Saturday, March 25, 2006

To bring by hoping

Hope, noun (origin: Old English, from Saxon and Low German)

1. a. Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation.

Hope, noun (recorded only in combination, e.g. fenhop, Hopekirk)

1. A piece of enclosed land, e.g. in the midst of fens or marshes or of waste land generally.

2. A small enclosed valley

3. An inlet, small bay, haven

Hope, verb

1. a. To entertain expectation of something desired; to look (mentally) with expectation.

1. b. With to, for: To look for, expect (without implication of desire), obscure

2. To trust, have confidence, obscure

3. To expect with desire, or to desire with expectation; to look forward to (something desired), chiefly poetic, "To hope against hope"

4. To expect or anticipate (without implication of desire); to suppose, think, suspect, obscure

5. To bring by hoping (1720 Lett. fr. Lond. Jrnl. (1721) 60 "Some hope themselves..into a Halter, but few into their Wishes".)


Pandora's Box:

"[Pandora] opened a jar containing every kind of evil, which straightaway flew out among mankind. Only [elpis] remained therein --- a word hardly equivalent to our Hope, but rather meaning 'anticipation of misfortune'."

"Hope is considered an evil in this story because according to Hesiod it implies the control of the future, and since no one can control the future, to have hope is to be deluded. Other people think that Hope being left in the box symbolizes Hope often being humanity's only comfort...There is also a question as to what was Hope, which is good for mankind, doing in a jar full of evils for mankind."


See also: HOPE | PASSION (and belonging)


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Blogger e-tat said...

That one about a bit of land is a gem! More broadly, I'm reminded - vaguely - of other words whose common meaning is verb-like, but which also have associated nouns. Keep, for example, and pride.

I wonder if we can make a terrain from various affects, virtues, and behavioural traits. What's a sorry, and how does it inflect a weary?

Do we need a vocabulary for new kinds of urban spaces, where a hymn is a newly-popular street or streets within a particular neighbourhood, or where a squint is an especially narrow passage, property or view?

The role of affect in the landscape is always fascinating this way, and it's things like this that serve so well as reminders.


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