Doug asked about the
word conjure. It is usually joined with the word up, and it bears the meaning, “to bring to mind” (that
song conjures up memories of 1964).
When joined with the word with,
it means “something considered important” (Bush is a name to be conjured
with in the political arena). It
was once associated with magicians and their sleight of hand, but that is now
considered a bit old-fashioned.
Over the centuries, the
word has gone through many meanings. It came from the Latin words con (together) and iurare (to swear), and it meant “to make a pact by
oath.” That took on undertones of conspiracy at one point, and that could get
If you constrained a
person to action by appealing to something considered sacred, you were conjuring.
Conversely, if you called upon an evil spirit to do your bidding, you were
conjuring. An equal opportunity enterprise.
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