Thursday, 1 November 2018

The Thing That The Sounds Come Through


person (n.)

early 13c., from Old French persone "human being, anyone, person" (12c., Modern French personne) and directly from Latin persona"human being, person, personage; a part in a drama, assumed character," originally "a mask, a false face," such as those of wood or clay worn by the actors in later Roman theater. 

OED offers the general 19c. explanation of persona as "related to" Latin personare "to sound through" (i.e. the mask as something spoken through and perhaps amplifying the voice), "but the long o makes a difficulty ...." Klein and Barnhart say it is possibly borrowed from Etruscan phersu"mask." Klein goes on to say this is ultimately of Greek origin and compares Persephone.

Nothing Born into This World May Choose It's Own Name — They are Named by Those Who Love Them.

This time, Lady Peinforte dubbed me "Nemesis"; 
[ and fashioned the statue in her own image ]
So I am Retribution.

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