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#1 2011-02-19 15:44:03

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2598

aurora <<>> aura

A light that dazzles the eyes may dim the brain. How else to explain the flounder-like confusion between “aura” and “aurora.”

The orthographic similarity of the two terms hides deep etymological differences. “Aura” comes from a Greek word for “breeze,” “aurora” from the Latin word for dawn (or the goddess thereof).

In modern English “aurora” is most typically a term for the electrical phenomenon at the earth’s poles that gives us the spectacular northern and southern lights. “Aura” has left its meteorological sense behind and is today applied to an emanation, visible or invisible, from a body. It can also be the impression conveyed by such emanations (e.g., “an aura of mystery”). There is, obviously, some shared radiation between the two semantic realms. The radiation opens up a portal that allows one term to invade the space of the other

Examples of “aurora” for “aura:”

Forum post+: “The computer display now actually looks bright and also has an aurora of mystery”

Collectibles auction description: “According to the writer, time and time again Custer and his troops had taken on an aurora of invincibility.”

Blog entry: “The Federal Reserve under the tenure of Alan Greenspan always carried an aurora of power that whenever things got silly in the market, the maestro Greenspan would quickly take center stage in D.C. and calm the markets. ”

Annnnnd the other direction:

Forum post: “Can we see the aura borealis from Ohio? i would like to see it and have heard of someone who supposedly has but don’t know if it’s true.”

Discussion board post: “This is a very interesting program,it talks about the aura borealis, and they laugh and joke about all that free energy up there, they also briefly discuss the methane on mars and on the size of our galaxy which is bigger than first thought and moving faster than thought ”

Last edited by kem (2011-02-19 15:44:36)

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#2 2011-02-19 17:22:29

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1558

Re: aurora <<>> aura

Nicely evocative imagery. And serendipitous, given the light buzz around heavy burtation. Among the conceivable origins of the hapless arts reporter’s temporary aphasia is ‘migraine aura’. Lots of potential there, that is not disappointed.

Cluster headaches-migraine aurora I was really botherd too earlier since driving home I was having the severe aurora’s with all the lights

Migraine blog The first time that I got one and saw a migraine aurora, I was so scared and then proceeded an awful throbbing headache.



#3 2011-02-21 17:46:42

.NetRolller 3D
Registered: 2010-12-10
Posts: 15

Re: aurora <<>> aura

And now, we see “areola” thrown into the mix: … a-borealis



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