Word of the Week Wednesday: Nemesis


This week’s word is: Nemesis

Besides being the name of the Greek goddess of divine retribution, nemesis has come to mean: that which will bring about one’s downfall.  Or, in a more comic book nerd sense, one’s arch-enemy; think Lex Luthor to Superman.

Geek that I am, both the mythological and comic book aspects of the word appeal to me immensely, as does the overblown drama of it.

Nemesis is also the name given to a hypothetical red dwarf star, orbiting our sun which has been theorized to cause periodic extinction events here on Earth.

The theory of this star’s existence has been used in both a song by ’80s band, Shriekback and a novel by Isaac Asimov.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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