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"This opening of our minds was a subtle and yet a painful process. We began to have feelings which I believe are best described by the word "weirdness." The feeling was that we were up against the edge of a vast uncharted region in which we were about to embark with a good deal of mistrust concerning the appropriateness of our own equipment" John C. Lilly, A Feeling of Weirdness


Etymologically speaking, the word "weird" derives from the old Anglo-Saxon noun "wyrd." Arlea Æðelwyrd Hunt-Anschütz explains this in her article \"What is Wyrd?\". What makes this interesting to any student of rhetoric is the way "wyrd" becomes a verb that signifies a "turning" of words, in the very same way the Greek-derived term trope also means "to turn" and bend language. According to Hunt-Anschütz, this is deep stuff, because "the Anglo-Saxon noun wyrd is derived from a verb, weorþan, 'to become', which, in turn, is derived from an IndoEuropean root *uert- meaning 'to turn'...wyrd embodies the concept that everything is turning into something else while both being drawn in toward and moving out from its own origins. Thus, we can think of wyrd as a process that continually works the patterns of the past into the patterns of the present" (What is Wyrd?).



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