Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fuliginous

Meaning: to do with, or resembling, soot; dusky or dark.

Usefulness: 2

Logofascination: 1 (I like saying it aloud)

In the wild: One of the monks at Blackfriars in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere; his brother monks have equally sooty names.

Degrees: 3 (I'm trying to come up with interesting theories as to why Sir T does not mention soot anywhere, or smut, for that matter)

Connections: fuliginous - soot - coal

Which is used in: G&P, several times, but we turn here to the appropriately dark arts - a very specific form of divination found in the list of -mancys from the Third Book, XXV: How Panurge consulteth with Herr Trippa. "By cephalomancy, often practised amongst the High Germans in their boiling of an ass's head upon burning coals."

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