Word of the Day: ineffable
origin: from the Latin "ineffabilis", from "in-" + "effabilis",
meaning capable of being expressed
1. Incapable of being expressed in words.
"Moreover, since words necessarily delimit and qualify, the Absolute
can not be spoken. In other words, it is necessarily ineffable and
--Thomas J. McFarlane, "Reflections on the Absolute"
"This palace was far, far away toward the rising sun, immeasurably
remote, astronomically remote, in Newport, Rhode Island, Holy Land
of High Society, ineffable Domain of the American Aristocracy."
--Mark Twain, "The $30,000 Bequest"
"When you notice a cat in profound meditation
The reason, I tell you, is always the same
His mind is engaged in rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name
His ineffable, effable, effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular name
Name, name, name, name, name, name"
--Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Cats" (Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats)
Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot
"'In primitive societies where a criminal's name became ineffable,
writings afterward referred to the man as an unpronouncable
combination of letters. It is for this reason I have decided to
rename our recently cancelled software product ``Quik#^&B!``,
explained the Marketing Director."
3. Not to be uttered; Taboo.
"Man, brute, reptile, fly,---alien of end and of aim,
Adverse, each from the other heaven-high, hell-deep removed,---
Should rush into sight at once as he named the ineffable Name
And pile him a palace straight, to pleasure the princess he loved!"
--Robert Browning, "Abt Vogler"
Publish Date: 01/20/2011