Watered-down Definitions for Wednesday: Oracle

The word, oracle, exudes so much wonder. When taking a look at the definition, this is made apparent.

Oracle is usually a person who carries the expressions of deities, or it can be a shrine a deity uses to expose knowledge about a certain person. Another definition of oracle is someone dishing out authoritative standpoints. Oracle comes from oraculum (Latin), which is “divine announcement.” Oraculum is from orare  (“plead”). This brings it closer to words, such as oration and orator, but these are not nearly as enigmatic.

To have a bit more fun with oracle, I recommend listening to “Oracle Moon” from Garden of Shadows.

Video: YouTube

Oracle. (n.d.). Etymonline.com. Retrieved January 15, 2014, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=oracle

Oracle. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved January 15, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oracle

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