Otherworldly Words: Phantasmagoria

A phantasmagoria is, in many ways, most people’s nightmare and a surrealist’s dream. Just think about the surrealist, eye-ball slicing film Un Chien Andalou. Personally, I think anything horrific or unbelievable is a phantasmagoria. Haunted houses attempt this effect commonplace during the Victorian era with the assistance of magic lanterns. If you find magic lanterns…

Otherworldly Words: Nefarious

To my ear, nefarious is one of those words that sounds like what it means. Just saying, “nefarious plans” sounds pretty evil. The sound of the word isn’t the only reason I’m including it, however. The second part of the meaning, iniquitous, says so much about the crux of being “wicked” or “villainous.” The deeper…