Parcosm
Posted: 06 July 2007 02:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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From Neil Gabler’s excellent biography of Walt Disney, p xvii

Essentially he had become his own parcosm.

OED is silent and a quick google reveals only that it’s connected with psychology. How long has it been around and what’s the exact definition?

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Posted: 06 July 2007 03:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Looks like a typo for paracosm, “a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history.”

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Posted: 06 July 2007 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Like Gondal.

Q: What would be the word for:  “a prolonged fantasy world invented by psychologists” ? 

Psycholocosm?

Bollocosm?

;-)

Ed. : Pipped, i see, by Wikipedia (hurrah for Wikipedia!)

[ Edited: 06 July 2007 10:04 AM by lionello ]
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Posted: 09 July 2007 04:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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hah! synchronicity - paracosm turned up in the Observer yesterday - and thanks to word origins I knew what it meant!

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Posted: 09 July 2007 07:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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In Disney’s case it could almost be a deliberate pun rather than a misspelling, Disneyland and Disney World being theme parks that are almost universes unto themselves.

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Posted: 09 July 2007 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Now you mention it, Dr T, that looks distinctly likely.

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Posted: 09 July 2007 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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hah! synchronicity - paracosm turned up in the Observer yesterday

“synchronicity” ‘s Greek to some of us, flynn999. aldiboronti’s given us a much juicier word: diegogarcity. Try it.........

;-)

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