Terraphilbious transports

I came across this word that I hadn’t seen before…

I came across this word that I hadn’t seen before today: terraphilbious.

Terraphilbious Transport

Now, you’re probably saying the same thing that I did: I never heard that word before, but I could see this being an answer on Jeopardy!  Of course, I googled it right away and was astonished that I couldn’t find any hits on it.

I couldn’t get a definition in any on-line resource and it was not until I reached out to one of my British friends who has access to Robert Cawdrey‘s 1604 ‘A Table Alphabeticall‘ in the Oxford library that I got a reasonable definition.  For more information on this early dictionary, please check A Table Alphabeticall.

Terraphilbious is defined as that what loves life on land.  In the early Middle Ages it was used as a somewhat ironic reference to the smallish landing vehicles that were used by the Vikings and Normans during their conquering raids.

Of course, astute readers immediately recognize that this definition has been replaced by amphibious these days.  Part of the reason for this, my friend tells me, is that there was not enough love for life on land from most of the invading marauders to make the word believable.


Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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