George Foot Moore’s History of Religions
Book bought for like, fifty cents, I believe at Atlas Bower, mostly because the author’s middle name is Foot. But I’ve come to realize that it’s so much more than that. Let’s consider some of mister Moore’s vocabulary:
  • inveteracy
  • feudatory
  • cultus
  • suburban sacrifice
  • divers
  • quinquennial
  • trienniel
  • personator
  • desuetude
  • repristination (used three or four times throughout the text)
  • acceptation
  • vacuity
  • pleroma (an old favorite of mine)
  • cinnabar
  • “fused or confused”
  • prosper (verb, transitive: I will prosper you)
  • bast cloth
  • mites (not sure what that was…)
  • magniloquent
  • procreate (verb, transitive: Your mother and I procreated you)
  • adscititous
  • recrudescence
  • intestine (of disputes or wars)
  • simony
  • feoff
  • coadjutors
  • intransigent
  • germinal
  • triturating
  • nomarch
  • ithyphallic
  • supernumery
  • completer
  • diathesis
  • aetiology (dipthongtastic!)
  • irrefragable
  • importunity
  • piacular
  • apatropaic
  • otiose
  • oneiromancy
  • extortionate (adjective, not verb)
  • blinked (another odd use…will look up context later)
  • nescience
  • retrench (verb)
  • genethialogy
  • laudation
  • clew
  • oftener
  • tetralemma
  • eristic
  • paedagogical (dipthongtasticer)
  • congener
  • reperceive
  • fructifying
  • turanian
  • nirongistan
  • inhume (verb)
  • psycho-pompos
  • casuistry
  • menstrous
  • nomistic
  • consanguineous
  • diabolus ex machina
  • faience
  • “domestic jar” (spousal abuse)
  • delectation
  • upcoming (noun)
  • factious
  • circumambient
  • mordant
  • legists
  • transeunt
  • sophistical
  • compact of
  • “fleshy flemish magdalenes”
  • vinous
  • expatiated
  • timocracy
  • meteorosophist
    h2. Quotes
    Moore, History of Religion, v.1, p. 433—“The froth of the abscinded member…”
    Moore, History of Religion, v.1, p. 434—A very naive procedure, even for comparative mythology…
    Moore, History of Religion, v.1, p. 359—(Of India and its people) It is not strange that a people who thought so ill of the world should never have played a part in the history of the world, nor have developed a national consciousness in any other form than antipathy to their foreign masters.
    Moore, History of Religion, v.1, p. 410—In the first enthusiasm of the comparative study of Indo-Germanic languages and mythology, it was thought that the Vedas had much light to shed on the religions of the European branch of the race, which was then generally believed to have migrated westward froma common centre in high Asia, whence the ancestors of the Aryo-Indians struck off southward. Scholars made bold to reconstruct the primitive Indo-Germanic religion as well as the primitive Indo-Germanic speech. More cautious philology, broader knowledge of the history of religions, sounder principles in the interpretation of myths, have left little of these combinatory hypotheses, which their authors often mistook for scientific results; and the residuum is of small significance for religion…when the largest allowance is made, it remains true that to an understanding of the religion of the Greeks the Vedas have no considerable contribution to make.
    h2. See also
    Religion, Bookstores