Aquaminous | ah-KWA-mi-nuhs | adjective
The quality of air just before a rainfall; origin: the Latin aqua, meaning water, and ominous, meaning foreboding.
“Aquaminous” is just one of dozens of new words created for The Language of Air, a crowd-sourced dictionary comprising invented terms to describe qualities of air. It is part of the new exhibition The Visible Air: Recent Innovations from the Gymnasium at the Cynthia Binger Boynton Gallery. The dictionary is meant to expand the ways in which we can think about and discuss air, asking participants and readers alike to ponder the question, “If we were more equipped to describe air, would we take better care of it?” Read the rest of this entry »