John is all for sleeping in the quinzhee, but having seen how thin Regent’s sleeping bags are, I exert what is left of my parental authority and take up our host’s suggestion that we use a nearby tent which he has equipped with a log-burning stove. The Independent – Frontpage RSS Feed
The word ‘quinzhee’ comes from a Slavey word meaning “in the shelter”. (Slavey is an Athabaskan language spoken among the Slavey and Sahtu people of Canada in the Northwest Territories.)
We know that our political sphere is healthy when, first, everyone who wants to be a “participant in government” can in fact have access to it; and second, when the talk that takes place there is viewed not as mere bavardage or spin, but as one of the chief and most valuable expressions of public liberty. The Turn of the Screw (II)
Representative assemblies are often taunted by their enemies with being places of mere talk and bavardage. Representative Government
Though bavardage accounted for much of the general knowledge of every one’s affairs, there was an uncanny mystery in the speed at which a particular secret spread. Mystic Isles of the South Seas.
It is getting easier now for me to decathect from Eugene. ~Patricia Marx, Him Her Him Again The End of Him, 2007
He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death. ~Dictionary.com
Decathect is an extremely rare word in English, used only in Freudian psychology. It is formed from the common prefix de-, signifying privation or removal, and the very rare verb cathect “to invest emotional energy.” Cathect is a derivative of the adjective cathectic (from Greek kathektikόs “capable of holding or retaining”), from the noun káthexis “holding, possession, retention.” The English noun cathexis is an arcane translation or partial translation of Sigmund Freud’s Besetzung, a common, ordinary word in German meaning “(military) occupation, cast (of a play),” from the verb besetzen “to occupy, stock, fill.” Decathect entered English in the 20th century.
a year or period of travel, especially following one’s schooling and before practicing a profession.
(formerly) a year in which an apprentice traveled and improved his skills before settling down to the practice of his trade.
When your father finished college, he had his Wanderjahr, a fine year’s ramble up the Rhine and down the Loire, with a pretty girl on one arm and a good comrade on the other. ~Walker Percy, The Moviegoer, 1961