Petrified remains of a man, Pompei, Naples
Courtesy of the Mierans’, Travelblog.org
Good evening, folks!
This is a quick post to keep up with A.W.A.D..
I have to say that this word has a lot to do with my home country and a lot to do with pain and fear. The picture on the left tells it all: in spite of what you can argue, this is no sculpture, it’s truly a ‘petrified man’. To be more precise, a plaster reproduction of a man from the ancient Pompei (near Naples, my hometown) who died during the eruption of the Mt Vesuvius in 79 A.D., his cast impressed in the pumice stone that buried him (as many fellow citizens). Believe me, I’m not making jokes, don’t you find it a ‘petrifying’ idea?
1. To turn into stone.
2. To harden or deaden.
3. To stun or paralyze with fear.verb intr.:
To become stony or callous.
From Latin petra (rock), from Greek petra (cliff, rock). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, comport, petroleum, sport, passport, petrichor
(the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain), colporteur
(a peddler of religious books), Swedish fartlek
(a training technique), Norwegian fjord
(bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1425.
“The thought of death does not petrify me.”
Keith Roach; Dr. Roach; Idaho State Journal (Pocatello); Jan 9, 2013.
In conclusion a painful thought ensuing from the usage example: Many of us has experienced somehow the ‘petrifying’ grief caused by the departure of a loved one – I place myself in the front row in this respect, I lost my beloved daddy when I was twelve. Many of us have learnt to cope with sorrow, but every time it seems like we are not fully prepared to face it again. In spite of our instinct of preservation, we have no self-protection device against pain.
Today my sorry thought goes to my friend Margareth, who’s now facing this with her family. Hold on, don’t give up, my dear friend!