Friday, December 2, 2022

#337 / The Chiliad And The Odyssey


We are told the following by the website of Raptis Rare Books (something that many of us already know):

Attributed to the singular ancient Greek poet Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey are considered to be, not only the most important works of ancient Greek literature but the oldest extant works of Western literature.
Most of us do know about, or at least have heard of, the "Iliad and the Odyssey," but what about the "Chiliad"? Most of us don't know too much about that!
The purpose of my blog posting today, in fact, is simply to introduce the word "chiliad" to any blog readers who might be interested. Personally, I am almost always interested in learning new vocabulary, and if anyone reading this blog posting is similarly inclined, then consider subscribing to the daily bulletins from "Word Genius," which keeps those new words coming. 

On October 28, 2022, Word Genius asked if I knew the definition of "chiliad." I did not. If you don't know that word, either (and would like to), click this link for the definition. And for those who don't have the oomph for even one more click, here's a screenshot (which may or may not be clear enough for you to read):
I am not sure I'll ever have an opportunity to use "chiliad" in a sentence (a group of 1,000 things, or a period of 1,000 years). Still, I am happy to possess the knowledge of what some homie might mean if that word appears in my vicinity again, in speech or text!

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