Spiritus – from the Latin – with Marilyn

Spiritus – flowing, sibilant, rushing, sounds a lot more like breathing — living — than that thumping plosive Middle English or Anglo-Saxon equivalent. A pick-me-up; young Marilyn Monroe doing cartwheels on the beach.




From spirō (“breathe, respire; live”).




spīritus m (genitive spīritūs); fourth declension

breath, breathing

light breeze

spirit, ghost


pride, arrogance

via spiritus – Wiktionary.

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  1. Luanne
    November 12, 2013

    I can’t figure out where you get all these great photos from.

    • November 12, 2013

      Ms. Luanne! I either grab them from the Internet, or scan them from our home collection, or… you couldn’t possibly be talking about my silly selfies 😉 ? xox, V

      • Luanne
        November 12, 2013

        There is also that great gravatar photo.

      • November 12, 2013

        Oh! That’s a picture of Hedda Hopper from the Internet. I just cropped it.

      • Luanne
        November 12, 2013

        I love that hat!!!!!!!!!

      • November 12, 2013

        Do you want me to send you a link to the full photo? I think I can still find it…

      • Luanne
        November 12, 2013

        I’d love it.

      • November 12, 2013

        Couldn’t find the link, but it was in my files – it should have arrived in your email a few minutes ago. xo, V

  2. August 20, 2015

    A lovely word! I like how you capture it’s feel both with your words and with your choice of photo. Hope Boston is still treating you well!

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