Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weird Word of the Week: APOCALYPSE

Admit it, Dear Readers, you've probably been hearing this word a lot lately, and you still don't know exactly what it means.

Madame L hereby enlightens you (with the help of Wikipedia, of course):

APOCALYPSE ( ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") means to reveal or disclose something to the world that has previously been hidden.

Thus the New Testament "Book of Revelation," as it's called in the King James translation, or "The Apocalypse of St. John," as it's called in earlier Catholic translations, reveals truths about the last days.

Of course "apocalypse" can refer to any final-days scenario, as we all know from the false hubbub about the supposed Mayan prediction of the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012.

From Digital Trends
Check out this article for fascinating information about a newly discovered Mayan calendar and why the Mayans did not expect the world to end at the end of this year.

Now, can you use the noun "apocalypse" or the adjective "apocalyptic" or the adverb "apocalyptically" in a sentence?

1 comment:

AskTheGeologist said...

I am apocalyptically stunned at the news (olds) that the world will not end this year.

And I had stocked up on drinking water and Klondikes...