Word For The Day 3-28-2017


kist·vaen \ˈkistˌvīn\
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tomb or burial chamber formed from flat stone slabs in a box-like shape.

Did You Know

Used in late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, i.e. from c 2500 BC to c 1500 BC. Kistvaens have been found in many places, including Dartmoor, a 954 km (368 square miles) area of moorland in south Devon, England. The box-like stone tombs were created when the ancient people of the area lived in hut circles. Cists are often to be found in the centre of a cairn circle although some appear solitary which could be the result of the loss of an original slight mound. There are over 180 known cists on Dartmoor although there could be up to 100 that remain buried underneath unexplored cairns. In the South West there are no cists to be found on the Quantock Hills, only 2 to be found on Exmoor and 58 to be found on Bodmin Moor. The Dartmoor cists are unique in that about 94% have the longer axis of the tomb oriented in a NW/SE direction It appears that Dartmoor cists were positioned in such a way that the deceased were facing the sun.


1705-15; < Welsh cist faen stone coffin, equivalent tocist coffin (see cist) + faen, lenited form of maenstone; see menhir

JSW Prompt 3-26-2017


“Well, there’s a charmer if I ever heard one.”

“You’re just jealous because you didn’t think of it first.”

“Really?  It’s not like it took a Shakespeare!”

“No, it took a Rachel Wolchin.”

“Who the hell?”

“The… quoter? Quotee? The person who wrote the damn thing.”

“And who is she, this Rachel Wolchin?”

“The person who wrote the quote. Or spoke it or what-the-hell-ever. I don’t know.  A writer maybe.”

“So what does it mean?”

“What do you mean, what does it mean? It means what it says. Don’t die until you’re dead.”

“How can you die before you are dead?”

“Well, you’re not dead until after you die.”

“It has to mean more than that. Some grandiose meaning which, once spoken, will change the world forever!”

“It means what it means.”

“Which is?”

“I suppose, don’t stop living your life until you die. Don’t give up. Give in. Don’t let the world crush you down so you only exist.”

“Humph. Maybe.”

“What do you think it means?”

“Personally, I think it is a bunch of falderal and nonsense.”

“You would.”

“Well…. yes, I would. As an erudite, cultured,  and educated member of my society, I poo-pah such nonsense. That said, I am going to retire to my Tomb for a cup of tea and a scone.”

“I am going to sit right here and watch the sunset, but when did it get so dark, so dull?  All those colors…. I can barely remember. I wish I’d taken more time to watch the sunset when I was alive.”