The art of survival


‘Camouflage vision’ by Felipe a.ka. Pilpls

Good afternoon, folks!

It’s 6 p.m. local time here and I’m trying to find a good idea for my post. This time I don’t need a tagline, the title’s come almost naturally in my mind. But let’s proceed in the right order: first of all, today’s post closes last week’s selection by A.Word.A.Day focusing on animals and animals related words. The concerned word defines a wonderful ability that’s peculiar of some animal species, though it’s becoming a powerful talent of humans too. Someone calls it a necessary means to survive in today’s jungle (though I don’t subscribe to this point of view). Curiously, it also marks the transition to this week’s theme (words describing people) …


adjective: Given to quick or frequent change.
From Latin chamaeleon, from Greek khamaileon, from khamai (on the ground) + leon (lion). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chamomile, chthonic, disinter, inhume, exhume, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1821.
Bonnie McKee’s chameleonic hair color mirrors her divergent writing styles.”
Shirley Halperin & Bob Love; Pop’s Top 35 Hitmakers; Hollywood Reporter; Feb 15, 2013.
Italian translation: camaleontico
Wonderful nature … Have you taken a look at this gorgeous shot? It’s a Panther Chamaeleon, one of the most beautiful species of  this family of lizards. Don’t get fooled by this lovely guy, in spite of its look, it’s everything but harmless (if you want a proof, take a look at this). But in spite of the common beliefs, it’s truly  open-hearted, it does not disguise himself behind a mask, it rather makes his feelings clearly visible … by changing colour! Yes folks, it changes the colour of its skin in accordance to his feelings, not in order to hide from its enemies. On the contrary, its name’s always (and often wrongly) used to define someone who tends to disguise himself. Someone’s said to be chameleonic when he/she changes his/her behaviour, gesture and mood in order to pursue a scope, often in politics  but also in everyday life to achieve success  or to get a promotion,  to boost sales, to impress people or the opposite sex. The intention is to deceive, though, not to disclose. So beware of chameleonic guys, in spite of their apparent allure, they might conceal the ugliness inside. A blatant contradiction, don’t you think so? After all, Nature’s more honest than us …

Your passionate (Italian) Translator


Beautiful chameleon by Angi Wallace


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