Apr 16, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: FUNAMBULIST

This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

funambulist, n. A word used to describe a tight-rope walker or rope dancer.

The term is derived from the Latin words "Funis" (rope) and "ambulare" (to walk). Apparently this behavior, which we associate with the circus, was a popular form of entertainment in Roman times as well.

The term can also be used to describe someone who displays agility in feats of mental prowess.

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