, &c.)
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”  -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mediterranean Monk Seal (1 of the WMES)
Megis (Ojibway: an oval shaped shell)
Meiji (Matsuhito, emperor of Japan)
Meir, Golda (Golda Mabovitch, Israeli prime minister)
Meitner, Lise (Austrian physicist)
Melanin (C17H98O33N14S, melanocytes; skin pigment which absorbs the sun’s radiation)
Melba, Madame Nellie (Helen Porter Armstrong [Mitchell], Australian prima donna)
Melchizedek, (king of Salem)
Meleager (king of Calydon)
Melos (Greek: song)
Melpomene (Greek muse of tragedy)
Melville, Andrew (Scottish theologian)
Melville, Herman (American writer)
Memento Mori (Italian: reminder of death)
Memistikosiw (Cree: French man)
Memling, Hans (Flemish painter)
Menander (king of Bactria)
Menander (Greek dramatist)
Mencius (Chinese philosopher, Confucianist)
Mendel, Gregor Johann (Moravian monk & founder of genetic science)
Mendeleyev, Dmitri Ivanovich (Russian chemist)
Mendelssohn, Moses (German philosopher)
Mendelssohn-Batholdy, Jacob Ludwig Felix (German composer)
Menelaus (king of Lacedaemon)
Menelik II (emperor of Abyssinia)
Menninger; Charles Frederick, Karl Augustus & William Claire (American psychiatrists)
Menno, Simons (Dutch theologian & founder of Mennonites)
Menorah (Hebrew: candlestick)
Mens Rea (Latin: true crime, law: mental evidence) 1.specific intent 2.general intent 3.wilful intent 4.recklessness 5.negligence.
Menthol (C10H20O, crystalline compound in camphor oils)
Mentor (song of Alcimus, friend of Odysseus)
Menuhin, Yehudi (American violinist)
Mephistopheles (Greek: he who loves not light)
Mercator, Gregardus (Gerhard Kremer, Flemish inventor)
Mercuric Chloride (HgCl2, poisonous white crystalline salt)
Mercury (astronomy: planet closest to the sun; quicksilver, Hydrargyrum, Hg, liquid metal, cinnabar [HgS])
Merman, Ethel (Zimmerman, American actress & singer)
Mescaline (C11H17NO3, white crystalline powder from the mescal cactus, hallucinogen)
Mesmer, Friedrich Anton (Austrian physician)
Mesopatamia: the land between the rivers.
Messalina, Valeria (Roman empress, wife of Claudius)
Messie: Messiah ou Meshiah, en hebreu; Christos ou Eleimmenos, en grec; Unctus, en latin; Oint.  -Voltaire
The Metabolic Rate of animals is proportonate to the body weight.
Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand (Swiss writer)
Meyer, Russ (American director)
Meyerbeer, Giacomo Jakob Liebermann Beer (German composer)
Meynell, Alice Christina (Thompson, English writer)
MF (abbr. medium frequencies, 300 – 3000 kilohertz)
Mg (abbr. milligram or magnesium)
Michael I, II, VII & VIII (Byzantine emperors)
Michael (Mikail Fyodorovich Romanov, czar of Russia)
Michael (king of Romania)
Michelson, Albert Abraham (American physicist)
Mickiewicz, Adam (Polish writer)
Midas (king of Phrygia)
Mignola, Mike (American comics artist & writer, Hellboy)
Mikkyo (Japanese: secret Buddhism) see Kuji-in.
Milan, Obrenovitch (king of Serbia)
Milky Way (our galaxy)
Mill; James &  John Stuart (Scottish philosophers)
Millais, Sir John Everett (English painter)
Millay, Edna St. Vincent (American poet)
Miller, Arthur (American playwright)
Miller, Dick (American actor)
Miller, Frank (American comics artist & writer, Sin City)
Miller, Henry (American writer)
Millet, Jean (French painter)
Milligan, Peter (English comics writer, Shade the Changing Man)
Mills, Sir John (Lewis Ernest Watts, British actor)
Milne, Alan Alexander (British writer)
Milne, David Brown (Canadian painter)
Milton, John (English poet)  A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
Mimos (Greek: imitate)
Minamoto, Yoritomo (Japanese warrior landlord, founder of the shogunate [bakufu])
Ming (Chinese: destiny, fate; dark; mandate; order; ignorance; name; understanding)
Mingus, Charles (American jazz musician)
Minos (king of Cnossos, father of Ariadne)
Minthe (Nymphe of the Cocytus river, torn to peices by Persephoe & bled the mint of Samikon)
Miro, Joan (Spanish surrealist painter)
Mi-run mor nan Gall (Scottish: the Lowlander’s great hatred)
Mishima, Yukio (Kimitake Hiroaka, Japanese writer)
Mr. Show (Bob Odenkirk & David Cross)
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?  Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.  To be great is to be misunderstood.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mitchell, Joni (Roberta Joan Anderson, Canadian folk musician)
Mitchell; Maria & William (American astronomers)
Milford, Mary Russell (English novelist)
Mithradates I & II (kings of Parthia)
Mithradates VI (king of Pontus)
Miyamoto, Nobuko (Japanese actress)
Mi’zar (Arabic: cloak or a star in the crook of the Big Dipper’s handle)
MKS (abbr. metres, kilograms & seconds)
MM (abbr. millimeter, Messieurs or Latin mutatis mutandis: changes made)
MMIW (abbr. missing & murdered Indigenous women)
Mnemosyne (Greek goddess of memory, mother of the Muses)
MO (Scottish: my, abbr. Latin modus operandi: way of doing things, Missouri, mail order, money order or medical officer)
Mob Mentality: the dilution of responsibility.
Mod (Gaelic: assembly, abbr. modern, moderate, moderato, modulus or ministry of defense)
Modjeska, Helana (Modrzejewski, Polish actress)
Mohammed V (sultan of Turkey)
Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, French dramatist)
Molly Maguires (Irish society founded in 1843 to resist rent collectors)
Moloch (Canaanite diety)
Monday (day of the moon)
Monet, Claude (French painter)
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.  -Francis Bacon
Monk, Thelonius Sphere (American jazz musician)
Monroe, Harriet (American author)
Monroe, James (5th president of the U.S.)
Monroe, Marilyn (Norma Jean Mortenson, American actress)
Monstro (Latin: show)
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (English writer)
Quelqu’un pourrait dire de moi que j’ai seulement fait ici un amas de fleurs etrangeres, m’y ayant fourni di mien que le filet a les lier.  -Montaigne
Montessori, Dottoressa Maria (Italian educator)
Monteverdi, Claudio Giovanni Anotonio (Italian composer)
Montez, Lola (Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Irish dancer)
Montezuma I & II (Aztec emperors)
Montgolfier; Joseph & Etienne (American inventors of the balloon)
Montgomerie, Alexander (Scottish poet)
Moore, Alan (English comics writer, Watchmen, V for Vendetta)
Moore, George Edward (English philosopher)
Moore, Henry (English sculptor)
Moore, Marianne Craig (American poet)
Moore, Michael (American director)
Moore, Thomas (Irish poet)
“Literary expressions are art and moral principles are substance.  If one is earnest about substance and writes down with art, it will be beautiful and loved.  As it is loved, it will be transmitted to posterity.  The worthy can then learn it and achieve its object.  This is education.”  -Chou Tun-i
Moray, James Stewart Earl of (regent of Scotland)
More, Hannah (English author)
More, Sir Thomas (English statesman, writer & saint)
Morgan, Lady (Sydney Owenson, Irish author)
Morgan, Lewis Henry (American anthropologist)
La Morgue (a building behind Notre Dame cathedral where unknown bodies were left)
Morisot, Berthe (French painter)
Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded by Joseph Smith in 1830)
Morpheus (son of Sleep, god of dreams)
M is for Morphine (C17H19O3N, white crystalline alkaloid found in opium).
Morrigan (Celtic shapeshifting war goddess)
Morris, Clara (Canadian actress)
Morris, William (English artist & architect)
Morrison, Grant (Scottish comics writer)
Morrison, Jim (American rock singer, The Doors)
Morrison, Sterling (American rock musician, The Velvet Underground)
Morrissey (English rock singer, The Smiths)
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (American inventor)
Morton, Jelly Roll (Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton, American jazz musician & composer)
Moscheles, Ignaz (Behemian composer & pianist)
Moses, Grandma (Anna Mary Robertson Moses, American artist)
Motherwell, Robert (American artist)
Moton, Robert Russa (American educator)
Mott, Lucretia (American reformer)
Mousike (Greek: music)
Mountain Gorilla (Rwandan, 1 of the WMES)
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (Austrian composer)
MP (abbr. melting point, military police, mounted police or member of parliament)
MS (abbr. manuscript)
Mugwump (from Algonkin mugquomp: chief) defined by the United States Congress as: “a man that sits on the political fence with his mug on one side and his wump on the other.”
Muhammad (prophet of Islam)
Muhammad Reza Pahlavi (shah of Iran)
Muir, John (Scottish naturalist)
Muki (Hawaiian: suck or kiss)
Muldaur, Diana (American actress, Dr. Anne Mulhall, Dr. Miranda Jones & Dr. Polaski) see Star Trek.
Muller, Wilhelm (German poet)
Munch, Edvard (Norwegian painter)
Munchhausen, Hieronimus Karl Friedrich Baron Von (German noble, made famous by Rudolph Erich Raspe)
Saint Mungo (Kentigarn patron of Glasgow)
Munro, Alice (Canadian writer)
Munro, Neil (Scottish writer)
Munroe, Bill (American bluegrass musician)
Murabit, Alaa (آلاء المرابط, Libyan/Canadian doctor & activist)
Murasaki, Baroness (Lady Murasaki, Japanese novelist)
Murat, Joachim (king of Naples)
Muratore, Lucien (French opera singer)
Murdoch, Jean Iris (Irish novelist)
Murfree, Mary Noailles (Charles Egbert Craddock, American author)
Murilo, Bartolome Estebam (Spanish painter)
Murphy, Emily (Janey Canuck, Canadian feminist, 1st female magistrate in the British Empire & active eugenicist)
Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will.
Murray; Bill, Brian Doyle & John (American actors)
Murrray, Sir James Augustus Henry (British philologist & lexicographer)
Muspratt; James & James Sheridan (Irish chemists)
Mussett, Louis Charles Alfred de (French writer)
Musselini, Benito (Il Duce, Italian founder of the Fascist movement, prime minister & dictator)
Mustard gas ((C2H4)2CI2S, dichloraethyl sulphide)
Muthos (Greek: story)
Muto (Latin: change)
Mutsuhiro (emperor of Japan)
Muybridge, Eadweard (Edward James Muggeridge, English photographer)
Muzaffar-Ed-Din (shah of Persia)
MW (abbr. medium wave or megawatt)
Myers, Mike (Canadian actor, The Cat in the Hat)
The Mysteries: “The saying of many ridiculous things and many serious things.”  -Aristophanes



(en) Phoenician nun: fish; Greek nu (ν); 25th letter in Arabic nun; Hebrew nu: 13th letter, noon: 14th letter, 50, failure; runic nauthiz: constraint, need, necessity, sorrow, hardship, lessons; Irish nuin: the ash tree; chemistry: nitrogen; neutron; newton; north; number; Avagadro number; normal or noun.

NAACP (abbr. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Nabakov, Vladimir (Russian novelist)
Nada (Hindi: sound)
Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon, French photographer, writer & caricaturist)
Nader, Ralph (American lawyer)
Nae (Scottish: no)
NAFTA: “Not  a free trade agreement.”  -John Ralston Saul  “Under Clinton, NAFTA offered a method for employers to illegally undermine labor organizing by threatening to move enterprises to Mexico.  A number of illegal operations by employers shot up at that time.  What’s left are private-sector unions, and they’re under bipartisan attack.”  -Noam Chomsky
Nagara (Hindi: man of taste & culture)
Nahmoyah (Cree: no)
Nairne, Caroline Baroness (Scottish poet)
Nakba (Arabic: catastrophe, the displacement of Palestinians by Israel in 1948)
NAMBLA (abbr. North American Man Boy Love Association)
Nanna (Sin, Sumerian moon god; Norse, wife of Balder)
Nantosuelta (Stream, Celtic earth goddess)
NAOMI (abbr. North American Opiate Medication Initiative, a Canadian study based on a European heroin treatment providing prescriptions to addicts in clinics)  see VANDU.
Napier, John (Scottish mathematician)
Napolean I, II & III (French emperors)
Nardwuar (the human serviette, Canadian interviewer & rock musician)


Narceine (C23H27NO8.3H2O; white crystalline alkaloid, found in opium)
Narmour, Will (W. T. Narmour & S. W. Smith, American country fiddle player)
Nashe, Thomas (English writer)
Nasir, Khosrau (Persian poet)
Nast, Thomas (American cartoonist & illustrator)
“One’s Nature is the one source of all things and is not one’s own private possession.  It is only the great man who is able to know and practice its principle to the utmost.  Therefore, when he establishes himself, he will help others to establish themselves.  He will share his knowledge with all.  He will love universally.  When he achieves something, he wants others to achieve the same.  As for those who are so obstructed themselves as not to understand this principle of mine, nothing can be done.”  -Chang Tsai
As husband is, the wife is: thou art mated with a clown,
And the grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“Nauseous. Nauseated.  The first means ‘sickening to contemplate’; the second means ‘sick at the stomach.’  Do not, therefore, say ‘I feel nauseous,’ unless you are sure you have that effect on others.”  -Strunk & White
Nation, Terry (Canadian writer & producer for the CBC & BBC, Hockey Night in Canada, Dr. Who & The Avengers)
Nazimova, Alla (Russian actress)
Nebaunaube (Ojibway: merman or -maid)
Nebuchadnezzar (king of Neo-Babylonian empire)
Neer; Aernout & Eglon Van Der (Dutch painters)
Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.  -John Keats
Neighbour Principle: “You must take reasonable care to ovoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour.”  -Lord Atkin
Neilson, Julia (English actress)
Nelligan, Emile (Canadian poet)
Nelson, Horatio 1st Viscount (British admiral)
Nemesis (Greek goddess of retributive justice, daughter of Oceanus, Queen of Motives & arbitress of all things)
Nemo (Latin: no one)
NEMO JUDEX IN SUA CAUSA (Latin: no one should be a judge in their own cause)
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT. -Crown & regiments of Scotland motto
Neptune (astronomy: between uranus & pluto)
Nernst, Walter Hermann (German physicist)
Nero, Claudius Caeser (Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, Roman emperor)
Nerva, Marcus Cocceius (Roman emperor)
Nerve Gas (a derivative of phosphoric acid)
Neuron (nerve cell)
Neurotransmitter: chemical secreted between neurons.
New Amsterdam (capital of New Netherland, taken by the British and renamed New York)
Forty Thousand Strong
We are coming Mr. Coaker from the East, West, North and South
You have called us and we’re coming to put our foes to rout,
By Merchants and by Governments too long we’ve been misruled,
We’re determined now in future and no longer we’ll be fooled,
We’ll be brothers all and freeman and we’ll rightify each wrong,
We are coming Mr. Coaker and we’re forty thousand strong.
We have proved that Reid and Morris are in love but with their purse,
That the treatment of the fishermen is daily getting worse;
They’ve been tried and been found wanting, so we’ll surely turn them down,
For we now have got the Leader who upon us shall not frown.
It is you shall slay the Dragons who have cowed us down so long,
We are coming Mr. Coaker and we’re forty thousand strong.
We are coming Mr. Coaker, men from Green Bay’s rocky shore,
Men who stand the snow white billows down on stormy Labrador;
They are ready and awaiting, strong and solid, firm and bold,
To be led by you like Moses, led the Israelites of old.
They are ready for to sever from the merchant’s servile throng,
We are coming Mr. Coaker and we’re forty thousand strong.
We are coming Mr. Coaker, Bonavista Bay will fight.
As their fathers ever foremost to give battle for the night,
Trinity Bay today is solid, you and our good cause to back,
While the bold Placentia Bay men sure you’ll find they won’t be slack,
We’ll be firm and true and steady, and will help our cause along,
We are coming Mr. Coaker and we’re forty thousand strong.
We are coming Mr. Coaker and though sharp shall be the fight,
Yet we trust in you our Leader, and our God will do the right,
All our beacon fires are lighted and we see them brightly burn;
With our motto ‘No Surrender’ all our enemies we will spurn,
Led by you we’ll never falter, God shall help our cause along,
We are coming Mr. Coaker and we’re forty thousand strong.
-“a union man,” The Fisherman’s Advocate, September 1913
New occasions teach new duties: Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth.  -James Russell Lowell
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.  -John Locke
New Spain (Spanish colonies in the West Indies, Central America, Mexico, southwestern United States & the Philippine Islands)
New Sweden (Swiss colonies on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware)
Newman, Paul (American actor)
Newton, Sir Isaac (English physicist)
Newton’s Laws of Motion: 1. Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line except in so far as it is compelled by external forces to change that state.  2. Rate of change of momentum is proportional to the applied force, and takes place in the direction in which the force acts.  3. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
“O Babylon!  O Carthage!  O New York!”  -Siegfried Sassoon
New York Dolls (rock band; David Johansen, Johhny Thunder, Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan & Billy Murcia)
Niall of the Nine Hostages (Irish warlord, ‘Trinity College Dublin, have discovered as many as one in 12 Irish men could be descended from Niall… Gallagher, Boyle, O’Donnell and O’Doherty.’)
Nicephorus I, II & III (Byzantine emperors)
Nicholas I & II (czars of Russia)
Saint Nicholas (patron saint of sailors, merchants, travelers & children; December 6th [St. Nicholas Eve] was celebrated by leaving gifts in the shoes or stockings of children)
Nichols, Mike (German comedian & director)
Nichols, Nichelle (American actress & singer, Uhura) see Star Trek.
Nicholson, Jack (American actor)
Nicolet, Jean (French explorer)
Nicotine (C10H14N2; poisonous liquid alkaloid, found in tabacco leaves)
Niebuhr, Reinhold (American theologian)
Nielson, Alice (American prima donna)
Nielson, Leslie (Canadian actor)
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm (German philosopher)
Night (sister of Ether & Chaos, Phanes’ concubine)
“During the Renaissance, Florence developed a reputation for being pervaded with homosexuality – “sodomy” in the language of the time. Smarting from this reputation, reeling from population loss suffered during the Black Death, and pressured by homophobic clerics, in 1432 the city government set up a judicial panel called “The Office of the Night” exclusively to solicit and investigate charges of sodomy.”  –Paul Varnell, Windy City Times.
Nightingale, Florence (British nurse)
Nihil (Latin: nothing)
Nijinsky, Vaslav (Russian ballet dancer)
Nike (Greek goddess of victory)
Nilsson, Birgit (Swedish soprano)
Nimoy, Leonard (American actor, Spock) see Star Trek.
9/11: “Frank Miller took me over the video conference and I stepped out and called Watson on a secure line.  “We got the passenger manifests from the airlines.  We recognize some names, Dick.  They’re al Qaeda.”  I was stunned, not that the attack was al Qaeda but that there were al Qaeda operatives on board aircraft using names that the FBI knew were al Qaeda.
“How the fuck did they get on board then?”  I demanded.
“Hey, don’t shoot the messenger, friend.  CIA forgot to tell us about them.”  Dale Watson was on the good guys at FBI.”
“I expected to go back to a round of meetings examining what the next attacks could be, what our vulnerabilities were, what we could do about them in the short term.  Instead, I walked into a series of discussions about Iraq.  At first I was incredulous that we were talking about something other than getting al Qaeda.  Then I realized with almost a sharp physical pain that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were going to try to take advantage of this national security tragedy to promote their agenda about Iraq.  Since the beginning of the administration, indeed well before, they had been pressing for a war with Iraq.  My friends in the Pentagon had been telling me that the word was we would be invading Iraq sometime in 2002.”  -Richard A. Clarke
1916 (February 3rd: the centre block of Parliament burns down)
1947 (Palestinian leaders regect UN proposal to split Palestine between Jews & Palestinians)
1950 (September 13th: Jake “the Bronx Bull” LaMotta knocks-out Laurent Dauthuille with 13 seconds left in the fight [saves middleweight title])
1951 (Valentine’s Day: Sugar Ray Robinson beats LaMotta in 13 rounds [middleweight])
1955 (September 21st: Rocky “the Brockton Blockbuster” Marciano knocks-out Archie Moore and retires undefeated [heavyweight])
1963 (Rubin “Hurricane” Carter beats Emile Griffith [welterweight], Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, BBC’s Doctor Who & the J. F. K. assasination)
1964 (February 25th: Cassius Clay beats Charles “Sonny” Liston [heavyweight])
1967 (Canada turns 100, summer of love & Kurt Cobain is born)
1971 (May issue of Creem magazine introduces the terms punk rock & heavy metal as genre names)
1973 (January 22nd: George Foreman beats Frazier [heavyweight])
1974 (October 30th: Ali beats Foreman in Zaire [heavyweight])
1975 (September 30th: Ali beats Frazier [heavyweight])
1976 (George Foreman knocks-out Ron Lyle at Ceasar’s Palace in the 5th round, John Artis & Rubin Carter are freed, then found guilty again of 1966 shooting, Jonathan Richman’s The Modern Lovers, Martin Scorsese’s Taxidriver, 2 Viking probes land on mars, George Bush is the 1st politician appointed head of the CIA, death of Mao Tse Tung, “Furthermore, in 1976 we can hardly ignore the fact that the power of the American state has been employed, on a massive scale, to impose capitalist social forms and ideological principles on unwilling and resisting victims thoughout the world.  Academic ideologists and political commentators in the media may choose to interpret history in other terms, but the business press is considerably more accurate in observing that the “stable world order for business operations,” “the international economic structure, under which U.S. companies have flourished since the end of Word War II,” has been dependent on organized violence of the state.  “No matter how negative a development, there was always the umbrella of American power to contain it,” though in the world after Vietnam, they fear, this may no longer be so.”  -Noam Chomsky)
1980 (June 20th: Roberto Duran beats Sugar Ray Leonard, November 25th: Leonard beats Duran [welterweight]; both Scorsese & David Lynch release black & white films where the male lead says: “I’m not a monster.”)
1982: “The greatest moviegoing year for science fiction fans ever.  Releases included: Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Liquid Sky, Blade Runner, Tron, The Road Warrior, Videodrome, The Thing, E.T., and many more.”  -Ebionics
1984 (a book, a film, and year of futuristic nightmare)
1985 (the year Michael J. Fox came from; April 15th: Marvin Hagler beats Thomas Hearns)
1986 (November 22nd: Mike Tyson beats Trevor Berbick [heavywieght].)
The Ninety and Nine
There are ninety and nine who live and die
In want and hunger and cold,
That one may revel in luxury
And be lapped in its silken fold.
The ninety and nine in hovels bare,
The one in a mansion with riches rare.
They toil in the fields the ninety and nine,
For the fruit of our mother earth.
They dig and delve in the dusky mine
And bring its hid treasures forth,
But the wealth released by their sturdy blows
To the hands of the one forever flows.
From the sweat of their brows the desert blooms
And the forests before them falls.
Their labour has builded humble homes
And cities with lofty halls.
But the one owns cities and homes and lands
And the ninety and nine have empty hands.
But the night so dreary and dark and long,
At last shall the morning bring,
And over the land the victors’ song
Of the ninety and nine shall ring,
And echo afar from zone to zone,
Rejoice for labour shall have its own.  –Mrs. R. S. Smith, The Labor Reformer, 1886
Ninjitsu (Japanese marial art)
Nipa (Cree: sleep)
Nipewin (Cree: bed)
Nipoin (Cree: death)
Nippon (Japanese: land of the rising sun)
Nirvana (Sanskrit: extinction, Seattle band) see Cobain.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas, N2O; gas used as anaesthetic)
Nixon, Richard Milhous (1st American president to resign)
Nizami, Niza-Muddin Abu Muhammad Ilyas bin Yusuf (Persian poet)
No (abbr. nobelium; or negative, none, not, to disagree, as opposed to yes)
Nobel, Alfred Bernhard (Swedish chemist)
Nobile, Umberto (Italian aviator)
Nodens: Lord of the Great Abyss.
Noguchi, Hideyo (Japanese pathologist)
Noguchi, Isamu (American sculptor)
NoMeansNo (Victoria band)
Nomos (Greek: law or custom)
Nomothetai (Greek: law makers)
Non-interference Directive: “Common name for Starfleet General Order #1 which prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering in the normal development of any society, especially those which have not developed warp drive.”  -startrek.com
Nonnus (Egyptian poet, Dionysiaca)
“Nonsense, n. The objections that are urged against this excellent dictionary.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Noone, Jimmy (American jazz clarinet & alto saxophonist)
Nordica, Lillian (American opera singer)
Norris, Kathleen (American author)
Nosos (Greek: disease)
Nostrodamus (Michel de Notre-Dame, French physician)
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  -Corinthians 4:18
Nouns of number, or multitude, such as Mob, Parliament, Rabble, House of Commons, Regiment, Court of King’s Bench, Den of Thieves, and the like.  -William Cobbett
Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves
It is time for the coal miners to rise up on their feet,
And crush the opposition wherever they will meet.
Too long the capitalist party has kept the miners down,
With their mansions full and plenty — on the miners they do frown.
Through years past the coal companies have trodden down the poor,
But now comes the crisis — the miners’ votes galore;
The capitalists do shudder, they now must turn aside,
To the miner’s class in power, and may we ever abide.
And how often have we spoken about the miners of this land,
Crushed by heavy burdens and that on every hand;
They have no voice whatever; the miners were kept down,
With the corporations in power, poor subjects for a Crown.
Fathers, husbands, sons and brothers they have driven from their homes, 
By their unfair, unjust methods in this little Glace Bay town;
And their shame they may try to flaunt, for the poor slaves pay them well,
And by their filthy money they have sent their souls to hell.
But the day is fast a-coming when the miners will be free,
And the U.M.W. colors flying on the plains for all to see,
And the name of E. S. McCullough we never will forget,
A man who fights for freedom and he fights for honour yet.
And when the strike is over, we’ll march in grand array,
And we’ll ring ten thousand cheers for the U.M.W.A.
And the scab will go under like a man before the gun,
And the miners they will flourish when the dreary strike is won. –P. J. Lynch
November (9th month)
Nowlan, Alden (Canadian poet)
Nu (Egyptian father of gods, “represents the primeval watery mass from which all the gods were evolved”  -E. A. Wallis Budge)
“A nuclear safety inspector discovered only by chance last fall that Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. had continued to dump tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous radioactive waste into the ground for a decade after promising to stop, federal regulators were told yesterday.”  -Torstar News Service
Nureyev, Rudolf Hametovich (Russian ballet dancer & choreographer)
Nut (Egyptian, “the female principle of Nu; she is depicted with the head of a snake surmounted by a disk, or with the head of a cat.”  -E. A Wallis Budge)
Numa Pompilius (Roman king)
Nyarlathotep: the crawling chaos.
Nymphs (minor Greek goddesses of nature; Nereids [sea], Aeseides [grove], Dryades [forest] & Orcades [mountain])



(o) Greek omicron, ou: eye; runic othila: seperation, inheritance, land, home; Scottish oi; chemistry: oxygen; pharmacology: pint; a hug; Irish: son or grandson; ocean, zero or ounce.

Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.  -Samuel Johnson
Oates, Joyce Carol (American writer)
Obama, Barack Hussein II (1st African American president of the U.S.)
Obenchain, Eliza Calvert (Hall, American author)
Oberon (fairy king)
Obiter Dictum (Latin: dead words)
O’Brien, Conan (American comedian, Late Night)
O’Brien, Edna (Irish writer)
O’Brien, Seumas (Irish artist & writer)
O’Brien, William (Irish journalist & politician)
Oblong, Angus (American writer & illustrator, The Oblongs)
Content thyself to be obscurely good.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
The post of honour is a private station.  -Joseph Addison
OBU (One Big Union)
O’Casey, Sean (Irish writer)
Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria (AOC, American Congress woman)
Occyte (female gametocyte, during meiosis becomes an ovum)
O’Connell, Daniel (the counsellor, the Liberator; Irish statesman)
O’Connor, Flannery (American author)
O’Connor, Thomas Power (Irish journalist & politician)
O’Conor, John Francis Xavier (American educator)
October (8th month)
October Crisis (kidnapping of British trade consul James Cross & murder of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte; the darkest part of the Trudeau Era, a state of “apprehended insurrection” under the War Measures Act while over 450 people were arrested then released without hearing or charge [1970])
Octopus (vilgaris): invertebrate with the biggest brain.
Od was a hypothetical force supposedly pervading all nature, particularly present in sensitive people.  Baron von Reichenbach (1788-1869) proposed the theory to explain such phenomena a mesmerism and animal magnetism.”
Odawa (Ojibway ottawa: trade)
O’Dea, Hon. Fabian A. (lieutenant governor of Newfoundland, knight justice to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, knight in the sovereign & military Order of Malta, Rhodes scholar & soldier)
Odd Fellows (founded by Thomas Wildey in England, 1790)
Odi (Latin: I hate)
Odoacer, Flavius (German king)
O’Donnell; Manus, Calvagh & Hugh Roe (Irish kings)
Odune (Greek: pain)
OED (abbr. Oxford English Dictionary)
Oedipus (Theban king, killed his father & married his mother)
Oersted, Hans Christian (Danish physicist)
Oestrogens (female sex hormones; oestradiol [C18H24O2], oestrone [C18H22O2] & oestriol [C18H24O3])
O’Faolain, Sean (Irish writer)
Offa (king of Mercians)
Ognissanti (Italian: All Saints)
O’Hara, Maureen (American actress)
Oi! (pub rock, Slade)
Oighreachd (Scottish: chief’s land)
Oiketes (Greek: house slave)
Oikos (Greek: household)
Oh, Sandra Miju (Nepean actress)
O’Keefe, Georgia (American artist)
Okyo, Maruyama (Japanese artist)
Olaf I, II & V (kings of Norway)
Oldenburg, Claes Thure (Swedish sculptor)
Oldham, John (English poet)
Oldham, Ned, Paul & Will (American country musicians)  see Palace.
And slowly answer’d Arthur from the barge:
‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfills himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.’  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Oliphant, Margaret (Wilson, British novelist)
Oliviera Martins, Joaquim Pedro de (Portuguese writer)
Olivier, Sir Lawrence Kerr Baron Olivier of Brighton (English actor)
Olmsted, Frederick Law (American landscape architect)
Omar, Ilhan (Somali/American Congress woman)
Ilhan Omar AFP
Omar Khayyam (Persian poet, mathematician & astronomer)
Omnia vincit Amor: et nos cedamus Amori.  -Virgil
The Man of Truth is beyond good and evil,” intoned a voice that was not a voice.  “The Man of Truth has ridden to All-Is-OneThe Man of Truth has learned that Illusion is the One Reality, and that Substance is the Great Impostor.”  -H. P. Lovecraft
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  -Galatians 3:28
The advantage to doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.  -Samuel Butler
“In one’s words there should always be something to teach others.  In one’s activities there should be something to serve as model for others.  In the morning something should be done.  In the evening something should be realized.  At every moment something should be nourished.  And in every instant something should be preserved.”  -Chang Tsai
O’Neill, Eugene Gladstone (American playwright)
O’Neill, James (Irish actor)
Onoma (Greek: name)
Lays of Labour
From the early dawn of morning
Till the closing of the day,
Helping to enrich another
Toiling hard for little pay;
Living in a pent-up alley,
On the coarsest kind of food,
Whilst the rich man lives in luxury;
Is this human brotherhood?
Better far to be a savage,
In the desert roaming free,
Than live a life degraded,
And a mere machine to be.
But, cry preachers, be contented!
It is only for your good;
Man was made to toil and suffer —
Is this human brotherhood?
Vain it is to talk of freedom,
Whilst distinctions thus remain;
Slaves of wealth are slaves as truly,
As the slave that wears the chain.
Though all God’s earth was made for all men,
Owning not a single rood,
Robbed of all, and blamed for toiling,
Is this human brotherhood?
Arouse yourselves, ye toiling millions!
Join together in your might,
Cast off sleep — be up and doing
If you would obtain your right,
And oppression sweep before you
Like the torrent of a flood,
Be your watchword truth and justice,
Universal brotherhood.  –anonymous, The Ontario Workman, 1872.
OO (abbr. Occupy Ottawa or Occupied Ottawa [revised])
In Architecture as in all other Operative Arts, the end must direct the Operation.  The end is to build well.  Well building hath three Conditions.  Commodity, Firmness, and Delight.  -Sir Henry Wotton
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.  -John Stuart Mill

“…form opinions!  Read Sophocles, Euripides and Dante and Proust.  Read everything that you can find about art except the reviews.  Read the Bible; read Hume; read Pogo.  Read all kinds of poetry and know many poets and critics.  Go to an art school, or two, or three, or take art courses at night, if necessary.  And paint and paint and draw and draw.  Know all that you can, both curricular and non-curricular–mathematics and physics and economics, logic, and particularly history.  Know at least two languages besides your own, but anyway, know French.  Look at pictures and more pictures.  Look at every kind of visual symbol, every kind of emblem; do not spurn signboards or furniture drawings of this style or that style of art.  Do not be afraid to like paintings honestly or to dislike them honestly, but if you do dislike them retain an open mind.  Do not dismiss any school of art, not the Pre-Raphaelites nor the Hudson River School nor the German Genre painters.  Talk and talk and sit at cafes, and listen to everything, to Brahms, to Brubeck, to the Italian hour on the radio.  Listen to preachers in small town churches and in big city churches.  Listen to politicians in New England town meetings and to rabble-rousers in Alabama.  Even draw them.  And remember that you are trying to learn to think what you want to think, that you are trying to co-ordinate mind and hand and eye.  Go to all sorts of museums and galleries and to the studios of artists.  Go to Paris and Madrid and Rome and Ravenna and Padua.  Stand alone at St. Chapelle, in the Sistine Chapel, in the Church of the Carmine in Florence.  Draw and draw and paint and learn to work in many media; try lithography and aquatint and silkscreen.  Know all that you can about art, and by all means have opinions.  Never be afraid to become embroiled in art or life or politics; never be afraid to learn to draw or paint better than you already do; and never be afraid to undertake any kind of art at all, how ever exalted or however common, but do it with distinction.”  -Ben Shahn

Opium (Papaver somniferum, sap becomes opium; used by the Egyptian, Roman & Chinese civilizations)
Opp, Julie (American actress)
Oppenheim, Edward Philips (English novelist)
Opportunity makes a thief.  -Francis Bacon
OPS (abbr. Ottawa Police Services)
Orchesis (Greek: dance)
Orczy, Baroness (Emma Magdelena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara, Hungarian writer)
O’Reilly, John Boyle (Irish writer)
O’Rell, Max (Paul Blouet, French writer)
Oremus (Latin: let us pray)
Orenda (Iroquois: Creator)
Orestes (son of Agamemnon & Clytaemnestra)
Orexis (Greek: appetite)
Orff, Carl (German composer)
Organon (Greek: instrument)
O is for Orgasm.
Orge (Greek: anger)
El orginales infiel a la traduccion.  -Jorge Luis Borges
Ormandy, Eugene (Hungarian musician)
Ormazd (Zoroastrianism: God)
Orozco, Jose Clemente (Mexican painter)
Orpheus (son of Apollo & Calliope)
O’Rourke, Jim (American musician, Gastr Del Sol)
Ortega y Gasset, Jose (Spanish philosopher)
Ortelius, Abraham (Flemish geographer)
Orwell, George (Eric Arthur Blair, Indian writer) The secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s infallibility with the power to learn from past mistakes.
Osborne, John James (British playwright)
Osborne, Ozzy (British rock singer, Black Sabbath)
Oscar I & II (kings of Sweden & Norway)
O’Shaughnessy, Edith Coves (American author)
Osiris (Egyptian king of the dead)
Osler, Sir William (Canadian professor of medicine & author)
Osman (founder of the Ottoman dynasty in Turkey)
Ossian (Fawn, Oisin; Celtic poet translated by James MacPherson from ancient oral tradition)
Ostade; Adrian & Isaac (Dutch painters)
Ostrovsky, Alexandr Nikolayevich (Russian playwright)
Otho, Marcus Salvius (Roman emperor)
Ottawa (Bytown [1829-1854]) 2 hours outside Montreal (“the New Athens”  -Pierre Elliott Trudeau).
O’Toole, Peter (British actor)
Otway, Thomas (English writer)
Ounce (28 grammes, or a snowleopard)
Our country, right of wrong!  When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right!  -Carl Schurz
Overbury, Sir Thomas (English writer)
Ovid, Publius Ovidius Naso (Roman poet)
Ovum: 0-14 days.
“Above all, this book is not concerned with Poetry.
“The subject of it is War, and the Pity of War.
“The Poetry is in the pity.”  -Wilfred Owen
Oureo (Greek: urinate)
Owen; Robert & Robert Dale (British reformers)
Owen, Wilfred (British poet & soldier)
Owens, Jesse (James Cleveland Owens, American athlete)
OWS (abbr. Occupy Wall Street, started by Canadian magazine Adbusters, inspired by the Arab Spring to protest the ‘occupation’ of funds by Western banks and corporations, activists occupied Zuccotti Park, with communities around the world conducting similar occupations, primarily of public spaces to protest social inequities, decolonize aboriginal lands, provide shelter & food for homeless, making issues such as health, safety, education, economy and the environment paramount using a leaderless direct democracy)
65% of the human body is oxygen.
Oyama, Iwao (Japanese prince & samurai commander-in-chief)
Oz (abbr. ounce, Australia or Baum’s Land)
Ozone (O3; blue allotropic oxygen)
Ozone Layer (Ozonosphere; 15-30 kilometres up, absorbs ultraviolet radiation from the sun)
Ozu, Yasujiro (Japanese director)



(pe) Hebrew peh: mouth; Greek rho; runic perth: initiation, uncertain, secret; Scottish beith-bhog; Roman numeral for 400; chemistry: phosphorus; proton; polarization; momentum; page; parity; pint; peso; pressure; pound; pence or penny.

Pa (abbr. protactinium, pascal, Pennsylvania, father, grandfather or Maori village)
Pacuvius, Marcus (Roman poet)
Paderewski, Ignace Jan (Polish pianist & statesman)
Paganini, Niccolo (Italian violinist & composer)
Page, Betty (American pin-up girl)
Page, Elizabeth Fry (American actress)
Pain (French: bread) the psychic adjunct of an imperative protection reflex.  -Sir Charles Sherington
Pain, Barry (English writer)
Paine, Thomas (American philosopher)
Pajo, David (American rock musician, Slint)
Palace (Louisville band) see Oldham.
Palaion Penthos (Greek: ancient grief)
Palamedes (prince of Nauplia)
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da (Italian composer)
Palgrave, Francis Turner (British poet & anthropologist)
Palladio, Andrea (Italian architect)
Palmer, Alice Freeman (American educator)
Palmer, Daniel David (Canadian founder of chiropractic medicine)
Palmer, Robert Allen (English singer & songwriter)
Pan (god of flocks & harvest, son of Penelope)
Pandora (1st woman)
Pangborn, Georgia Wood (American author)
Pankrates Ganous (Greek: sovereign of liquid splendor)
Papa: used to describe a close male relative in 700 languages, including Apalai (Amazonian).
Papaverine (C20H21NO4; white insoluble alkaloid, found in opium)
Pappus of Alexandria (Greek mathematician)
Parracelsus, Philippus Aureolus (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, Swiss physician)
Paradies n. (German: paradise)

Paramitas (Hindu: 6 virtues of the bodhisattva; generosity (dana), moral conduct (sila), patience (ksanti), courage (virya), meditation (dhyana) & wisdom (prajna).
Pardo Bazan, Emilia Countess of (Spanish writer)
Pare, Ambroise (French surgeon)
Parepa-Rose, Madame (Scottish opera singer)
Paris (France, or last prince of Troy)
Parity (space-reflection symmetry)
Park, Mungo (Scottish explorer)
Parker, Charlie (American jazz musician)
Parker, Dorothy Rothchild (American writer)
Parker, Theodore (American Unitarian theologian & reformer)
Parlow, Kathleen (Canadian violinist)
Parmigiano (Girolama Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter)
Parnell, Charles Stewart (Irish politician)
Parrish, Clara Weaver (American artist)
Parry, Sir William Edward (English explorer)
Parsis (Zoroastrian)
Pascal, Blaise (French mathematician, philosopher & scientist)
Pasiphae (wife of Minos, impregnated by Poseidon’s white bull)
Passenger Pigeon (e.1914)
Pasteur, Louis (French chemist)
Patch, Sam (American daredevil)
Pathos (Greek: emotion, suffering)
Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton (British writer)
Paton, Sir Joseph Noel (Scottish painter & poet)
Saint Patrick (Welsh patron of Ireland)
Patron: Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.  -Samuel Johnson
Patterson, Floyd (American boxer)
Patti, Adelina (Spanish soprano)
Patton, Charlie (King of the Delta Blues, American musician)
Patfulo, George (Canadian author)
Paul (czar of Russia)
Pavorotti, Luciano (Italian tenor)
Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich (Russian psychologist)
Pavlava, Anna (Russian dancer)
Payn, James (American novelist)
Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer (American educator & reformer)
Peabody, Josephine Preston (American author)
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.”  -Constitution of U. N. Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization
There never was a good war, or a bad peace.  -Benjamin Franklin
Peacock, Thomas Love (English writer)
Peale; Charles Willson, James Rapheal, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Anna Claypoole & Sarah Miriam (American painters)
Pearl (CaCO3; calcium carbonite made by molloscs)
Pears, Sir Peter (British tenor)
Pearse, Patrick Henry (Irish writer & martyr)
Pearson, Lester Bowles (Mike, 4th Liberal prime minister)
Peary; Josephine Diebitsch & Robert Edwin (American Arctic explorers)
Peattie, Elia Wilkinson (American writer)
Esto peccator et pecca fortiter, sed fortius fide et gaude in Christo.  -Martin Luther
Peck, Eldred Gregory (American actor)
Pedro I & II (emperors of Brazil)
Peirce, Benjamin (American mathematician)
Peirce, Charles Sanders (American philosopher & logician)
Peirithous (he who wanders in circles, friend of Theseus, they shook a die for Helen)
Peitho (Greek: persuasion of a goddess)
Pelops (son of Tantalus, with a shoulder of ivory)
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword.  -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Baron Lytton
Penelope (wife of Odyseus)
Penn, William (English Quaker & founder of Pennsylvania)
Pennell, Elizabeth (Robins, American author)
Penthesilea (queen of Amazons)
Penumbra (shadow)
People’s Front: “The Left and the Centre Left in France, confronted with the Fascist threat from the growing anti-Semitic and anti-masonic movement, formed in 1935 the People’s Front of the Communists, the Socialists and the Radicals.  The Freemasons were suspicious of the Communists, who had denounced Freemasonry at the Fourth Congress of the Communist International in 1922; and the strength of the Freemasons in the Radical Party meant that it would be difficult to persuade the Radicals to support the People’s Front unless the Freemasons could be won over.  So the Communist leader, Maurice Thorez, went to the headquarters of the Grand Orient and addressed a meeting of the leading Freemasons.  He succeeded in persuading them to support the People’s Front, which won the general election of May 1936 and formed a government under Leon Blum.  The Communists did not enter Blum’s government but supported it in the Chamber of Deputies.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons
Pepin the Short (king of the Franks, father of Charlemagne)
Pepoiemenos (Greek: made-up)
Pereant, inquit, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.  -Aelius Donatus
Perelman, Sidney Joseph (American comedian)
Perlman, Itzhak (Israeli violinist)
Perpetual Motion Machine (contradicts 1st & 2nd laws of thermodynamics)
Perrault, Charles (French author)
Perry, Luke (Dylan)
Perry, Matthew (Canadian actor)
Perry; Matthew Calbraith & Oliver Hazard (American naval officers)
Persephone (daughter of Zeus & Rhea, 2 faced queen of the dead)
Perseus (son of Zeus Danae)
Persians: “do not raise statues, or build temples and altars.  On the contrary, they reproach those who do so for their folly, I think because they don’t believe as the Greeks do that the gods have human form.  Their practice is to make sacrifices to Zeus from the top of the highest mountains, and they think of Zeus as the whole blue sky.”  -Herodotus
Persona (Latin: actor’s mask)
Pertinax, Helvius (Roman emperor)
il Perugino (Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, Italian painter)
Peruzzi, Baldassare (Italian architect & painter)
Pesci, Joe (American actor)
Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich (Swiss educator)
Peter (king of Serbia)
Peter (king of Aragon & Naverre)
Peter I & III (emperors of Russia)
Peterskin, Julia (American novelist)
Peterson, Oscar Emmanuel (Montreal jazz musician)
Petit, Roland (French dancer & choreographer)
Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, Italian poet)
Petrol (gasoline; hydrocarbons: hexane, heptane, octane, &c.)
Petroleum (mineral oil; hydrocarbons & organics, distilled to petrol, parrafin, petrolatum, &c.)
Peyote (mescaline)
PFLP (abbr. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine)
Phaedra (daughter of Minos & Pasiphae)
Phanes (the Protogonos, key to the mind)
Pharnaces I & II (kings of Pontus)
Pheidias (Greek sculptor)
Pheidon (king of Argos)
Phenacetin (CH3CONHC6H4OC2H5, p-ethoxyactanilide; white crystalline)
Phenobarbitone (luminal, phenylethyl barbituric acid, C6H5.C2H5.C: -[NHCO]2:CO; white crystalline powder, sedative & hypnotic)
Philadelphia (the city of brotherly love, founded by William Penn)
Philanthropia (Greek: moral satisfaction)
Phileo (Greek: love)
Philia (dia ton erota, Greek: friendship out of love that only men were supposed to be capable of) see Alcestis.
Philip II (king of Macedon)
Philip I, II, III, IV. V & VI (kings of France)
Philip II & IV (kings of Spain)
Philip (king of Germany)
Philip, John (Scottish painter)
Philips, Adelaide (English singer)
Philips, Wendell (American abolishionist)
Philo (Alexandrian Jewish philosopher)
Philophobia: fear of falling in love.
Philos (Greek: beloved, philosophus: loving wisdom)
Phlegein (Greek: to burn)
Phobos (Greek: terror)
Phoenix (500 year old bird, reborn in its own ashes)
Phoenix; Gemma, Joaquin (Leaf), Rain, River & Summer (American actors)
Phone (Greek: sound)
Phos (Greek: light)
Phosphorus (Greek: light bearer)
Phrazo (Greek: tell)
Phren (Greek: mind)
Phrenology (assumes relationship between head shape & character)
Phtheirein (Greek: seduce, destroy)
Phthonos (Greek: resentment)
Phusis (Greek: nature)
Pi (Π, circumference of a circle, 3.14159…)
Piaf, Edith (Edith Grovanna Gassion, French singer)
Picasso, Pablo Ruiz y (Spanish painter)
Piccard, Auguste (Swiss physicist & inventor)
Pickford, Mary (Gladys Smith, America’s Sweatheart; Canadian actress, married Douglas Fairbanks [Hollywood’s Royal Family])
Pickled: preserved in vinegar.
Picti (Latin: painted people)
Pidgeon, Walter (Canadian actor)
Pike, Capt. Christopher (Jeremy Hunter, Bruce Greenwood, Anson Adams Mount IV)
Pigment (colour least absorbed)
Pilocarpine (C11H16N2O2; white crystalline alkaloid)
Pinckney; Charles Cotesworth, Thomas & Charles (American statesmen)
Pindar (Greek poet)
Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing (British playwright)
Pinkerton, Allan (Scottish detective)
Pinturicchio (Italian painter)
Pinza, Ezio (Italian basso)
Piobaire (Scottish: piper)
Pious (Latin: fraud)
Piperine (C17H19NO3; white crystalline alkaloid, found in pepper)
Pipto (Greek: fall) root of mod. English symptom.
Pirandello, Luigi (Italian writer)
Pisan, Christine de (French poet)
Pisano, Andrea (da Pontedera, Italian sculptor & architect)
Pisano, Niccola (Italian artist, architect & engineer)
Pissaro, Camille (French impressionist painter)
Pistis (Latin: proof)
Pitcairne, Archibald (Scottish physician)
Pithanos (Greek: believable)
Pitman; Benn & Sir Isaac (English educators)
Pizheu (Ojibway: lynx)
Plak tow (Vulcan blood fever) see Star Trek
Plaid (Scottish: blanket)
Planck, Max Karl Ernst Ludwig (German physicist)
Plath, Sylvia (American poet)
Plato (Greek philosopher)
Pleides (7 daughters of Atlas [Maia, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Merope, Alcyone & Sterope])
Pliny; Caius Plinius Secundus & Caius Plinius  Caeilius Secondus (the Elder & the Youger [respectively], Roman writers) In health we should continue to be the man we vowed to become when sickness prompted our words.
PLO (abbr. Palastine Liberation Organization)Plummer, Christopher (Canadian actor)
Plunkett, Sir Horace Curzon (Irish politician)
Plutarch (Greek biographer)
Pluto (discovered in 1930, just past Neptune)
PM (abbr. postmaster, post meridiem, post mortem, past master, premium, prime minister or provost marshal)
Poe, Edgar Allan (American writer)
Poerio, Alessandro (Italian poet & martyr)
Poet: He must write as the interpreter of nature, and the legislator of mankind, and consider himself as presiding over the thoughts and manners of future generations; as a being superior to time and place.  -Samuel Johnson
Poggio, Bracciolini (Italian scholar)
Poietike (Greek: poetry, art)
Poitier, Sidney (American actor)
Point of information (consensus hand signal, something to add or ask, 1 hand pointed up)
Point of process (consensus hand signal, a call to order, 2 hands making a triangle)
Polanski, Roman (Polish director)
Police Action (U.S. term for invasion; Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, Grenada, Panama, &c.)
“Politics n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Politike (Greek: civic life)
Pollack, Jackson (American painter)
Polley; Michael, Diane & Sarah (Canadian actors)
Pollio, Gaius Asinius (Roman poet & soldier)
Polo, Marco (Venetian traveller)
Polybius (Greek historian)
Polyhymnia (Greek muse of sacred poetry)
Pon farr (Vulcan mating cycle) see Star Trek
Pons, Lily (American soprano)
Ponselle, Rosa Melba (American soprano)
Pontiac (Ottawa chief)
Pop Art (see Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein)
Pop, Iggy (James Newall Osterberg, jr., American rock singer, The Stooges)
Pope, Alexander (English poet)
Poppers: jet engine fuel (see Inhalants).
Poseidon (Greek sea god)
Tout es pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles.  -Voltaire
Porter, Cole (American composer)
Porter, David (American naval officer)
Porter, David Dixon (American naval officer)
Porter, Fitz-John (American soldier, grandson of David)
Porter, Jane (British novelist)
Porter, Katherine Anne (American writer)
Porter, William Sydney (O. Henry, American writer)
P is for Potiguaya (Mexican-Spanish: Cannabis indica or sativa).
Pott, Percival (English surgeon)
Potter, Beatrix (British writer & illustrator)
Pound, Ezra Loomis (American poet)
Poussin, Nicolas (French painter)
“The greatest of all evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.”  -George Bernard Shaw
This mournful truth is ev’rywhere confessed,
Slow rises worth by poverty depress’d.  -Samuel Johnson
Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.  -Samuel Johnson
Poverty has strange bedfellows.  -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Baron Lytton
Powel, Maud (Mrs. H. G. Turner, American violinist)
Powell, Bud (American jazz musician)
Power, Tyrone (American actor)
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  -Lord Acton
It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty.  -Francis Bacon
Preble, Edward (American naval commander)
Le Prejuge est une opinion sans jugement.  -Voltaire
Preminger, Otto Ludwig (Austrian director)
Presbyterians (founded upon Calvinism in Zurich, 1523)
Preston, Josephine Corliss (American educator)
Priam (last king of Troy)
Price, Vincent (American actor)
“Principle and righteousness are substance and function, respectively.”  -Ch’eng Hao
“75. Principle in the world is one.  Although there are many roads in the world, the destination is the same, and although there are a hundred deliberations, the result is one.  Although things involve many manifestations and events go through infinite variations, when they are united by the one, there cannot be any contradiction.”  -Ch’eng I
Prinzip, Gabrilo (Serbian assassin of Frances Ferdinand & his wife, principle cause of WWI)
“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.”  -Ivan Illich
Procopius (Byzantine historian)
Proctor; Bryan Waller & Adelaide Ann (English poets)
Proctor, Edna Dean (American poet)
“In the production of things, there is sequence, and in their existence in physical forms, there is orderliness.  Only when sequence is understood will moral principles be correct, and only when orderliness is understood will the principle of propriety operate.”  -Ch’eng Hao
Prohairesis (Greek: choosing)
Prometheus (son of Iapetus & Clymene, teacher of men)
Propertius, Sextus (Roman poet)
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  -Matthew 5:12
Protagoras (Greek philosopher)
Proteus (the old man of the sea, prophet & tender to Neptune’s flocks)
Protogenes (Greek painter)
Proudhon, Pierre Joseph (French Anarchist)
Proust, Joseph Louis (French chemist)
Proust, Marcel (French writer)
Psi Particle (J particle; discovered in 1974, meson with no charge & an “anomolously” long lifetime)
Psilobe semianceata (Latin: magic mushroom)
Psuche (Greek: soul)
Psyche (beloved of Cupid)
Psychotecture: the impact of architecture on the brain.
Ptah (Egyptian creator god of Memphis)
Ptolemy I & XIII (kings of Egypt)
Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus; Greek mathematician & geographer, postulated that planets moved around the defererent, the centre eroneously thought to be earth)
Public opinion: “a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man.”  -Dean Inge
Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.  -Henry Fielding
Puccini, Giacomo (Italian composer)
Pulsars (stars which emit regular pulses of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation)
Punt (Egyptian: mod. Somalia)
Purus (Latin: cleansed by fire, pure)
Pushkin, Alexandr Sergeyevich (Russian poet)
Pygmy Hog (Assam, Indian; 1 of the WMES)
Pyrrhus (king of Epirus)
Pythagoras (of Samos, Greek philosopher & mathematician)
Pytheas (Greek navigator & astronomer)
Python (monstrous serpent killed by Apollo)
Python, Monty (English comedians John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones & American Terry Gilliam)



Hebrew qoph: eye of the needle (as in, It is easier for a gimel to go through the qoph, then a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  -Matthew 19:24); Arabic qaf; electric charge; blood flow; coulomb; quodques (Latin: each or ever); quantity; quater (qr.), queen, Desmond Llewelyn or John de Lancie.



Qabbalah (Hebrew: receiving doctrine)
Qaddish (Aramaic: holy)
Qt (abbr. quart[s])
Quaalude (methaqualone)
Quack (abbr. quacksalver, Dutch quack-salf: to boast cream)
Quackenbos, John Duncan (American physician)
Quadrant (1 quarter)
Quaequaek (Ojibway: ever turning)
Quagga (Equus quagga quagga, e: 1878)
Quaid; Randy & Denis (American actors)
Quain: Sir Richard, Jones & Richard (Irish physicians)
Qualen, John (Canadian actor)
2:11. Confucius said, “A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others.”
Quant, Mary (British fashion designer)
Quantrill, William Clarke (bloodiest man in American history, American war criminal)
Quantum Theory: energy carrying photons make up electromagnetic radiation.  “Gott wurfeld nicht.”  -Albert Einstein
Quasimodo, Salvatore (Italian poet)
Queneau, Raymond (French writer)
Quetzalcoatl (Aztec, Toltec winged snake god of civilization)
Quick (Biblical: living)
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.”  -Ogden Nash
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas (Q, English writer)
Quincy; Joseph & jr. (American lawyers)
Quintilian (Roman rhetorician)
Quot homines tot sententiae: suo’ quoique mos. -Terence
QUO WARRANTO (Latin: with what right)
Q-value: energy released from a nuclear reaction.



(ar) Arabic ra; Hebrew resh; Greek rho: head (ρ); runic raido: journey, riding, soul after death; Scottish ruis: the alder tree; (molar) gas constant (R); radical; radius; railroad; Regina; registered (trademark); resistance; Rex; right; river; road; rod; roentgen; Rydberg constant or rupee.

Ra (abbr. radium or Egyptian sun god)
Rabelais, Francois (French writer)
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.  -H. G. Wells
Racham (Hebrew: womb or woman)
Rachel, Elisa (French actress)
Rachmaninov, Sergei Vasilyevich (Russian pianist & composer)
Racine, Jean (French playwright) Ce n’est plus une ardeur dans mes veines cachee:
C’est Venus tout entiere a sa proie attachee.
RADAR (abbr. radio detection and ranging)
Radcliffe, Ann (English writer)
Raeburn, Sir Henry (Scottish painter)
Raff, Joseph Joachim (German composer)
Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel (Turkish naturalist)
Raga (Hindi: melody)
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Ragnerok (Norse: apocolyptic winter, eternal Fenris)
Raicleach (Irish: bitch)
Raikes, Robert (English founder of Sunday school)
Raimi, Sam (American director)
Rainey; Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett & William (mother of the blues, Ma, Pa [respectively]; American blues musicians)
Rainier III (prince of Monaco, married Grace Kelly)
Rains, Claude (English actor)
Rais, Gilles de (Bluebeard, French marshal, executed for killing over 130 children)
Raisa, Rosa (Polish prima donna soprano)
Rakoczy; Francis I & II (Hungarian patriots)
Rakoczy; George I, II & Sigismund (princes of Transylvania)
Raleigh, Sir Walter (English writer)
Ramadan (9th month of Muslim calender, spent fasting during the day)
Raman, Sir Chandrasekkhara Venkata (Indian physicist)
Rameau, Jean Philippe (French organist & composer)
Rameses I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI & XII (kings of Egypt)
Ramsay, Allan (Scottish poet)
Ramsay, Allan jr. (Scottish painter, son of Allan)
Ramsay, Sir William (Scottish chemist)
Ramus(io); Petrus & Girolamo (French writers)
Ramusio; Paolo & Paolo Girolamo Gaspare (Venetian translators)
Ran (Norse sea goddess)
Randolph, John (American statesman)
Randolph, Thomas 1st Earl of Moray (Scottish patriot)
Ranjit, Singh (Sikh prince of the Punjab & maharaja)
Ranke, Leopold von (German historian)
Rankin, Jeanette (American feminist, pacifist & 1st woman elected to Congress)
Ransom, John Crowe (American poet & critic)
Rapheal, Santi (Raffaello Sanzio, Italian painter)
Raphus cucullatus (Latin: dodo, e.1660’s)
Rapp, George (German religious leader, founder of the Harmonists)
Rashi (Shlomo Yitzhaki, Salomon Isaacides, French rabbi)
Rask, Rasmus Christian (Danish philologist)
Rasputin, Grigory Yefimovich (Serbian mad monk of Russia)
Rastafarians (Jamaicans who regard Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie as God)
Rathbone, Basil (South African actor)
Rationalism: “In wide sense, revolt of individual reason against authority; in narrower, the attempt to deduce geometrically all knowledge from certain elementary concepts (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz).  Kant denied the validity of this mathematical method; rational concepts to yield new truths must be applied to matter of sense given in experience.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Rauschenberg, Robert (American painter & sculptor)
Ravaillac, Francois (French assassin of Henry IV)
Ravel, Maurice (French composer)
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan (American author)
Rawls, John Bordley (American philosopher)
Ray, Anna Chapin (American author)
Ray, Fred Olen (American director)
Ray, John (father of English natural history)
Ray, Man (American artist)
Ray, Satyajit (Indian director)
Raymond, John T. (O’Brien, American actor)
Rayleigh; John William Strutt 3rd Baron & Robert John Strutt 4th Baron (British physicists)
Rayner, Emma (English author)
Read All About It! (TVO series)
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.  -Samuel Johnson
How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.  -Sir Edward Coke
“The law can only refer to the standards of the reasonable man in order to determine whether any particular relation gives rise to a duty to take care of.”  -Lord MacMillan
Reaumur, Rene Antoine Ferchault de (French physicist & natural scientist)
The Law of Reciprocity: quid pro quo.
Rectification (chemistry: purification of liquid by distillation; mathematics: process for determining the length of a curve; physics: conversion of an alternating into a direct current)
Red Cloud (Sioux chief)
Red Cross (Geneva, 1863)
Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha, Seneca chief)
Red Shirt: “character in a movie who’s going to buy the farm before the end of the credits (Star Trek).”  -Ebionics
Redgrave; Sir Michael Scudamore, Lynn, Vanessa & Corin (British actors)
Redmond, John Edward (Irish politician)
Redon, Odilon (French artist)
Reed, Sir Carol (British director)
Reed, Helen Leah (Canadian author)
Reed, Lou (American rock musician, The Velvet Underground)
Reed, Walter (American physician & bacteriologist)
Reeves, Clara (English writer)
Reeves, Jim (American country musician)
Reeves, John Simms (English Tenor)
Laws of Light Reflection: “1. The incident ray, the reflected ray, and the normal to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence lie in the same plane.  2. The angle between the incident ray and the normal (i.e. the angle of incidence) is equal to the angle between the reflected ray and the normal (i.e. the angle of reflection).”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
Reformer (women’s rights activist [1800s])
Laws of Light Refraction: “1. the incident ray, the refracted ray, and the normal to the surface of seperation of the two media at the point of incidence lie in the same plane.  2. Snell’s law.  The ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction is a constant for any pair of media.” (Willebrord Snell)  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
All reflex action is caused by the spinal cord.
Regnier, Mathurin (French poet)
2:3. Confucius said, “Lead the people with governmental measures and regulate them by law and punishment, and they will avoid wrongdoing but will have no sense of honor and shame.  Lead them with virtue and regulate them by rules of propriety, and they will have a sense of shame and, moreover, set themselves right.”
Rehan, Ada (Crehan, Irish actress)
Reid, Thomas (Scottish philosopher)
Reid, Thomas Mayne (Irish writer, The Headless Horseman)
Reinhardt, Max (Austrian actor, producer & director)
Relationship: “The civilized conversationalist uses this word in public only to describe a seafaring vessel carrying members of his family.”  -Fran Lebowitz
Relativity: “Albert Einstein first published his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905 when he was 27 years of age.  Since then he has extended the theory so as to include gravitation, and this Generalized Theory of Relativity is held to be one of the profoundest achievements of the human mind.  It is fully comprehended only by a small group of specialists, but the basic ideas on which it is built are readily understood.  The theory maintains that motion, direction, and size are relative.  For instance, a draughtsman will draw a line on a piece of paper, and to him the point of his pencil will appear to have moved a straight line, say, twelve inches long.  In the meantime, however, the earth has continued to revolve around the sun.  To an imaginary observer on some distant star, therefore, the pencil point will not move in a straight line, but will move on one curve due to the earth’s spin, and on another due to its rotation round the sun.  The movement and direction of the pencil point evidently depend upon the observer–they are relative.  The theory further maintains that time and space are properties ascribed by men to objects, and that the size and shape of a body depend upon the speed and direction of its movements.  Einstein discredits Newton’s theory of gravitation, maintaining that ‘gravity’ is not a force but a property of space.  Space, according to the theory is curved, and everything that moves through it moves in a curve.  The sun moves around the earth because the space around the sun is so distorted by its presence that the path of least time through space is the one take by the earth.  Since matter distorts space, it follows that a ray of light passing through such distorted space should deviate from a straight line.  This has afforded a means of testing the theory.  During a solar eclipse, stars whose light passed near the sun were photographed.  The predicted deviation was found, thus verifying the Einstein theory.  This was particularly true of the eclipse of 1922.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
A little philosophy inclineth a man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.  -Francis Bacon
I made a little difficulty on the score of difference of religion, but Sheykh Yoosaf, who came up, said he presumed I worshipped God and not stones, and that sincere prayers were good anywhere.  -Lady Duff-Gordon
REM (abbr. rapid eye movement, Roentgen equivalent man or Micheal Stipe vehicle)
Rembrandt, Hermenszoon van Rijn (Dutch painter)
Remington, Frederic (American artist)
Reni, Guido (Italian artist)
Rennie, John (Scottish engineer, London Bridge)
Renoir, Jean (French director, son of Pierre)
Renoir, Pierre Auguste (French painter)
Renwick, James (Scottish preacher)
Resnais, Alain (French director)
Reston, James Barrett (Scotty, Scottish journalist)
And I will give him the morning star.  -Revelation 2:28
Reviresco.  -Maxwell clan motto
Rexroth, Kenneth (American artist)
Reynolds, Sir Joshua (British painter)
Rhadamathus (son of Zeus & Europa, judge of the dead)
Rhea (Greek titan, mother of Zeus)  see Demeter
Rhiannon (daughter of an Otherworld king, queen of Dyfed)
Rhodes, Cecil John (British colonialist; De Beers, …Scholarships)
Rhys, Sir John (Welsh philologist)
“In Ireland, there were three types of king.  The ri or ri tuaaithe was king of a tribe or petty kingdon; the ruiri or ‘great king’ was as well as being a tribal king, the overlord or a number of other tribes and tribal kings.  And above all of these was the ri ruirech, ‘king of overkings.'”  -Michael Lynch
Ribeiro, Bernardim (Portugese poet)
Ribera, Giuseppe (Spanish painter)
Ribera, Jose de (Lo Spagnoletto, Spanish painter)
Riboflavin (Lactoflavin, vitatmin G; vitamin B2, C17H20N4O6)
Rice, Alice Hegan (Caldwell, American author)
“Rice was the only member of his war cabinet whom Bush directly asked for a recommendation of whether to go to war.
“”What do you think?” he asked her a few weeks before.  “Should we do this?”
“”Yes,” she said, “Because it isn’t American credibility on the line, it is the credibility of everybody, that this gangster can yet again beat the international system.””  -Bob Woodward
Richard I, II & III (kings of England)
Richards, Laura Elizabeth (American author)
Richardson, Henry Hobson (American architect)
Richardson, Sir Ralph David (British actor)
Richepin, Jean (French writer)
L’embarras des richesses.  -Abbe D’Allainval
Richler, Mordecai (Canadian author)
Richman, Jonathan (American rock musician, The Modern Lovers)
Richmond, Grace S. (American author)
Richthofen, Manfred Baron Von (the Red Baron, German airman)
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon (Eddie, American airman)
Ride, Sally (1st American woman in space)
Riefenstahl, Leni (German director & photographer)
Riel, Louis (Prophet of the New World, Metis leader, founder of Manitoba, executed by John A MacDonald’s Canadian government)
Riemann, Georg Friedrich Bernhard (German mathematician)
Rifkin, Jeremy (American economist)
Rigg, Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth (English actress)
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or moral, is no sufficient warrant.  -John Stuart Mill
Rig Veda “In terms of this central myth, creation proceeded when Indra, the champion of the celestial gods, slew a serpent demon, Vritra, who enclosed the waters and the sun requisite for human life.  When Indra split open the belly of this demon the essentials of creation–moisture, heat, light–were released and cosmic order (rita) was established under the administration of the god Varuna.  Gods and men then had specific functions (vrata) to perform in accordance with this cosmic order.  After death those individuals who had fulfilled their obligations under the cosmic order went to a heavenly realm presided over by Yama, the first mortal.  Two mythical dogs guarded the righteous on the path to this region, but sinful were fettered and, unprotected, fell prey to various demons.”  Sources of Indian Tradition, Wm. Theodore de Bary.
Riis, Jacob Augustus (Danish journalist & reformer)
Riley, James Whitcomb (American poet)
Rilke, Rainer Maria (Czech poet)
Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur (French poet)
Rinehart, Mary Roberts (American author)
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife.
Ring out the Christ that is to be.  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ringling; Charles, Albert, Otto, Alfred & John (American showmen)
Riopelle, Jean-Paul (Canadian painter)
Ristori, Adelaide (Italian actress)
Ritchie, Anna Cora Mowatt (American actress & poet)
Ritschl, Albrecht (German theologian & philosopher)
Ritter, John (American actor)
You must build your House of Parliament upon the river: so…that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down around you.  -Duke of Wellington
Rivera, Diego (Mexican artist)
Rivers, Larry (American artist)
Rives, Amelie (American writer & princess)
Rizal, Jose (Filipino martyr)
RMS (abbr. root mean square)
RNA (abbr. ribonucleic acid)
Roach, Max (American jazz musician)
Robbe-Grillet, Alain (French novelist)
Robbins, Jerome (American choreographer)
Robert I, II & III (Scottish kings [Bruce])
Robert II (the Pious, king of France)
Roberts, Sir Charles George Douglas (Canadian writer)
In the wide awe and wisdom of the night
I saw the round world rolling on its way,
Beyond significance of depth or height,
Beyond the interchange of dark and day.
I marked the march to which is set no pause,
And that stupendous orbit, round whose rim
The great sphere sweeps, obedient unto laws
That utter the eternal thought of Him.
I compassed time, outstriped the starry speed,
And in my still soul apprehended space,
Till, weighing laws which these but blindly heed,
At last I came before Him face to face–
And knew the Universe of no such span
As the august infinitude of Man.
Robertson, Alice May (American Congresswoman)
Robeson, Paul (American actor & singer)
Robins, Elizabeth (American actress & author)
Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt (American author)
Robinson, Edward G. (Emmanuel Goldberg, Romanian actor)
Robinson, Edwin Arlington (American poet)
Robinson, Jack Roosevelt (Jackie, American baseball player)
Robinson, Sugar Ray (Walker Smith, American boxer)
Robson, Mark (Canadian director)
Robson, May (Australian actress)
Roche, Mazo de la (Canadian novelist)
Rochester, John Wilmot 2nd Earle of (British poet)
Rockefeller; John Davison, jr., III, IV Nelson, Lawrence, Winthrop & David (American philanthropists)
Roderic (Last of the Goths, Visigoth king of Spain)
Rodgers; John & jr. (American naval officers)
Rodgers, Richard Charles (American composer)
Rodin, Francois Auguste Rene (French sculptor)
Roebling; John Auustus & Washington Augustus (American bridge builders)
Roentgen, Wilhelm Konrad (German physicist)
Roethke, Theodore (American poet)
Rogers, Fred (American saint)
Rogers, Ginger (Virginia McMath, American actress)
Rogers, Samuel (English poet)
Roget, Peter Mark (British philologist)
Rohmer, Richard (Canadian major-general)
Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more;
Si fueris alibi, vivito sicut ibi.  -Saint Ambrose
Romanus I, II, III & IV (Byzantine emperors)
Romero, George A. (American director)
Rommel, Erwin (the Desert Fox, German general)
Romulus & Remus (twin sons of Mars & Rhea Silvia, suckled by a wolf, founders of Rome)
Romulus Augustus (Roman emperor)
Ronald, William (Canadian painter)
Ronsard, Pierre de (French poet)
Rorschach, Hermann (Swiss psychiatrist)
Rosa, Salvator (Italian artist)
Rose, Billy (America showman & songwriter)
War of the Roses (York/Lancaster)
Rosh (Hebrew: head)
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: head [beginning] of the year)
Rosmini-Serbati, Antonio (Italian philosopher)
Ross, Betsy Griscom (designer of the American flag)
“It would be insulting the feelings and commonsense of right-thinking persons to ask if this is a fair and legal treatment of the poor.  The injustice is so palpable, the inhumanity so great, that one can scarcely find language sufficiently strong to condemn it!”  -Donald Ross
Ross; Sir James Clark & Sir John (British explorers)
Rossellini, Roberto (Italian director)
Rossetti; Christina Georgian, Dante Gabriel & William Michael (English writers, children of Gabrielle)
Rossini, Gioacchino Antonio (Italian composer)
Rostand, Edmond (French writer)
Rostropovich, Mstislav Leopoldovich (Russian cellist)
Rothier, Leon (French basso)
Rothko, Mark (Marcus Rothkovich, American painter)
Rotrou, Jean de (French poet)
Rousseau, Henri (Le Douanier, French painter)
Rousseau, Jean Jacques (French philosopher)  L’homme est ne’ libre, et partout il est dans les fers.  “Rousseau challenges the legitimacy of virtually every social institution, as well as individual controls of property and wealth.  These are “usurpations … established only on a precarious and abusive right … having been acquired only by force, force could not take them away without [the rich] having grounds for complaint.”  Not even property acquired by personal industry is held “upon better titles.”  Against such a claim, one might object: “Do you not know that a multitude of your brethren die or suffer form need of what you have in excess, and that you needed express and unanimous consent of the human race to appropriate to yourself anything from common subsistence that exceeded you own?”  It is contrary to the law of nature that “a handful of men be glutted with superfluities while the starving multitude lacks necessities.””  -Noam Chomsky
Royden, Agnes Maude (English minister)
RSVP (abbr. repondez s’il vous plait)
Rua (Irish: red-haired, also ruafholtach)
Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish painter)
Rubinstein, Artur (Polish pianist)
Rudolph (1st Hapsburg king of the Romans)
Rudolph II (Austrian emperor)
Ruisdael, Jacob van (Dutch painter)
Ruiz, Juan (Spanish poet)
Rule, Jane (American writer)
Rumi (Persian poet)
Rundstedt, Karl Rudolf Gerd von (German general)
Runeberg, Johan Ludwig (Swedish poet)
Runkle, Bertha (American author)
RuPaul (Andre Charles, American drag queen & super star)
Rush, Benjamin (American physician, politician, author & educator)
Ruskin, John (English art critic)
Russell, Annie (Canadian actress)
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William 3rd Earl (British philosopher)
Russell, George W. (A. E., Irish poet)
Russell, Lillian (American singer)
Ruth, George Herman (Babe, American baseball player)
Rutherford, Sir Ernest 1st Baron (British physicist)
Rutherford, Dame Margaret (British actress)
Ruysdael, Jakob Van (Dutch painter)
Ryan, Claude (Canadian activist, journalist & politician)
Ryan, Mara Ellis (Martin, American author)


(es) Hebrew samekh: 15th letter, 60;  seen: 21st letter, Greek sigma (Σ): tooth; China; or sade; Arabic sin or sad; runic sowelo: life force, love & poetic justice, wholeness, the sun; Irish sail: the willow tree; chemistry: sulphur; entropy (S); siemens; second; south; school; sea; small; son or strangeness.

Saadawi, Nawal el (Egyptian doctor & feminist)
Saccharin (C6H4SO2CONH, white crystalline solid)
Sachs, Michael (German rabbi)
Sackville-West, Victoria Mary (Vita, English author)
Sa’Di, Sheikh Muslih Addin (Persian poet)
Saecula Saeculorum (Latin: world without end)
Sagan, Carl (American astronomer & writer)
Sugako, Kanno (Japanese anarchist & feminist)
Sahl, Mort (Canadian comedian)
Saint John (New Brunswick)
Saint John’s (Newfoundland)
Saint Laurent, Yves (French fashion designer)
Sainte-Marie, Buffy (Indigenous Canadian/American artist)
Buffy Sainte Marie Native Indigenous Web
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de (French airman & writer)
Saint-Saens, Charles Camille (French composer & critic)
Sakhi (Hindu: the love messenger)
Saladin, Salah-Ed-Din-Yus-Suf-Ibn-Ayub (Kurdish general & sultan of Egypt & Syria)
Salam (Arabic: peace)
Salicylic acid (OH.C6H4COOH; white crystalline solid, derivative in aspirin)
Salieri, Antonio (Italian composer)
Salinger, Jerome David (American writer)
Salk, Jonas Edward (American writer)
The Salvation Army (founded in London, 1862 by William Booth as the Christian Mission)
Salvini, Tommaso (Italian actor)
Samael (Hebrew: poison angel)
Sameem (Hebrew: drugs)
Samhain (end of summer, November)
Samurai (Japanese: warrior)
SANCTUM REGNUM: to know, to dare, to will, and to keep silence.
Sand, George (Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Madame Dudevant; French writer)  “…she does smoke all the time her little cigarette.  This is now a common practice among ladies abroad, but I believe it started with her.”  -Sarah Fuller
Sanders, Ed (American artist, The Fugs, author of The Family [Manson], and publisher of Fuck You magazine)
Sands, Bobby (Irish revolutionary)
Sandwich, John Montagu 4th Earl of (British gambler)
Sanger, Margaret Higgins (American nurse)
Sankara, Acharya (Hindu philosopher)
Sankraku, Kano (Japanese artist)
Santayana, George (Spanish philosopher & poet)
Santley, Sir Charles (English baritone)
Sapir, Edward (American anthropologist & linguist)
Sappho (Greek poet of Lesbos)
Sarah (Hebrew goddess of the Asir highlands)
Sarcophagus (Greek: flesh eater)
Sardanapalus (last Assyrian king)
Sargent, John Singer (American painter)
Sarkasmos (Greek: sarcasm, from sarkazein: to tear flesh)
Sarrazin, Michael (Canadian actor)
Sarto, Andrea Del (d’Agnolo, Flourentine painter)
Sartre, Jean-Paul (French philosopher & writer)
Sassoon, Siegfried (British soldier & writer)
Satie, Erik (Alfred Erik Leslie-Satie, French composer)
Saturday (day of saturn)
Satyagraha (Hindi: passive resistance) see Karamchand.
Saul (1st king of Israel)
Sanders, Bernard (American senator)
Saunders, Jennifer (English comedian; French & Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous)
Sauvastika: an inverted swastika.
Savage, Anne (Canadian painter)
Sawyer, Ruth (American author)
Sayers, Dorothy Leigh (British writer)
Scarborough, Dorothy (American author & educator)
Scarlatti; Alessandro & Domenico (Italian composers)
Scarron, Paul (French writer)
Schadow; Johann Gottfried, Rudolph & Friedrich Wilhelm (German artists)
Schema (Greek: form)
Scheele, Karl Wilhelm (Swedish apothecary)
Scheffel, Joseph Viktor Von (German writer)
Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von (German philosopher)
Schiaparelli, Elsa (Italian fashion designer)
Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von (German writer)
Schlagintweit; Adolf, Edward, Emil & Hermann (German science explorers)
Schlesinger; Arthur Meier & jr. (American historians)
Schlesinger, John Richard (British director)
Schnitzler, Arthur (Austrian writer)
Schonberg, Arnold (Austrian composer)
Schopenhauer, Arthur (German philosopher, founder of modern pessimism)
Schreiner, Olive (South African author)
Schubert, Franz Peter (Austrian composer)
Schumann, Robert Alexander (German composer)
Shumann-Heink, Ernstine (Austrian opera singer)
Schwann, Theodor (German anatomist & physiologist)
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah (American writer)
Science: “it’s goal is the destruction of mystery.”  -B. F. Skinner
“Science fiction is the contemporary fairy tale, it’s the twentieth-century morality play.  At its worst, it’s merely romantic escapism; but at its best, it is the postulation of an alternate reality with which to contemplate this one.”  -David Gerrold
Sconser: “A person who looks around them when talking to you, to see if there’s anyone more interesting about.”  -The Book of Liff
Scorsese, Martin (American director)
Scot, Michael (Scottish philosopher)
Scoti (Latin: Irish people)
Scott, Dred (American slave)
Scott, Sir Walter (Scottish poet)
Scott, William Bell (Scottish artist & poet)
Scotti, Antonio (Italian baritone)
“Why are all things in Scots designated by the least romantic sound the mouth can encompass?  Scottish vocabulary is like a fifth column operating within the sonorous pomposity of English, full of renegade plosives and gutturals that love to dismantle pretensions.  It’s English in its underwear.”  -William McIlvanney
Scruggs, Earl (American banjo player)
Scruple (1/24 of Troy ounce [1.1 ounces avoirdupois])
SCTV (abbr. Second City Television; Canadian & American comedians Joe Flaherty, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Eugene Levy & Harold Ramis)
Scudder, Janet (American sculptor)
Scudery, Madeleine de (French precieuse novelist)
Sea Horses (females plant their eggs into the male’s abdomen, which he watches, well after hatching)
Seamus (Irish: James)
Seawell, Molly Eliot (American author)
Sebastian (king of Portugal)
Sebastiano Del Piombo (Italian painter)
Sedgwick, Anne Douglas (American author)
Sedna (discovered in 2003, just past Pluto)
Segre, Emilio Gino (Italian physicist)
Seinfeld, Jerry (American comedian)
Selene (Greek: the moon or Phoebe, goddess of the moon, daughter of Hyperion)
Selenology: the study of the moon.
Selim (the Ferocious, sultan of Turkey)
Selkirk, Alexander (Scottish sailer, Robinson Crusoe)
Sellar, Gordon (Canadian brigadier-general & soldier, Calgary Highlanders, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, 2nd Canadian Highland Battalion, 2nd & 1st Battalions, Black Watch of Canada)
Sellars, Peter (British comedian)
Semele (mother of Dionysus)
Semen (Latin: seed)
Semiramis (queen of Assyria)
Seneca; Marcus Annaeus & Lucius Annaeus (the Elder, the Younger [respectively]; Roman writers)
Sennacherib (king of Assyria)
Sensate Society: “defined most eloquently by Pitirim Sorokin in his incisive treatise The Crisis of Our Age, written in 1941, is oriented to the concept that the only true reality and value is sensory.  That which has reality and value must be heard, smelled, touched, tasted or otherwise physically perceived.  The ineluctable consequenses of this philosophy are the ascendancy of hendonism and of selfish materialism, the here and now predominating over goal-directed behaviour or deferred gratification.  This in itself creates problems.  Sir Thomas Brown noted, ‘The race of delight is short.’  To maintain the pleasure principle, one thrill must replace another in unceasing succession.  In a society in which the aquisition of wealth and power are far more important than the means by which these are achieved, in a culture for which sensory and physical pleasures are more important than ideals or constructive activity, it is inevitable that where drugs become freely available they will form an intrinsic part of the search for kicks, or as it is more euphemistically entitled, the cult of experience.”  -Donald B. Louria, M.D., president of the New York State Council on Drug Addiction.
Sennett, Mack (Mikhail Sinnott, Canadian director, producer & actor)
Seppuku (Japanese: to cut open the stomach)
September (7th month)
Serao, Matilde (Italian novelist)
Seratonin: neurotransmitter (LSD, E, anti-depressants)
Servetus, Michaelis (Miguel Serveto, Spanish physician & martyr)
Service, Robert William (English poet)
Servius Tullius (6th king of Rome)
Sesshiu (Japanese artist)
Seton, Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley (American founder of the 1st Catholic free school, a women’s college & the Sisters of Charity)
Seumas (Scottish: James)
Seurat, Georges Pierre (French pointillist painter)
Severus, Lucius Septimius (Roman emperor)
Sexsmith, Ron (Canadian folk musician)
Sexton, Anne (American poet)
Shaday (Hebrew: God)
Shadayeem (Hebrew: women’s breasts)
Shafik, Doria (Egyptian feminist, philosopher, poet & editor)
Shaft (Richard Roundtree)
Shah Jehan (emperor of Delhi, built Taj Mahal)
Shahn, Benjamin (Lithuanian artist)
Shaitan (Hebrew: challenger)
Shakespeare, William (English poet)
Shakes the Clown (Bobcat Goldthwait)
Shakhar (Hebrew: dawn, truth)
Shalom aleichem (Hebrew: peace be with you)
Shamash (Babylonian sun god, administer of justice & giver of laws)
Shandling, Gary (American comedian)
Shankar, Ravi (Indian sitar player)
Shapur (king of Persia)
Sharp, Elizabeth Amelia (English poet)
Sharp, Mitchell (Canadian minister)
Sharp, William (Fiona Macleod, Scottish writer)
Shatner, William (Canadian actor, Kirk) see Star Trek
Shaw, Anna Howard (American Methodist pastor)
Shaw, Artie (Arthur Arshawsky, American jazz musician)
Shaw, George Bernard (British writer)
Shearer, Norma (The First Lady of the Screen, Canadian actress)
Shelley, Mary (English writer)
Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listen then–as I am listening now.  -Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sheol (Hebrew: hell)
Shepard, Alan Bartlett jr. (American Mercury astronaut)
Sheraton, Thomas (British furniture designer)
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Henry (Irish dramatist & MP)
Shih (Chinese: begining; fact; near; power; reality; ruler; to depend; to know)
Shin (Hebrew: tooth)
Shinto (Japanese: the way of the gods)
Shishak (king of Egypt)
Shiva (Hindu: the Destroyer, Mahesvara, Sanskrit siva: auspicious)
SHF (abbr. super high frequency, 3000-30 000 megahertz)
SHM (abbr. simple harmonic motion)
Sholem Aleichem (Sholem Yakov Rabinowitz, Russian writer)
Sholes, Christopher Latham (American inventor of the typewriter)
Shostakovitch, Dmitri Dmitrievich (Russian composer)
Shu (Chinese: altruism; number; truth; statecraft)
Shuster, Frank (Canadian comedian, Wayne & Shuster)
SI (abbr. silicon or Systeme international d’unites)
Sibelius, Jean Julius Christian (Finnish composer)
Siddons, Sarah Kemble (English actress)
Sidney, Sir Philip (English poet)
Sienkiewicz, Henryk (Polish novelist)
Sigismund (Holy Roman emperor)
Sigismund I & II (kings of Poland)
Sigismund III (king of Poland & Sweden)
Sigourney, Lydia Huntley (American poet)
Sigurdsson, Jon (Icelandic writer & politician)
Sihanouk, Samdech Preah Norodom (king of Cambodia)
Siliman, Benjamin & jr. (American chemists)
Sillitoe, Alan (British novelist)
Sills, Beverly (Belle Silverman, American coloratura soprano)
Silpa (Hindi: art)
Silverman, Robert A. (Canadian actor)
Silveira, Lucas (Toronto musician, first openly transgender man to have signed with a major record label)
Simenon, Georges Joseph Christian (Belgian writer)
Simon, Marvin Neil (American playwright)
Simply Saucer (Hamilton band) see Breau
Simpson, Sir James Young (Scottish physician)
Sinatra, Francis Albert (American singer)
Sinclair, May (English novelist)
Sine: “the ratio of the side opposite a given acute angle in a right triangle to the hypotenuse.”  -Webster’s New World Dictionary
Singer, Isaac Bashevis (Polish writer)
Singh, Jagmeet Dwaliwal (Canadian MP, leader of the NDP)
Singh, Rahul (Canadian founder of GlobalMedic)
Singmaster, Elsie (American author)
Sinister (Latin: left)
Sinn Fein (Irish: we ourselves, political branch of IRA)
Siqueiros, David Alfaro (Mexican artist)
Sisley, Alfred (French impressionist painter)
Sisyphus (king of Corinth condemned forever to roll a huge stone up a mountain)
Sithean (Scottish: house of the fairies)
Sitting Bull (Sioux chief)
Sitwell; Dame Edith Louisa & Sir Osbert (British writers)
Six Internal Enemies (Hindu: lust, anger, avarice, delusion, pride & envy)
Skaggs, Ricky (American bluegrass musician)
Skeat, Walter William (English philologist)
Skinner, Burrhus Frederic (American psychologist)
Slint (Louisville band)
Sloan (Halifax band)
Sloan, John French (American artist)
Smart, Christopher (English poet)
Smart, Elizabeth (Canadian poet)
Smellie, William (Scottish printer & scientist, Encyclopedia Britannica)
Smetana, Bedrich (Czech composer)
Smith, Adam (Scottish economist & philosopher)
Smith, Alexis (Canadian actress)
Smith, Bessie (the Empress of the Blues, American jazz singer)
Smith; Horace & James (English writers)
Smith, Margaret Chase (1st woman to serve both the House & US Senate)
Smith, William (father of English geology)
Smilodon (Latin: sabre-tooth tiger)
Smog (Bill Callahan)
Smollett, Tobias George (Scottish novelist)
Smur (Scottish: depression)
Snake Handlers (Luke 16:15)
Snow, Charles Percy Baron (British novelist)
“Socialists are committed to the belief that we are not condemned to live in a society based on greed, envy, and hate.  I know of no way to prove that they are right, but there are also no grounds for the common belief that they must be wrong.”  -Noam Chomsky
Socrates (Greek philosopher)
Sodium chloride (NaCl, salt)
Solomon (king of Israel)
Laws are like spider webs: if some poor weak creature come against them, it is caught; but a bigger one can break through and get away.  -Solon
Somnambulism: sleep walking.
Sondheim, Stephen (American composer)
The moving accident is not my trade;
To freeze the blood I have no ready arts:
‘Tis my delight, alone in summer shade,
To pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.  -William Wordsworth
Sophia (Greek: wisdom)
Sophistes (Greek: philosopher)
Sophocles  (Greek poet)
Sophos (Greek: wise)
Sophrosyne (Greek: discretion)
The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.
Sosen, Mori (Japanese artist)
Southey, Robert (English writer)
Southworth, Emma Dorothy Eliza (American novelist)
Soutine, Chaim (Lithuanian artist)
Souza-Botelho, Adelaide Filleul Countess de (French writer)
“The quality of space is to give room, of dharma to cause motion, of adharma to cause rest.  The quality of time is to roll on, of the self, awareness.  You should know, in short, that all these qualities are formless.  Souls aggregates of matter, dharma, adharma, and space contain innumerable dimensional points, but time has no dimensional points.  Space is both in the universe and in that which is beyond it.  Dharma and adharma extend throughout the universe only; likewise time, because it depends on the other two substances, these other substances being souls and matter.  As the dimensional points of space, so are the dimensional points of substances.  The atom has no dimensional point, but hence is explained the development of dimensional points.  But a moment has no dimensional point.  It occurs when a substance with a single dimension point crosses a dimensional point of space.  A moment is equal to the time taken for an atom to move.  What lies before and after that moment is time. The moment originates and perishes.  The space occupied by an atom is called a dimensional point.  It can find room for all atoms.  One, two, many, innumerable or infinite are the dimensional points contained by substances, as are the moments of their duration.”  -Pravacanasara
Space-Time: “(1915) 1. a system of one temporal and three spatial coordinates by which any physical object or event can be located–called also space-time continuum  2. the whole or portion of physical reality determinable by a four-dimensional coordinate system; also: the properties characteristic of such an order”  -Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
Spare, Austin Osman (English painter, member of the Order of the Golden Dawn, formulated Atavistic Resurgence & the Alphabet of Desire)
Specchio m. (Italian: mirror, synopsis, main, surface or line)
Specio (Latin: look)
Specialization: “is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the ‘expert’ is fooled into accepting his slavery by making him feel that in return he is a socially and culturally preferred, ergo, highly secure, lifelong position.”  -R. Buckminster Fuller
Spect (Latin: at)
Specter, Phil (American producer, Wall of Sound)
Speedball: cocaine mixed with heroin.
All for love, and nothing for reward.  -Edmund Spencer
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.  -Herbert Spencer
Spencer, Edmund (English poet)
Spermaceti (mostly cetyl palmitate, C15H31COOC16H33; taken from the heads of sperm whales for making soap & cosmetics)
Spielberg, Steven (American director)
Spillane, Mickey (American author)
Spinoza, Baruch (Benedict de, Dutch philosopher)
Spital of Glenshee: “That which has to be cleaned off castle floors in the morning after a bagpipe contest or vampire attack.”  -The Book of Liff
Spock (Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, &c)
Spofford, Harriet Prescott (American writer)
Spohr, Ludwig (German violinist & composer)
Spoon, Rae (Canadian musician)
Sporran (Scottish: purse that hangs from the front of  a kilt’s belt)
Sr (abbr. steradian, strontium or senior)
SS (abbr. single skinner, scilicet, steamship or German: Schutzstaffel)
Ssu (Chinese: thought; to die)
Stael, Madame de (Anne Louise Germaine, Baronne de Stael-Holstein; French novelist)
Staley, Layne (American junky & rock musician; Alice in Chains, Mad Season)
Stalling, Carl (American composer)
Stanislaus I & II (kings of Poland)
Stanley; Carter & Ralph (American country musicians)
Stannard, Mrs. Henrietta Eliza Vaughan (John Strange Winter, English novelist)
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady (American feminist)
Stanton, Harry Dean (American actor)
Star Fish (5 pointed echinoderms)
Star Trek (Gene Roddenberry)
Star Wars (George Lucas, Ronald Reagan [Strategic Defense Initiative])
Starr, Belle (the Bandit Queen, American outlaw)
Starr, Frances (American actress)
Starr, Ringo (Richard Starkey, English rock musician)
Stasis (Greek: revolution)
“That state is a state of Slavery in which a man does what he likes to do in his spare time and in his working time that which is required of him.”  -Eric Gill
STD (abbr. subscriber trunk dialing or sexually transmitted disease)
Steckler, Ray Dennis (American director)
Steel, Flora Annie (English novelist)
Steele, Sir Richard (Irish writer)
Steen, Jan (Dutch painter)
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur (Canadian explorer)
Steffens, Joseph Lincoln (American journalist)
Stein, Gertrude (American writer)
Steinbeck, John Ernst (American novelist)
Steinberg, David (Canadian comedian)
Steinberg, Saul (Romanian illustrator)
Steinem, Gloria (American feminist)
Steiner, Rudolf (Austrian philosopher)
Steinmetz, Charles Proteus (German electrical engineer & inventor)
Stella, Frank Philip (American painter)
Stellar’s Sea Cow (e.1768)
Stephen (king of England)
Stephen (king of Hungary)
Stephen, Bathori (prince of Transylvania & king of Poland)
Stephens, Alice Barber (American artist)
Stephens, James (Irish poet)
Stephens, James (Irish revolutionary)
Stephens, Jason (Canadian comics artist & writer, Sin)
Stephenson; George & Robert (British engineers, the former invented the locomotive)
Stern, Isaac (Russian violinist)
Sternberg, Josef von (Austrian director)
Sterne, Lawrence (English novelist & clergyman)
Stettinius, Edward Reilly jr. (American businessman & public official)
Stevens, Wallace (American poet)
Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour (British writer)
Stewart, James Maitland (American actor)
Stewart, Jon (American comedian, The Daily Show)
Stewart, Leroy Elliot (Slam, American jazz musician)
Stieglitz, Alfred (American photographer)
Stilboestrol ([HO.C6H4.C.C2H5:)2, white crystalline organic, used for oestrogen)
Still, Andrew Taylor (American founder of osteopathy)
Stiller; Ben & Jerry (American comedians)
Stirling, James (Scottish mathematician)
Stirling, James Hutchison (Scottish philosopher)
Stirling, William Alexander Earl of (Scottish statesman & writer)
Stockhausen, Karlheinz (German composer)
The Stoics: “followers of an Athenian school of philosophy name from the stoa, ‘porch,’ in which its founder, Zeno of Citium in Cyprus, c. 300 B.C., taught.  His successors were Cleanthes and Chrysippus, the latter of whom consolidated its doctrines.  Later Panaetius of Rhodes, c. 140 B.C. initiated a more moderate phase of Stoic teaching.  Of all Gr. schools Stoicism was most congenial to the Roman temper, and among its most famous names are those of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius.  Like Epicureanism, Stoicism is essentially a practical philosophy, the source of its ethics being the ideal of the wise man after the pattern of Socrates, who perceives that the true good of man lies not in outward objects, but in the state of the soul itself–in that knowledge or wisdom by which he is delivered from the passions and desires that perturb the life of the ordinary man.  The early Stoics had a good deal of the Cynic harshness or view, but more rigid dualisms were gradually modified, until life of Stoic virtue was able to adapt itself tolerably well to the necessities of its environment.  Stoics regarded the universe as a rational, though material, whole, and were opposed to the crude atomism of the Epicureans.  Stoicism of the latest or Roman period was characterized by its strongly practical and religious tendency, as in the Discourses and Encheiridion of Epictetus, and the Thoughts or Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Stoker, Bram (Irish novelist)
Stone, I. F. (American journalist)
Stone, Lucy Blackwell (founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association)
The Stone of Scone (Stone of Destiny, stolen by Edward I [Hammer of the Scots] in 1296; briefly returned to Scotland on Christmas, 1950 [Gavin Vernon, Ian Hamilton, Kay Mathieson & Alan Stuart]; then permanently in 1996)
Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth Beecher (American novelist)
STP (abbr. scientifically treated petroleum, sanctae theologiae professor, standard temperature & pressure or Stone Temple Pilots)
Stopes, Marie Charlotte Carmichael (British scientist & birth control advocate)
Stoppard, Tom (Czech playwright)
Stradivari, Antonio (Italian violin maker)
Strange Nursery (Toronto band)
Strasberg, Lee (Austrian theatrical director & teacher, inventor of the method)
Strauss, Johann & Johann (the Elder & the Younger, Austrian composers)
Strauss, Richard (German composer)
Stravinksy, Igor Fedorovich (Russian composer)
Striapach (Irish: bitch)
Strindberg, Johan August (Swedish writer)
Stroheim, Erich von (Austrian director & actor)
Strummer, Joe (British rock musician, The Clash)  Know your rights.
Strychnine (C21H22N2O2, white crystalline alkaloid found in the seeds of Strychnos nux vomica)
Stuart; James Francis Edward & Charles Edward (the Old Pretender, the Young Pretender [respectively]; descendants of James II)
Stubbs, George (English artist)
Styx (river in Hades)
Sucellos (Good Striker, Celtic sun god)
Suckling, Sir John (English writer)
Sue, Eugene (French novelist)
Suffrage: the right to vote.
Sugar (cane): (Sucrose, saccharose; disaccharide)
Suleiman (sultan of Turkey)
Sullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (British composer)
Sullivan, John Lawrence (American boxer)
Sullivan, Louis Henri (Father of Modernism, American architect)
Sully-Prudhomme, Rene Francois Armand (French poet)
Sumpathes (Greek: sharing in emotion)
Sumpotes (Greek: fellow-drinker) root of mod. English symposium.
Sunday (day of the sun)
Sun Records (signed Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins)
Sunthesis (Greek: construction)
Superbia (Latin: pride)
Superman (Jerry Seigel & Joe Shuster; Christopher Reeves)
Super Powers: the USA (& formerly the USSR)
Surrey, Henry Howard Earl of (English poet)
Sutherland; Donald & Keifer (Canadian actors)
Sutherland, Joan (Australian coloratura soprano)
Suttner, Bertha Von Baroness (Austrian writer)
SU3 (unitary symmetry)
Suzuki, Dr. David Takayoshi (Canadian environmentalist & geneticist)
Swanson, Gloria (American actress)
Swastika (Sanskrit: welfare)
“Sweater: a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly.”  -Alma Denny
Swedenborg, Emanuel (Swedish scientist, philosopher & founder of the New Jerusalem Church)
Sweyn (king of Denmark)
Swift, Jonathan (Irish writer)
Swinburne, Algernon Charles (British writer)
Swiss Free Church (founded by Alexandre Rudolphe Vinet)
Synapse: the connection between 2 neurons.
Synge, John Millington (Irish writer)
Szell, George (Hungarian conductor)
Szilard, Leo (Hungarian physicist)



(te) A drink with jam and bread; Arabic ta; Hebrew tet: 9; Greek tau: 22nd letter, 400, mark; runic tewaz: warrior, victory, Tiw; Irish teine; thermodynamic temperature; tritium; tesla; perfectly; surface tension; tablespoon; tempo; tenor; territory; time; tons; top or troy.

Mr. T (Lawrence Tureaud)
Qui vit sans tabac n’est pas digne de vivre.  -Moliere
Tabobandung (Ojibway: he who sees far)
Tachyons (theoretical particles that travel faster than the speed of light)
Tacitus, Marcus Claudius (Roman emperor)
Tae (Scottish: to)
Tagaq, Tanya (Inuk Canadian throat singer & artist)
Tagore, Sir Rabindranath (Indian writer & philosopher)
Ta-hsueh (Chinese: great learning, for the adult or the great man)
Takamine, Jokichi (Japanese chemist)
Takei, George (American actor, Sulu)  see Star Trek.
Talaat Pasha (grand vizier of Turkish empire)
Talia (sleeping beauty)
Taliessin (Welsh: shining brow, Welsh poet adopted by prince Elphin mab Qwyddno)
Talmud (old rabbinic texts, the Mishna & the Gemara; Palestinian & Babylon)
Tandy, James Napper (Irish politician)
Tanguy, Yves (French surrealist painter)
Tannahill, Robert (Scottish writer & weaver)
Tanner, Henry Ossawa (American artist)
Tanner, James Gideon (Gid … and his Skillet Lickers, American country fiddle player)
Tantalus (king of Argos, son of Zeus)
Tantalus (king of Corinth)
Tantalus (king of Lydia)
Tao (Chinese: the path, the Way)
Tapscott, Don (Canadian adjunct professor) We need to rebuild most of our institutions — like government.
Tarbell, Ida Minerva (American editor & writer)
Tarkington, Newton Booth (American author)
Tarpan (e.1900)
Tarquinius Superbus, Lucius (7th king of Rome)
Tartini, Giuseppe (Italian violinist & composer)
Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land, discovered by Abel Janzoon Tasman)
Tasmanian Wolf (tiger, e.1933)
Tate, Allen (American writer)
Tatum, Art (American jazz pianist)
Tauroparthenos (Greek: the virgin dedicated to the bull)
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.  -Samuel Johnson
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.  -Edmund Burke
Taxation and representation are inseperable… whatever is a man’s own, is absolutely his own; no man hath the right to take it from him without his consent either expressed by himself or representative.  -Charles Pratt, Lord Camden
Taxation: “The only purpose of this unpleasant business is to pay for the services the citizenry require, which means taxing a sufficient percentage of the total wealth found in the state.”  -John Ralston Saul
“When Obama declares a pay freeze for federal workers, that’s actually a tax on federal workers.  It comes to the same thing, and, of course, this is right at the time we say that we can’t raise taxes on the very rich.  Take the last agreement where the Republicans claimed, “We already gave up tax increases.”  Take a look what happened.  Raising the payroll tax, which is a tax on working people, is much more of a tax increase than raising taxes on the super-rich, but that passed quietly because we don’t look at those things.”  -Noam Chomsky
“Governments that charge illegal taxes are required to pay back the money, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled yesterday in a decision that could put governments on the book for hundreds of millions of dollars.
“The court unanimously concluded that governments are not immune to repaying citizens who have been illegally tapped to pad government coffers by being charged user fees that are effectively another tax.
“By law, taxes can only be posed by Parliament and legislaturaes.  Taxes disguised as user fees violate the sacred constitution principle of no taxation without representation, said the ruling.”  -Janice Tibbets, Tbe Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 12, 2006
Taylor; Clavie & Foster (Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers, American country musicians )
Taylor, Elizabeth (English actress)
Taylor, Laurette (American actress)
Taylor, Mary Imlay (American author)
Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich (Russian composer)
Tchekov, Anton Paulovich (Russian writer)
Teach, Edward (Blackbeard, English pirate)
Teagarden, Jack (American jazz trombonist)
Teasdale, Sara (American author)
Techne (Greek: art)
Technocrat: “A word which means what it says, but perhaps not as we normally understand it.”  -John Ralston Saul
Technology: “Inanimate, passive material which is not science.”  -John Ralston Saul
Tecumseh (Shawnee chief)
Tegner, Esaias (Swedish writer)
Teleios (Greek: complete)
Telemachus (son of Odysseus)
Tellez, Gabriel (Tirso De Molina, Spanish dramatist)
Telos (Greek: end)
Temperature check (consensus call for hand signals on topic)
10/4 (radio: yes, I understand; also copy, roger & affirmative)
Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle-flags were furl’d
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Tereshkova, Valentina Vladimirovna (Валентина Владимировна Терешкова, Russian astronaut, 1st woman in space)
Terpsichore (Greek muse of dance)
Terrorism (from the Latin terreo: frighten; any government is guilty if they use weapons against their own or foreign people, or if they enforce laws with harsh penalties.)
Tesla, Nikola (Serbian inventor, mechanical & electrical engineer)
Testosterone (C19H28O2, white crystalline male sex hormone)
T is for Thalia (Greek muse of comedy)
Tha mo chlann air a bhi am murdt (Scottish: my children are being murdered)
Theseus (prince of Troy, son of Poseidon, abductor of Helen, Ariadne, Antiope, &c.)
Thewlis, David (British actor)
They Shall Not Pass!
“They shall not pass!” From Verdun’s walls,
O’er shatterer France the cry went forth;
Whilst millions rushed to fill the breach,
And proved their nation’s fighting worth.
Red Flanders field the record keeps
Of that great debt our manhood paid,
That we, within the land they saved,
Might bid for Justice — unafraid.
“They shall not pass!” The scene has changed,
But strife is rampant here, as then;
And the same purpose, firmly held,
Spurs on the soldier-citizen.
We fight at home the self-same wrong,
Unvarnished by the pomp of war;
God grant that we may fight as well
As they won our cause before!  -Jno. Cadden, Western Labor News, 1919.
Thigh: 1.leg between knee and waist 2.(Hebrew phd, Arabic phd or fakhdh; euphemism for phallus)
“7. Of course study should not be without thought.  But the way to think should emphasize reflection on things at hand, and should be done in a free, easy, and leisurely manner.  With reflection on things at hand, the self will not be at a loss, and with free and leisurely thinking one will not be impeded by material things.”  -Lu Hsiang-shan
Thomerson, Tim (American actor)
Thompson, Hunter S. (American gonzo reporter)
Thompson, Sir John Sparrow David (4th prime minister of Canada)
Thompson, Margaret Anne Wilson (Canadian geneticist)
Thompson, Robert Norman (American teacher & leader of the Social Credit Party of Canada)
Thompson, Thomas Phillips (Jimuel Briggs, English socialist writer)
Thomson, Thomas John (Canadian painter, member of the Group of Seven)
Thoreau, Henry David (American poet)
Thoth (Egyptian moon god)
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into a bottle: are they not in thy book?  -Psalm 56:8
Thursday (Thor’s day)
Thyestes (king of Mycenae, son of Pelops)
Tiananmen Square (June 4, 1989, 六四事件; pinyin: liùsì shìjiàn, literally the six-four incident)
The Tide: “Movement of the seas caused by the attraction exerted upon the seas by the Moon, and to a lesser extent by the Sun.  At full and new moon the tidal force of the Sun is added to that of the Moon, causing high spring tides; while at half-moons the forces are opposed, causing low neap tides.”  -The Penguin Dictionary of Science
Till, Emmett Louis (American lynched in Mississippi, 1955)
Time (Greek: honour, acclaim)
Time will tell.
Time out (consensus hand signal, asks for a break, 2 hands making a “t”)
Tine (Irish: fire)
Ting: “The symbolism of the ko (change) hexagram means to cast away the old and the ting (caldron, symbolizing reform) hexagram means to take on the new.”  -Confucius
T’i-jen (Chinese: realization through personal experience)
T’i-yung (Chinese: substance & function)
Tlaib, Rashida Harbi (American Congress woman)
Toads walk, frogs hop.
Dum loquimur, fugerit invida Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.  -Horace
Tolerance: qu’est-ce que la tolerance?  C’est l’apanage de l’humanite.  Nous sommes tous petris de faiblesses et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous reciproquement nos sottises, c’est la premiere loi de la nature.  -Voltaire
Tortoise (Chicago band)
TMV (abbr. tabacco mosaic virus)
TNT (abbr. trinitrotoluene)
Tragikos (Greek: tragedy, arousing ‘pity and terror [and] the catharsis of such emotions.’  -Aristotle)
Trees (and other plants): renewable resource; absorbs oxygen & releases carbon dioxide at night, then absorbs carbon dioxide & releases oxygen during the day)
Tribades (Greek: the rubbers, lesbians)
Triubhas (Scottish: tartan trousers worn by gentlemen, English trews)
Torop, Sergei (Vissarion, Jesus of Siberia, Russian believed to be second-coming of Christ)
Troubadours (“poets of Spain, Italy, and S. France, who flourished from XII. to XIV. cent’s.  The ranks of this order of poets were chiefly recruited from the noble classes, and even kings turned T. (e.g.) Richard Coeur-de-Lion, and Alftonso II. of Aragon, but there was also a professional class of lower caste.  The T. poet was inspired by the sentiments of chivalry and love, and in many ways had a refining influence on medieval society.  T’s of the most part led a wandering life, passing from country to country and from court to court.  Sometimes they became attached as retainers to a house.  In the XII. cent. there were no T. schools of poetry, but the poets became efficient in the art by attaching themselves to some skilled minstrel.  The latter half of the XIII. is the golden era of Provencal lyric.  Among famous T’s of this period may be mentioned Arnault de Maruelh, Folquet, bishop of Marseilles, Arnault Daniel, and Giraut de Bornelh.  In the XIII. cent may be mentioned Giuraut Riquier, the ‘last of theT’s'”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Trouvere (“name applied to the mediaeval poets of N. France and corresponding to the Troubadour of S.  The T’s were court poets who furnished the nobles of France with a species of artificial and sentimental poetry.  During the first half of the XIII. cent. this type of poetry was most in vogue.  The nobles themselves delighted in the pastime and Thibaut IV. of Navarre, Louis of Blois, and John of Jerusalem were enrolled among the early T’s.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
“The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but art.”  -George Bernard Shaw
Trudeau, Pierre Elliot (5th Liberal prime minister)
Truffaut, Francois (French director)
Trust (Hal Hartley)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  -John 8:32
He who begins by loving Christianity better than the Truth will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all.  -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Tsadeek (Hebrew: righteous man)
Tsadeek hador (Hebrew: saint of generation)
Tsadeket (Hebrew: righteous woman)
Tsai, Chang (Chinese philosopher, Confusianist)
“Heaven is my father and Earth is my mother, and even a small creature as I finds an intimate place in their midst.
“Therefore that which fills the universe I regard as my body and that which directs the universe  I consider as my nature.
“All people are my brothers and sisters, and all things are my companions.”
Tubman, Harriet (American abolitionist)
Tuche (Greek: chance)
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (American historian & writer)
Tucker, Maureen (American rock musician, The Velvet Underground)
Tucker, Sophie (Russian entertainer)
Tuesday (Tiw’s day, Teutonic war god; as in the French Mardi: day of mars)
Tuke; William, Henry, Samuel & Daniel Hack (Yorkshire family devoted to treatment of insanity)
Tulsi Das (Hindu poet)
T’ung (Chinese: penetration; same; tree)
Tunney, James Joseph (Gene, American boxer)
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeyevich (Russian writer)
Turner; Ike & Tina (American musicians)
Turner, John (6th Liberal prime minister)
Turner, Joseph Mallord William (English painter)
Turner, Nat (American slave leader)
Turturro, John (American actor)
Tussaud, Madame (Marie Gresholtz, French wax modeler)
Tutankhamen (king of Egypt)
Tutu, Desmond Mpilo (South African theologian, archbishop & civil rights leader)
Tutuola, Amos (Nigerian writer)
Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer)
Tweed, Shannon (Canadian soft-porn star, wife of Gene Simmons)
The Twelfth Hour: The works of the light eternal are fulfilled by fire.  -Appollonius of Tyana, Nuctemeron
12 1) One-Adam-Twelve 2) ACAB [1312: All Cops Are Bastards] 3) police radio code “10-12” 4) “It’s 12 Districts in the greater city of Atlanta. There are always 12 officers on patrol at all times in each district and each officer works 12 hour shifts! That why ATL says “12” when referring to police.” -Urban Dictionary 5) Can also refer to the DEA or narcotics officers.
Tyndale, William (English translator of New Testament)
Tyrconnell (ancient kingdom near Donegal)
Tztezes, John (Byzantine writer)
Tzu (Chinese: honorific; to indulge; tree)
Tzu, Lao (Chinese philosopher)
“How do I know that this should be so?  Through this:
“The more taboos and prohibitions there are in the world,
“The poorer the people will be.
“The more sharp weapons the people have,
“The more troubled the state will be.
“The more cunning and skill man possesses,
“The more vicious things will appear.
“The more laws and orders are made prominent,
“The more thieves and robbers there will be.”



(yu) Greek upsilon; runic uruz: strength, sacrificial animal, the aurochs; Scottish ur: the yew-tree; chemistry: uranium; thermodynamic (internal) energy (U); unit; upper class; union or university.

Ubique (Greek: everywhere)
Uccello, Paolo (di Dono, Florintine painter)
Udall, Nicholas (English writer)
UHF (abbr. ultra-high frequencies, 300-3000 megahertz)
Uisce (Irish: water)
Uqbah (Arabic god of progeny)
Ulanova, Galina Sergeyevna (Russian prima ballerina)
Ulfilas (little wolf, Goth apostle, translated Teutonic version of Bible)
Ultima thule (Greek: final frontier)
Ultrasound: frequency too high for the human ear.
“…for did not wise Ulysses go to sleep as soon as he was within sight of his own country which he had hunted no less than ten years?  And does not the Irishman, when at half the earth’s diameter from his mistress, cry out, Ah! my dear Sheelah o’Sheelah, were I once within forty miles of those pretty eyes, I would never desire to be nearer them in all my life?  So why should not I, after fretting to come home ever since we came hither, though I never said so–why should not I, now the day is fixed–forget and think no more on’t?  That says Mr. Johnson, is a bad place of which the best good thing is bad weather–yet that is true of Brighthelmstone this Autumn; and last week we had some storms that were very sublime.  To see the ship how she fought, as the clown says, and the sea how he flap-dragoned it, was a fine a sight to us safely posted observers.  Suave mari magno, etc.; and what are Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Desmoulines compared to the winds and the waves?  There are horn lanthorns (you remember) and paper lanthorns, but what are they when opposed to the sun and the moon?  Winter is coming apace, that’s certain; and it will be three months at least that we shall live without the sight of either leaf or blossom; we will try good fires and good humour, and make ourselves all the amend we can.  I have lost more than Spring and Summer–I have lost what made my happiness in all seasons of the year; but the black dog shall not make prey of both my master and myself.–Much is gone–  -Hester Lynch (Thrale) Piozzi
Uma (wife of Shiva, who closed his eyes, causing the opening of a 3rd)
Umberto I & II (Italian kings)
UN (abbr. United Nations; New York City, an assembly of the world’s countries, funded mainly by the U.S.)
“An Englishman thinks he is being moral when he is only uncomfortable.”  -George Bernard Shaw
UNESCO (abbr. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
UNDCP (abbr. United Nations International Drug Control Program)
“One should never condemn what one cannot understand.”  -Han Suyin
UNICEF (abbr. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)
Unification Church (founded by Sun Myung Moon combining Christianity with Buddhism)
Unitarian Church (“a popular definition of a Unitarian is of one who believes that Christ was a human being, denies his divinity or deity, and the trinity, which is a basic faith in all orthodox Protestant creeds.  The name Unitarian had its origin in Hungary in the 16th century, but was then applied to a religious league, and had no other meaning than fraternal unity.  Unitarian, meaning belief in one human Christ, was first given to churches of that faith in Transylvania in the 17th century.  The Unitarian Church in the United States was found by Dr Joseph Priestly, who established two churches; at Northumberland, Pennsylvania in 1794, and in Philadelphia in 1796.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
United Brethren in Christ (“originated in the missionary movement in 1746 to systematize and extend the German Reform Churches in America.  One of the missionaries sent from Germany was Philip William Otterbein, who, in 1768, while engaged in pastoral work at Lancaster, Pa., joined with Mennonite preachers in an evangelizing mission.  The connection caused friction with Otterbein’s fellow ministers.  The work attracted the association of ministers of other denominations and developed to the formation in Maryland in 1800 of the ecclesiastical body known today.  The movement was viewed as not a schism but rather as a natural development of German-speaking congregations seeking a deeper spiritual life.  After 1815 English speaking churches of the denominations became numerous.  The church’s doctrine is Arminian.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sanctioned, but the mode of celebrating both is left to the individual.  Its policy is similar to that of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the denomination affiliates with Methodist communions.  Women are licensed and ordained to preach.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
United Evangelical Church (“an ecclesiastical body formed in 1894 by seceders from the Evangelical Association, which dated from 1800.  The division was due to differences of opinion regarding the fundamental principles of church policy.  The church’s articles of faith and of discipline are in strict accord with the doctrine (which is Arminian) as well the spirit and purposes of the original church.  Its teaching and polity differs little from those of the Methodist Episcopal Church.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
United Evangelical Church (Germany) (“the state church of Prussia.  It came into existence in 1817 at the behest of Frederick William II., and was a union of parts of the Lutheran and Reformed churches.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)
United Free Church of Scotland (“was formed in 1900 by the union of the Free Church of Scotland and the United Presb. Church.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)
United Methodist Church (formed in 1968 with the merger of the Methodist Church & the Evangelical United Brethren)
United Reformed Church (formed in 1972 with the merger of the Presbyterian Church of England & the Congregational Churches of England & Wales)
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.  -John Dickinson
Universalists (“a religious denomination mostly confined to the United States.  They believe that it is the purpose of God to save every member of the human race from sin.  The Universalist denomination is of modern origin and dates from the arrival in the United States of the Reverend John Murray, of London, at Good Luck, New Jersey, in September 1770.  Wherever he preached in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts societies followed.  The first representative settlement was at Gloucester, Massachusetts, where a church was built 1780.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Universal love is called humanity.  -Han Yu
“The permanent emotional state such as love is embedded in the hearts of spectators and is manifested by these causes, &c., and apprehended in their universalized aspect.  Through the strength of the same universalization, this permanent emotional state, though appearing only in a particular cognizer, is yet apprehended as if by a cognizer who has awakend into an unbounded state, because, for the time being, his limited cognizership drops and he becomes rid of the touch of any other object of cognition.  In this unlimited state, on account of the universalation enabling one to be in unison with all hearts, the permanent emotional mood, though, like one’s Self, not really different, is yet brought within the range of apprehension.  This appprehension or realization is essentially of the form of a relish and strictly confined to the duration of the evoking artistic conditions, causes, &c.; its relish is unitary like that of a composite drink in which the ingredients do not taste seperately; this unique relish is such that it seems to quiver in front of one, it seems to throw everything else into oblivion, it seems to make one experience the ineffable beautitude of the Supreme Being; it produces a supramundane delectation; such is the nature of the experience of aesthetic emotion, love and the like.
“The means of its cognition are not indeterminate, because the knowledge of causes, &c., is essential to it; nor is it determinate, for it is relished as a supramundane bliss, certified by one’s own Self-experience.  Being of neither form or of both forms, it shows only, as already stated, its non-worldly character, and no contradiction whatsoever.”  -Kauyaprakasa, Mammata
Unruh, Fritz Von (German writer)
Urania (Greek muse of astronomy)
Uranus (son of Phanes, father of Kronos; between saturn & neptune, discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1781)
Ure, Andrew (Scottish chemist & writer)
Urea (carbamide, CO[NH2]2; white crystalline in urine)
Urey, Harold Clayton (American physicist)
The Urging Song: “There are no problems, no sorrows or errors; they join in the urging song that everything sings.  This is the state of the angels, that spend their hours only singing the praises of the Lord.  Just to lie savouring is enough life.  Is enough.”  -Elizabeth Smart
Meine weil speak weil and doe weil.  -Urquhart clan motto
Urquhart, Anthony Morse (Tony, Canadian painter)
Urquhart, Colonel James (Scottish Jacobite)
Urquhart, Jane (Canadian writer)
Urquhart, Captain John of Craigston (the Pirate, Scottish soldier)
Urquart, Sir Thomas of Cromarty (“Scot. writer and soldier; fought against Covenanters, fled to England, where Charles I. knighted him, 1641, in which year he published his Epigrams; taken prisoner by Roundheads at Worcester; in 1652 he wrote The Jewel, an encomium on the Scots, and The Pedigree, a history of his family for the creation; he pub. in 1653 an Introduction to the Universal Language, and his best work, a translation of Rabelais.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Urus (Bos primigenius, e. wild ox of ancient Rome)
For he that is not against us is on our part.  -Mark 9:40
Here’s tae us; wha’s like us?
Gey few, and they’re a a’deid.  -Scottish toast
U.S. (abbr. United States, the government of America)
“American aggressiveness, however it may be masked in pious rhetoric, is a dominant force in world affairs and must be analyzed in terms of its causes and motives.  There is no body of theory or significant body of relevant information, beyond the comprehension of the layman, which makes policy immune from criticism.  To the extent that “expert knowledge” is applied to world affairs, it is necessary–to question its quality and the goal that is serves.  These facts seen to obvious to require extended discussion.”  -Noam Chomsky, 1966
“The Indians were the first “aggressors” who had to be faced in our celebration of freedom, the definition of “aggressor” being “that we have attacked them,” to be followed by the Mexican, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Nicaraguans and many others.  It may be added that U.S. history is hardly unique in this respect, down to the present day.”
“At one point, the attack was justified by the need to prevent arms flow to El Salvador.  Bu 1983, no significant arms flow having been detected despite massive efforts, the aim was to “bring the Sandinistas to the baraining table” and force them to hold elections.  …A few months later, elections had been held, the Sandinistas had accepted the Contadora principles, causing the administration to discover suddenly that they were a sham and a fraud, and they were continuing to request negotiations that the U.S. refuses.  So the argument shifted again: we read in the new columns that “the Reagan Administration has demanded that Nicaragua demiliterize, reduce its ties with the Soviet Union and Cuba and change its form of government to a pluralistic democracy.””  -Noam Chomsky (Joel Brinkley, New York Times, June 5, 1985)
“… the World Court rejected the American contention that it had no jurisdiction with regard to the Nicaraguan complaint concerning U.S. aggression against Nicaragua.”
“In 1907, a Central American Court of Justice was established at the initiative of Washington to adjudicate conflicts among the states of the region.  “Within nine years,” LaFeber observes, “the institution was hollow because twice–in 1912 and 1916–the United States refused to recognized Court decisions that went against its interests in Nicaragua.”
“In earlier years, we were defending ourselves against Mexican “agression” (initiated well inside Mexican territory); we had to take California to protect ourselves from a possible British threat to do so.  The Indians were also defensive; the Indians were attacking us from their British and Spanish sanctuaries, so we were compelled to take Florida and the West, with consequences for the native population that are, or should be, well known.”
“In the first third of this century, we sent military forces to Cuba, Panama, Mexico, and Honduras and occupied Haiti for nineteen years [later the “Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Greneda”].”
“The historical record is one of the most shameful stories in modern history and naturally is very little known here, though in a free society it would be well understood and taught in elementary school in all its sordid and gruesome detail.”
“…the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was found to be an inappropriate forum for judging Nicaragua’s charges against Washington.  The United States rejected ICJ jurisdiction, and when the court condemned the U.S. for the “unlawful use of force,” ordering Washington to cease its international terrorism, violation of treaties, and illegal economic warfare, and to pay substantial reparations, the Democratic-controlled Congress reacted by instantly escalating the crimes while the Court was roundly denounced on all sides as a “hostile forum” that had discredited itself by rendering a decision against the United States.. The Court judgement itself was scarcely reported, including the words just quoted and the explicit ruling that the U.S. aid to the contras is “military” and not “humanitarian.”  Along with U.S. direction of terrorist forces, the aid continued until the United States imposed its will, always called “humanitarian aid.”  Public history keeps to the same conventions.”  -Noam Chomsky (1986)
Ustinov, Peter (British actor)
Uta (Shamash, Sumerian sun god of justice)
Uzziah (king Judah)



(ve) Hebrew vav; Roman numeral for 5; chemistry: vanadium; velocity; volt; volume; verb; verse; version; versus; victory; village; violin; viscount or voice.

Vacaresco, Helen (Rumanian poet)
Valdemar I, II & IV (kings of Denmark)
Valdes, Juan De (Spanish author)
Valens (Byzantine emperor)
Valentinian (Flavius Gratianus Valentinianus, Roman emperor)
Valhalla (Scandinavian hall of the gods, heaven for warriors slain in battle)
Valla, Lorenzo (Italian scholar)
Vallee, Rudy (American singer)
Vama (Sanskrit: udder or woman)
Vampire Bat (Phyllostomatidae; of 150 species, 2 [Desmodus & Diphylla] are bloodsuckers)
Van, Billy (Canadian actor, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein)
Vanbrugh, Sir John (English dramatist, architect & soldier)
Vancouver, George (English sailor with Captain Cook, hence the island, &c.)
Vandals (“a Teutonic race which played a prominant part in the disruption of the Rom. Empire in V. cent.  They overran Gaul and Spain, and, crossing Africa, established a kingdom there under Genseric, which lasted from 429 till 534 A.D.; wontonly destroyed works of art, monuments, and priceless treasures of lit. during the sack of Rome, 455 A.D., hence the term ‘vandalism'”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Van Doren; Carl Clinton & Mark Albert (American writers)
VANDU (abbr. Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users)
Van Dyck, Sir Anthony (Dutch painter)
Vane; Sir Henry & jr. (English statesmen)
Van Eyck, Jan (Flemish painter)
Van Gogh, Vincent (Dutch painter)  To produce good work, one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe and drink one’s coffee in peace.
Vanillin (CH3O[OH]C6H3CHO, white crystalline  from vanilla beans synthesized from lignin)
Van Rensselaer; Henry Killian & Stephen (American soldiers)
Van Rijn, Rembrandt (Dutch painter)
Nay, I mean the tongue; variety of courtship:
What cannot a neat knave with a smooth tale
Make a woman believe?  -John Webster
“This being the case, although the various books differ in language and the many schools differ in theory, if we can find out where they converge, how can different expressions delude us?”  -Seng-chao
Varium et mutabile semper Femina.  -Virgil
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.  -Thorstein Veblen
Varley, Frederick Horsman (English painter, member of The Group of Seven)
Varley; John & Cornelius (English painters)
Varro, Marcus Terentius (Roman encyclopedist)
Vasarely, Victor (Hungarian painter)
Vasari, Giorgio (Italian painter, architect & historian)
Vasoff, Ivan (Bulgarian poet)
Vaughan, Henry (Emglish poet & mystic)
Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch
At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb;
Keep clean, bear fruit, earn life and watch,
Till the white winged reapers come.
Vaughn, Sarah (American jazz singer)
Vaux, Calvert (English landscape architect)
Vega Carpio, Lope Felix de (Spanish dramatist & poet)
Vega, Garcilaso de la (Spanish soldier & poet)
Velazquez, Diego Rodriquez de Silva (Spanish painter)
“The old concept of the venal purveyor of drugs waiting outside the school yard to entice some unsuspecting youngster into the ravages of drug abuse is today (and has been for quite some time) a totally anachronistic concept.”  -Donald B. Louria
V for Vendetta (Alan Moore)
Veneti “(1) a Celtic seafaring people, dwelling in Gallia, Celtica, and trading with Britain.  Waging war against the Romans, 57 B.C., they were utterly defeated the following year.  The town of Vannes, in the department of Mobihan, preserves their name.  (2) a people of N. Italy inhabiting the territory called Venetia under Rom. Empire, peaceful and commercial; famous horse breeders.  On the fall of the Empire the inhabitants of some of the many towns destroyed by Attila fled to the islands of the lagoons, and thus Venice came into existence early in IX. cent.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Veneziano, Antonio (Italian painter)
Veni, vidi, vici.  (Latin: I came, I saw, I conquored)  -Julius Caesar
Ventris, Michael George Francis (British architect & scholar)
Venus (Roman goddess of love, love, astronomy: 2nd planet from sun)
Venuti, Joe (American jazz violin player)
VERBUM CARO FACTUM EST. (Latin: the word made flesh)
Verdi, Giuseppe (Italian composer)
Verlaine, Paul (French symbolist poet)
Verlaine, Tom (Miller, American rock musician, Television)
Vermeer, Jan (Dutch painter)
Verne, Jules (French writer)
Vernet; Claude Joseph, Carle & Emile Jean Horace (French painters)
Veronal (white crystalline powder, (C2H5)2C(CO.NH)2CO)
Veronese, Paolo (Caliari, Italian painter)
Verrocchio, Andrea del (Andrea di Michele de Francesco di Cioni, Italian sculptor & painter)
Vesalius, Andreas (Belgian founder of anatomic science)
Vespasian, Titus Flavius Vespasianus (Roman emperor)
Vesta (Roman goddess of the hearth)
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  -Exodus 22:21
VHF (abbr. very high frequencies, 30-300 megahertz)
Vickers, Jon (Canadian tenor)
Victor Amedeus (1st king of Sardinia)
Victor Emmanuel II (king of Sardinia)
Victor Emmanuel III (king of Italy)
The Queen is most anxious to enlist every one who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights’, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.  Lady–ought to get a good whipping.  It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.  God created men and women differently–then let them remain each in their own position.  -Victoria R
Vidal, Gore (American writer)
Vidoco, Eugene Francois (French criminal & detective)
Viele, Egbert Ludovikus (American civil war general & civil engineer)
“The first phase of the war, the French war, probably left about half a million dead.  From 1954 to 1965, we succeeded in killing maybe another 160,000 to 170, 000 South Vietnamese, mostly peasants.  The war, from 1965 to 1975, left a death toll of maybe in the neighborhood of 3 million.  There were also perhaps a million dead in Cambodia and Laos.  So altogether about 4 to 5 million people were killed, which is a respectable achievement when you’re trying to prevent any successful social and economic development.”  -Noam Chomsky
Vigilance Committee (American lynch mob)
Vigny, Alfred Victor Comte de (French writer)
Vikingr (Icelandic: sea rover)
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (Brazilian composer)
Villella, Edward (American ballet dancer)
Villiers De L’sle Adam, Comte De, Philippe Auguste Mathias (French poet)
Villon, Francois (French poet)
Vimy Ridge “captured by the French in May 1915; resisted the assaults of Froch’s armies in June and Sept 1915.  Subsequently this part of the front was take over by the British, who were attacked by the Germans, the 25th and 47th Divisions losing some ground at the N. part pf the ridge near Souchez, May 26, 1916, which remained a bastion of the Ger. front.  It was brilliantly stormed by the Canadians in the Arras battles, April 9-10, 1917, after a heavy bombardment lasting three weeks.  The troops had been specially trained for the assault, and they went forward at a bound under cover of a skillful barrage.  The Ger. entrenchments had been blown to pieces, but there was stubborn resistance at a few points, notably Hill 145 and the ‘Pimple’ at the W. end, which were used as the pivot of the Ger. counter-thrust.  Over 4, 000 prisoners were taken by the Canadian Corps, who pressed down the slopes to the village of Vimy and the outskirts of Lens.  The assault  was one of the most complete successes of the war.  Near the crest of the ridge, now planted with maples, stand two monuments to Canadian heroism.  Sir Julian Byng, in command of the Canadian Corps, adopted the title Lord Byng of Vimy, 1919.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia
Saint Vincent de Paul (French priest)
Vinci, Leonardo di ser Piero (Italian master, renaissance manThe smallest feline is a masterpiece.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but on probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.  -American Bill of Rights
Viollet-Le-Duc, Eugene (French architect)
Virescit vulnere virtus.  -Stewart clan motto
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, Roman poet)
‘Tis virtue, and not birth that makes us noble:
Great actions speak great minds, and such should govern.  -John Fletcher
Vishnu (Hindu: the Preserver, Sanskrit visnu)
Vitellius, Aulus (Italia composer)
Vitruvius (Roman architect & engineer)
Vivaldi, Antonio (Italian composer)
Viva Voce (Middle Latin: with the living voice, orally–as in Homer & the Hebrew Bible were passed down viva voce)
Saint Vladimir (Russian ruler)
VLF (abbr. very low frequencies, below 30 kilohertz)
Vogt, Hans (German inventor)
Voir dire (French: truth said)
Volapuk (“a so-called ‘universal language,’ invented by Johann Martin Schleyer, 1879.  It has been superseded by Esperanto.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)
Die breite Masse eines Volkes… einer grossen Luge leichter zum Opfer als einer kleinen.  -Adolf Hitler
Vologaeses XXIII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX & XXX (Parthian kings)
Volta, Alessandro (Italian inventor of the battery)
Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet, French writer)
Volumen (Latin: scroll)
Volunteers of America (founded by General Ballington Booth & former members of the Salvation Army)
Vondel, Joost Van Den (Dutch poet)
Vonnegut, Kurt jr. (American author)
Vulcan (Roman god of fire, Alberta town or planet [see Star Trek])



(dubelyoo) Arabic waw; runic wunjo: joy; tungsten (wolfram); watt; west; tryptophan; week; weight; width; with or work.

Wace, Robert (Anglo-Norman poet)
Wagner, Wilhelm Richard (German composer)
Wahpahki (Cree: tomorrow)
Wahpiskiwiyahs (Cree: white man)
Waksman, Selman Abraham (Russian biologist)
Waits, Tom (American jazz musician)
Wainwright; Loudon III, Sloan, Rufus & Martha (Canadian folk musicians)
Wakan Tanka (Lakota Sioux: Creator)
Walford, Britt (American rock musician; Slint, Palace)
Walker, David (American abolitionist)
Wallace, Alfred Russel (English naturalist)
Wallace, Edgar (English writer)
Wallace, Irving (American author)
Wallace, Sir William (Scottish revolutionary)
Wallack; James William & Lester John (American actors & theatrical managers)
Waller, Thomas Wright (Fats, American jazz piano player)
Walpole, Horace 4th Earl of Oxford (British writer)
Walter; John & jr. (English journalists, The Times)
Walton, Ernest Thomas Sinton (Irish physicist)
Wang (Chinese: kingly; to destroy; to forget)
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination.  When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.  -Oscar Wilde
War on Drugs: “A type of war which is redeclared every few months by Western government leaders without intervening victories or defeats.”  -John Ralston Saul
Ward, Barbara Baroness Jackson (British economist & conservationist)
Warhol, Andy (Andrew von, American artist)
Warton, Thomas (English poet)
Washington, Booker Taliaferro (American educator)
Waters, John (American director)
Watkins, Peter (Canadian director)
Watson Greg (Canadian rock musician, Orange Alabaster Mushroom, Mississippi Grover)
Watson, Homer Ransford (Canadian painter)
Watson, James Craig (Canadian astronomer)
Watson, James Dewey (American biologist)
Watson, John (Ian Madaren, Scottish author)
Watson, John (Scottish philosopher)
Watson, Wilfred (Canadian poet)
Watt, James (Scottish engineer)
Watteau, Jean Antoine (French painter)
Watts, Wilmer (and The Lonely Eagles, American country musician)
Watts-Dunton, Walter Theodore (English poet)
Waubagone (Ojibway: flower)
Waubun-anung (Ojibway: morning star)
Waugh; Alec & Evelyn Arthur St. John (British novelists)
Waussayauh-bindumiwin (Ojibway: a complete vision in quest or vigil)
Wayne, John (Marion Michael Morrison, American actor)
Wayne, John Louis (Canadian comedian, Wayne & Shuster)
“Weapons are instruments of evil, not the instruments of a good ruler.
“When he uses them unavoidably, he regards calm restraint as the best principle.
“Even when he is victorious, he does not regard it as praise worthy,
“For to praise victory is to delight in the slaughter of men.”  -Lao Tzu
Wean (Scottish: child)
Weaver, Curley (American blues musician)
Webb, Phyllis (Canadian poet)
Webb; Beatrice & Sidney James 1st Baron Passfield (English writers)
Weber, Carl Maria von (German composer)
Weber, Max (German social scientist)
Weber, Max (Russian painter)
Webern, Anton von (Austrian composer)
Webster, John (English dramatist)
Webster, Noah (American lexicographer)
Wee (Scottish: little)
Ween; Dean & Gene (American musician, Ween)
Weems; Dick, Frank & Jesse (Weems String Band, American country musicians)
Weems, Mason Locke (Clergyman & writer)
Wednesday (Wodin’s day)
Wei (Chinese: act, activity; become; artifice; powerful; to say)
Wei, Wang (Chinese painter)
“Generally speaking, a careful examination reveals no inconveniences that would result from the abolition of political parties. Strange paradox: measures like this, which present no inconvenience, are also the least likely to be adopted. People think, if it is so simple, why was it not done long ago? And yet, most often, great things are easy and simple.”  -Simone Weil
Weill, Kurt (German composer)
Weiss, Peter (Swedish author)
Weismuller, Johnny (American swimmer & actor, Tarzan)
Welles, Orson (American director)
Wells, Herbert George (English writer)
Welty, Eudora (American author)
Wen (Chinese: culture; ornament; literature; to ask)
Wenders, Wim (German director)
Wesley; Charles & John (English founders of Methodism)
West, Benjamin (American painter)
West, Mae (American actress)
West, Dame Rebecca (Cicely Isabel Fairfield, British writer)
Weyden, Rogier van der (Roger de la Pasture, Flemish painter)
Weymouth, Tina (American musician, Talking Heads)
Warton, Edith Newbold Jones (American novelist)
What, Doctor (CKCU radio character)
Whately, Richard (English writer)
Whig (“originally a nickname applied to the Covenanting men of S. W. of Scotland (probably form whig, ‘sour whey’); after the Restoration, applied generally to the Presb. party of Scotland, and later in England to those suspected of opposition to the king or of sympathy with the Nonconformists, applied to supporters of the revolution (1688); supplanted by ‘Liberal’ at time of Reform Bill.  In American politics the term was first applied to the revolutionaries, and later was adopted by the party opposed to the politics of President Jackson.”  -World’s Popular Encyclopedia)
Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (American painter)
Whistler & His Jug Band (American blues musicians)
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savour) the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.”  -E.B. White
White; Jack & Meg (American rock musicians, White Stripes)
White, James (Canadian geographer)
White; Rick & Tara (Canadian rock musicians, Eric’s Trip, Elevator to Hell)
White, William Hale (Mark Rutherford, English writer)
Whiteboys (Ribonism, sercret Irish society)
Whitehead, Alfred North (British philosopher & mathematician)
Whitman, Sarah Helen Power (American poet, engaged to Edgar Allen Poe)
Whitman, Walt (American poet)  I will make a song for these States that no one State may under any circumstances be subjected to another State.
Whitney, Eli (American inventor of the cotton gin)
Whitney, Sir James Pliny (premier of Ontario)
Whitton, Charlotte (Ottawa’s 1st female mayor)
Who (a citizen of Whoville)
The Who (British rock band)
Who, Cowboy (Jeff Green, CJOH series)
WHO (abbr. World Health Organization, a division of the UN)  “…if WHO activities relating to drugs failed to reinforce proven drug-control approaches, funds for the relevant programs should be curtailed.”  -Neil Boyer, American representative to the WHO
Who, Doctor (William Hartnell, [Peter Cushing], Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennent, Matt Smith, John Hurt, Peter Capaldi & Jodie Whittaker, &c)
Whooping Crane (North American, 1 of the WMES)
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.  -Psalm 927
Wiebe, Rudy Henry (Canadian writer)
Wieland, Christoph Martin (German poet)
Wieland, Joyce (Canadian artist)
Wieland, Scott (American rock musician & junky; Stone Temple Pilots)
Wiener, Norbert (American mathematician)
Wikipedia (open source encyclopedia website, guarded jealously by gatekeepers)
Wilberforce, William (British MP & reformer)
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler (Amerian poet)
Wilde, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills (Irish poet)  “The last gentleman in Europe.”  -Ada Leverson
Wilder, Billy Samuel (Austrian director)
Wilder, Gene (American actor)
Wilder, Thornton Niven (American writer)
Wilhelmina, Helena Pauline Maria (queen of Holland)
Wilkie, Sir David (Scottish artist)
Wilkins, Roy (American civil-rights leader)
Wilkinson, Anne (Canadian writer)
Willard, Frances Elisabeth (American writers)
William I, II, III & IV (kings of England)
William I & II (kings of Netherlands)
William I & II (kings of Prussia & German emperors)
William (king of Wurtenburg)
William II (king of Sicily)
William the Lion (king of Scotland)
Williams, Hank; I, II & III (American country musicians)
Williams, Mary Lou (American jazz piano player & arranger)
Williams, Robin (American comedian)
Williams, Roger (English clergyman)
Williams, Tennessee (Thomas Lanier Williams, American playwright)
Williams, William Carlos (American imagist poet)
Williamson, Curtis Albert (Canadian painter)
Wilson, Alexander (Scottish ornithologist)
Wilson, Brian (American rock musician)
Wilson, Cairine Reay (Canada’s 1st female senator)
Wilson, Charles Thomson Rees (British physicist)
Winchell, Walter (American journalist)  Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and the ships at sea.
Winckelmann, Johann Joachim (German father of archeology)
Windigo: “the spirit believed by the Algonquian to take possession of vulnerable persons and cause them to engage in antisocial behaviour, most notably cannibalism.  People are most susceptible when isolated in the woods (akin to being ‘bushed’) for some considerable time.  The resultant psychosis is well documented and is the subject of medical and psychological research.”  -The Canadian Encyclopedia
Winfield, Gene (American builder of the “Galileo” [Star Trek] and Bladerunner vehicles)
Winstanley, Gerrard (English radical & founder of the Digger Movement)
Wisdom: “The purpose of doubt.”  -John Ralston Saul
But wisdom is justified of all her children.  -Luke 7:35
Wisdom is perspective.
Wise, Stephen S. (American rabbi)
Wiseman, Adele (Canadian writer & professor)
Wit: “The clue to the reason for this may lie in a meaning of wit which is assigned to the Restoration years: ‘the seat of consciousness or thought, the mind’.  Dryden, living in this critical climate, defined wit as ‘sharpness of conceit’.  His emphasis is on self-consciouness on the part of both the poet and the audience.  It is no accident, then, that at this time ‘the wits’ emerged–a group of gentlemen, conscious of their nimble minds and cultural awareness.  Apart from self-consciousness itself, there are several other characteristics of Restoration and eighteenth-century wit that come from such an ingroup attitude.  Comparison is stressed.  The wit demands to be used in a context of accepted ideas and reading, though the opposite side of this is also valued, namely unexpected justness.  Cleverness and quickness are parts of it, too, and the idea of the marshalled disposition of material.  Lastly, ideas are important: the most famous characterization of wit, echoed by later critics and poets, is that of the most influential philosopher of the age, John Locke, who defines it as ‘the Assemblage of Ideas, and putting those together with quickness and variety.’” -Angus Ross
Witenagemot (Anglo Saxon: meeting of wise men)
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of council for his defense.  -American Bill of Rights
Wittgenstein, Ludwig Johann Josef (Austrian philosopher)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, Frank L. Baum)
Wladislaus I, II III & IV (kings of Poland)
WMES (abbr. world’s most endangered species)
Wodehouse, Sir Pelham Grenville (British writers)
Wolfe, Thomas Clayton (American novelist)
Wollstonecraft, Mary (English writer, mother of Mary Shelley, A Vindication of the Rights of Women)
Woltz, Da Costa (‘s Southern Broadcasters, American country banjo player)
“The effects of woman’s betrayal are more subtle and less immediate perhaps, but equally devastating.  Helen provokes a war that wipes out the entire race of heroes, ushering in a completely new age, when the heroes will merely be remembered in verse.  And as a civilizing gesture, a woman’s betrayal is no less effective than man’s monster slaying.  The monster is an enemy beaten in a duel; in her betrayal, the traitor suppresses her own roots, detaching her life from its natural context.  Ariadne is the ruin of Crete, where she was born; Antiope dies fighting the Amazons, her own subjects who were faithfully rallying at her aid; Helen leads the heroes she has loved to their down fall; Medea forsakes the country of sorcery to arrive, at the end of her adventures, in the country of law, Athens; Antigone betrays the law of her city to make a gesture of mercy toward a dead man who does not belong to that city.  Like a spiral, woman’s betrayal twists around on itself, forever regecting that which is given.  It is not the negation that comes into play in the frontal and mortal collision of forces but the negation that amounts to a gradual breaking away from ourselves, opposition to ourselves, effacement of ourselves, in a game that may exalt or destroy and which generally both exalts and destroys.
“The slaying of monsters and woman’s betrayal are two ways in which negation can operate.  The first clears a space, leaves an evocative vacuum where before there was a clutter, thick with heads and tentacles, a scaly arabesque.  Woman’s betrayal does not alter the elements in space but rearranges them.  The influence of certain peices on the chessboard is inverted.  White attacks white.  Black attacks black.  The effect is confusing, above all disturbing.  For the first time roles have been reversed.  And it is always a woman who reverses them.  There’s an obstinacy about the hero that obliges him to keep on and on, following just one path and no other.  Hence his need to be complemented, his need of another form of negation.  The woman with her betrayal completes the hero’s work: she brings it to its conclusion and winds up the story.  This is done in agreement with the hero.  It is part of the hero’s civilizing work to suppress himself, because the hero is monstrous.  Immediatly after the monsters, die the heroes.”-Roberto Calasso
Wood, Edward D. jr. (American director)
Wood, William John (Canadian artist)
Wooden Stars (Ottawa band)
Woodhull; Tennessee Clafin & Victoria Clafin (American publishers & feminists)
Woodring, Jim (American artist)
Woodward, Robert Burns (American chemist)
Woolf; Leonard Sindey & Adeline Virginia (British writers)
Woolman, John (Amerian clergyman & abolitionist)
Worcester, Joseph Emerson (American lexicographer & philologist)
Wordsworth; Dorothy & William (English writers)
“You concentrate on something which was an obsession, and what you would have put into your obsession with the physical act you put into your work.  Because one of the terrible things about so-called love, certainly for an artist, I think, is the destruction.”  -Francis Bacon
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very work’s sake.  -John 14:11
Wottan, Sir Henry (English diplomat & author)
WQED (Pittsburg tv station; employed Fred Rogers & Ernie Coombs before they moved to the CBC)
Wrap it up (consensus hand signal, 2 hands circling)
“Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.”  -William Alger
Wray, Fay (Canadian actress)
Wren, Sir Christopher (English architect, mathematician & astronomer)
Wright, Frank Lloyd (American architect)
Wright, Lammar (American jazz cornetist)
Wright; Orville & Wilbur (American inventors)
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring only to make both ends meet.  -Thomas Fuller
World’s Popular Encyclopedia: “A modern compilation of essential facts gathered from branches of the world’s knowledge”  -The World Syndicate Publishing Co., 1937
“More will mean worse.”  -Kingsley Amis
Wright, Cecil Augustus (Ceasar, Canadian dean & law teacher)
Wright, Stephen (American comedian)
A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.  -Samuel Johnson
WTO (abbr. World Trade Organization, funded mainly by the U.S.)
Wu (Chinese: hate; no; non-being; to dance)
Wurtz, Charles Adolphe (French chemist)
WWI (abbr. World War I, “The Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered in Sarajevo not by the masons, but by members of a secret Serbian nationalist group.  It is very unlikely that they had any farseeing design to cause a European war; they probably acted merely out of hatred of Austria, which had annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina six years before.
“The Austrian government thought that this was a good opportunity to annex Serbia, and sent a threatening ultimatum, imposing such humiliating terms that they thought that the Serbian government would certainly refuse to comply; this would give Austria the excuse to go to war.  Serbia agreed to most of the Austrian demands, but hedged on a few of them, and Austria declared war.  We now know that the Serbian government had decided to accept all the Austrian demands, but were persuaded by the Russian Foreign Office to reject the most outrageous of the terms, after Serbia had received a secret pledge of Russian support in the event of war.  A French writer has suggested that a secret Serbian organization which had its contacts in the Russian government was responsible for the Serbian decision which was the cause of the First World War.”  -Jasper Ridley, The Freemasons
WWII (abbr. World War II, almost 60 000 men were killed fighting for Crown and Canada)
Wyeth; Andrew Newell & James Browning (American painters)
Wyler, William (American director)
Wyn Wood, Elizabeth (Canadian sculptor)




(eks) Greek chi; Roman numeral for 10; runic gebo: generosity; female chromosome; algebra: the unknown; rating: explicit content; a marker; Saint Andrew’s Cross; reactance; xanthosine; halogen atom; a kiss; Christ; or the owl from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

“X in our alphabet being a needless letter has an added invincibility to the attacks of the spelling reformers, and like them, will doubtlessly last as long as the language.”  -Ambrose Bierce
Xanadu (Robert Greenwald)
Xanthippi (Socrates’ wife)
Xanthos (Greek: yellow)
Camp X (HYDRA, a spy school for American, British & Canadian agents in Whitby, Ontario [1941-44])
Xchange (Allan Moyle)
X, Citizen (Andrei Chikatilo, Russia’s most prolific [recorded] serial killer)
X, Doctor (Lionel Atwill)
Xena (Lucy Lawless)
Xenikos (Greek: unfamiliar)
Xenocrates (of Chalcedon, Greek philosopher)
Xenon (Greek: strange)
Xenophanes (of Colophon, Greek poet)
Xenophon (Greek historian) The sea!  The sea!
Xenopus laevis (platanna, amphibious urine pregnancy test)
Xerxes I & II (kings of Persia)
X-files (Chris Charter)
X from Outer Space (Kazui Nihonmatzu)
Xiphos (Greek: sword)
X, Malcolm (Malcolm Little, American civil rights leader, assassinated in 1965)
X (the Man With the X-ray Eyes; Ray Milland, Dave Thomas)
X-men (Stan Lee)
X, Mister (Dean Motter, bald guy with round glasses)  see Psychotecture.
X, Planet (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla)
X, Professor (bald guy with round glasses, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy)
X-rays (Rontgen rays, electromagnetic radiation like light, but much shorter wavelengths)
Xristos (Greek: anointed) Messiah of New Testament.
Xtro I, II & III (Harry Davenport)
X–The Unknown (Leslie Norman)
Xuein (Greek: scrape)
Xulon (Greek: wood)
XXX (alcohol, a Mexican beer, Vin Diesel or Ice Cube)
XX/XY (Austin Chick)
Xyster: surgical tool for scraping bones.
X, Y and Z (Brian G. Hutton)



(wi) Hebrew yod: 10th letter, 10; Arabic ya; idodine; male chromosome; chemistry: yttrium; admittance; hypercharge; ordinate; year; yen or an algebraic variable.

Ya’ akov (Aramaic: James)
Yahweh (Aramaic: god)
Yang, Chen Ning (Chinese physicist)
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.  -Exodus 23:20
“We can handle things as they are if we do not impose our ego on them.  The sage gives things every benefit and forgets his own ego.”
-Shao Yang
Yanjiu (Chinese: “the alcohol and cigarettes used to curry favour with officials.”)
Yeager, Charles Elwood (Chuck, American airman)
Yeats, William Butler (Irish poet)
The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work.
Yeoh, Michelle Choo Kheng (Malaysian actress)
Yeshua (Aramaic: Jesus)
Yoda (Frank Oz) see Star Wars.
Yoga (Sanskrit: union)
Yogurt: fermented bacteria and milk.
Yom (Hebrew: day, Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement)
12:17. Chi K’ang Tzu asked Confucius about government.  Confucius replied, “To govern is to rectify.  If you lead the people by being rectified yourself, who will dare not be rectified?”
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.  -Luke 21:13
Young, Neil Percival (Canadian folk musician)
Young, Thomas (English physicist & physician)
Young, Whitney Moore (American civil-rights leader)
Younger, Thomas Coleman (American outlaw)
Fast ruin’d Ilion Helen lives,
Alcestis rises from the shades;
Verse calls them forth; ‘tis verse that gives
Immortal youth to mortal maids.
-Walter Savage Landor
“What do you want?/philosophy in print!”  -YYY
Yu (Chinese: and, same, to give; happy; in, to; “The four directions plus upward and downward constitute the spatial continuum (yu).”  -Lu Hsiang-shan)
Yuan (Chinese: first, origination; source)
Yukawa, Hideki (Japanese nuclear physicist)
Yung (Chinese: mean, ordinary, universal; use)
“In the study of prior existence sincerity is basic.  Perfect sincerity can penetrate all spirits.  Without sincerity, the Way cannot be attained.
“Our nature comes from Heaven, but learning lies with man.  Our nature develops from within, while learning enters into us from without.  ‘It is due to our nature that enlightenment results from sincerity,’ but it is due to learning that sincerity results from intelligence.
“The learning of a superior man aims precisely at enriching his personality.  The rest, such as governing people and handling things, is all secondary.
“Without sincerity, one cannot investigate principle to the utmost.
“Sincerity is the controlling factor in one’s nature.  It is beyond space and time.”
-Shao Yung
YWCA (1866)




(zed) Greek zeta: 7; Aramaic zayeen: weapon; Hebrew: penis, 7th letter, 7; Arabic zay or za; runic algiz: protection, the elk, sedge or eel grass; zepto, benzyloxycarbonyl; atomic number; carbobenzoxy; impedance; zero; zone or an algebraic variable.

Zadkine, Ossip (French sculptor)
Zagreus (son of Zeus & Persephone)
Zakat (Arabic: income devoted to the poor in Muslim religion)
Zamzam (Arabic: The sacred well inside the Haram (the grand mosque) at Makkah.)
Zan (Persian: woman)
Zangwill, Israel (English writer)
Zapata, Emiliano (Mexican revolutionary)
Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN)
Zappa, Frank (American musician)
Zarathustra (Persian founder of Zoroastrianism, Greek Zoroaster)
Zealot: “Someone who has the answer to a problem.”  -John Ralston Saul
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  -Titus 2:14
Z is for Zebra.
Zedekiah (last king of Judah)
Zeeman, Pieter (Dutch physicist)
Zeffirelli, Franco (Italian director)
Zeitgeist (German: time spirit)
Zelos (Rivalry, serving maid of Aphrodite)
Zen (Japanese: meditation [from Chinese ch’an, Sanskrit dhyana])
Zenger, John Peter (German journalist)
Zeno, of Citium & of Elea (Greek philosophers)
Zenobia (queen of Palmyra)
Zephuros (Greek god of the west wind)
Zeppelin, Count Ferdinand von (German inventor)
Zerbinotto (Italian: dandy, fop)
ZETA (abbr. zero energy thermonuclear apparatus)
Zeus (Greek god of thunder, son of Kronos)
Zeuxis (Greek painter)
Zibi (Algonquin: river)
Zinc Carbonate (Calamine, ZnCO3; white crystalline)
Zio (Italian: uncle)
Zog (king of Albania)
Zola, Emile Edouard Charles Antoine (French novelist)
Zoon (Greek: animal)
Zophos (Greek: darkness, the west)
Zorn, Anders (Swedish artist)
Zorn, John (American musician)
Zorro (Johnston McCulley)
Zuckerberg, Mark Elliot (American computer programmer, facebook)
Zugzwang (German: tight spot, compulsion to move or take action)
Zweig, Stefan (Austrian writer)
Zwingli, Ulrich (Swiss Protestant reformer)
Zwitterion (ion with both positive & negative charge)
Zworykin, Vladimir Kosma (Russian physicist)
Zygote (fertilized ovum)
Zymurgy (science of fermentation in brewing)


Greek: omega (Ω)