Saturday, May 26, 2012


those who design infallibly with color

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The OED word of the day for the erasure commentary is 'idiopt,' which, you may be surprised to hear, is a rare old obsolete word for a colorblind person.

Glad I wasn't an idiopt in Kubota Garden this morning. This stone lantern (larger image on Flickr) was brought back from Japan by Mr. Kubota in the 1930s as "personal baggage"; different carry on rules back then! :)


Sadami said...

Hi, Susan,
The painting is so beautiful. My curiousity... can you break the word "idiopt" into morphemes?(or one word?) I wonder if "idio" means individual/unique...or the word cannot be divided??
Kind regards, Sadami

alkiart said...

Thanks, Sadami. Idiopt is from the two Greek roots idios (peculiar) and optos (relating to sight).

Sadami said...

Hi, Susan,
Thank you so much!! I've been collecting words that have a morpheme, "idio." Your blog makes me smart(one day, I'll tell linguistics professors about this blog!)
Cheers, Sadami

alkiart said...

We're here to serve! :)