Monday, October 6, 2014

Amazing Words: Cataract

My Eye Like Waterfall by cynder-lany

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful onomatopoeic effect.


This week my amazing word is:
CATARACT





"A cataract of lightness materializes down my legs to imbue me with the urge to skip or twirl” – Blood Ties.

Cataract is most famous for its more ominous definition, an opaque area in the eye, which can lead to blindness. This is the first more subtle use of the word; to define blindness in protagonist to what is going on. The poetic version of the word refers to a waterfall.

In the example above, we can see how the waterfall meaning is used to show the giddy feelings flowing down the protagonists legs. The implied blindness alludes to her ignorance of the dangerous source of her happiness.