No wonder Superman isn’t around anymore…..
If there are really gestures, sounds of voice, and particular looks, by which _jettatura_ may be recognized? The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860
If he who takes tobacco is not more to be feared than he who wears spectacles? and if spectacles, peruke, and snuff-box combined do not triple the force of the _jettatura? The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860
Things have, indeed, somewhat changed since the days of Didymus, in this respect, that men are now thought to be more potent for evil _jettatura_ than women; but his general views still coincide with those entertained at the present time in Italy. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860
Wandering over hills and mountains.
J. F. Pennie, Rogvald: An Epic Poem, in Twelve Books, G. and W. B. Whittaker
Aircraft are all nubivagant, gorillas are all nemorivagant, and a holiday in Snowdonia could be described as a montivagant weekend.
Mark Forsyth, The Horologian: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words, Berkley (2012)
“Mont-” meaning mountain.
“-vagant” stems from Latin vagārī or Latin vagō, which means to wander. Same etymology as vagrant and vagabond.
The meaning of obnubilate becomes clearer when you know that its ancestors are the Latin terms ob– (meaning “in the way”) and nubes (“cloud”). It’s a high-flown sounding word, which may be why it often turns up in texts by and about politicians. This has been true for a long time. In fact, when the U.S. Constitution was up for ratification, 18th-century Pennsylvania statesman James Wilson used obnubilate to calm fears that the president would have too much power: “Our first executive magistrate is not obnubilated behind the mysterious obscurity of counsellors…. He is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people.”