A Logophile’s Look at Aviation

JW-1Like many word merchants,
I’m a logophile, a lover of words. When a new one catches my
attention, meaning I can foresee some sentence in which it might be
of use, I record it. For the past 15 years or so, my logo reliquary
(“a container in which relics are kept and displayed for
veneration,” also, a synonym for an aviation museum) is a
reporter’s notebook I got at a Garmin media presentation at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh.

Despite decades of collecting, I don’t often have the
opportunity to employ many of my discoveries in my pursuit of word
merchanthood. But opportunity is what you make of it, so join me
for a stroll through the pages for a logophile’s look at

Without a doubt, today’s enhanced vision systems are
perspicacious, which originally meant “having keen vision.”
That foundation led to the leading sense of the word’s meaning,
“having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive,”
which still applies to seeing-eye avionics.

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How to make a million dollars in aviation is a staple of
aeronautical humor. Related to it is the t-shirt that proclaims,
“Will Fly for Food.” If you want to confound your peers during
your next hangar jeremiad (“a long lamentation or complaint”)
describe yourself as an impecunious (“having no money; poor;
penniless) aviator.

Jeremiad can also be “a long, scolding speech or sermon
expressing disapproval or warning of disaster.” Who hasn’t
nodded in agreement with such a sermon on the consequences of an
improperly cleaned windscreen, where the residual bugs might be
traffic on a collision course? But who have we every heard
complimenting the line crew for a pellucid (“transparent,
clear”) canopy or windshield?

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Investing in an
aviator’s raiment contributes to their being impecunious. Some
articles, such as a surplus flight suit, will not break the bank,
but adding a sheepskin flight jacket, a watch with multiple dials,
and shiny sunglasses that reflect airborne aspirations, are another

These reflective lenses can be helpful when an aircraft
activates its fulgent lighting system. When these “very bright,
radiant” lights begin to flash like lightening, it is clear that
fulguration is one of their options.

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could go on, but you’ve likely had enough. But let me leave you
with one more as we at JetWhine wish you and yours a happy and
prosperous New Year. The hardest question any aviator will ever
face is “Why do you fly?”

The answer is simple. Flight is many things to many people, but
to all it is ineffable: “too overwhelming to be expressed or
described in words” and an insatiable pursuit that many hold as
“too awesome or sacred” to be spoken of. –Scott Spangler, Editor

Source: FS – Aviation
A Logophile’s Look at Aviation

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