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
It is a position anciently known, and modern experience hath allowed it for a sad truth, that absence and time, — like cold weather, and an unnatural dormition — will blast and wear out of memory the most endearing obligations; and hence it was that some politicians in love have looked upon the former of these two as a main remedy against the fondness of that passion. Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist, Volume II
The word ‘dormition’ comes from a Latin word meaning “to sleep”.
We durst not … make a sudden leap, princum-prancum!, from the pleasant land of Hesse, the German garden, to marshy Dublin, its paludal heavens, its big winds and rains and sorrows and puddles of sky-flowers…
— Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), Dream of Fair to Middling Women, 1992
The English adjective paludal is formed from Latin palūd- (stem of palūs) “swamp, marsh, fen.” The noun palude “swamp, fen” existed in English from the time of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400), who first used it, to Richard Hakluyt (1552?–1616), the English geographer and editor whose works greatly influenced Shakespeare (1564–1616). Hakluyt used Palude as a part of a place name, as in “the Palude or marshes of Venice.” Italian also uses palude as a common noun and as a place name, in the form Paludo, e.g., San Giacomo in Paludo (a small island in the Venetian lagoon). Italian also has the family name Padula, a metathesized form of palude, for someone who lived in or near a fen or swamp. Paludal entered English in the 19th century.