Nom de Plume

Yes, yes… I’ve changed my blog’s name. Actually, I think I’ve added a very slight semblance of rationale in the name change, seeing that now my url and blog title are the same. Does this make any difference whatsoever? Probably not.

The name… Chaosverse is something I came up with back in 2001-02. If the word had existed before then, I was blissfully unaware of it. I reveled in my own glory as I came up with a neat little catchword with multiple-layered meanings, and now, nearly seven years later…I am going to explain the whole damn thing.

It follows an equation so simple it is, like mostly everything else in my life and indeed, the universe… absolutely absurd.

CHAOSVERSE = Chaos + Verse

The first meaning of the word is infact, its source. The place we exist in, encapsulated in space-time and permeated throughout by a Higgs Field, where the laws of physics are applicable. That place is known as the Universe. Or, as the Greeks and Carl Sagan liked to call it, the Cosmos. I wanted a word to describe the very opposite of the universe. The primordial void from whence the universe came forth via the Big Bang and perhaps the region that exists in the singularity of a black hole. So… I took the opposite of Cosmos… and added a verse to it, and voila! Chaosverse!

The second layer applies to the actual blog. I believe, hope, wish and pray (Atheist. Just an expression, but can’t take chances, can I?) That the blog behaves like a chaosverse, i.e. as a chaosverse does not follow the laws that govern our or any other universe, but was the predecessor of the universe… the chaosverse must also not follow any laws of writing and blogospherical pseudo-intelligentsia. However, I hope that from this anarchy can come forth ideas and order.

The third reason stems from the actual wordplay. Observe:

cha·os /ˈkeɪ ɒs/ [key-os] –noun


A state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.


Any confused, disorderly mass: a chaos of meaningless phrases.


The infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the existence of the ordered universe.

Etymology: c.1440, “gaping void,” from L. chaos, from Gk. khaos “abyss, that which gapes wide open, is vast and empty,” from *khnwos, from PIE base *gheu-, *gh(e)i- “to gape” (cf. Gk khaino “I yawn,” O.E. ginian, O.N. ginnunga-gap). Meaning “utter confusion” (1606) is extended from theological use of chaos for “the void at the beginning of creation” in Vulgate version of Genesis.

verse  /vɜrs/ [vurs]  –noun


(Not in technical use) a stanza.


A succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem.


A particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse.


A poem, or piece of poetry.


Metrical composition; poetry, esp. as involving metrical form.


Metrical writing distinguished from poetry because of its inferior quality: a writer of verse, not poetry.


A particular type of metrical composition: elegiac verse.


The collective poetry of an author, period, nation, etc.: Miltonian verse; American verse.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”  

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  1. Wonko the Sane, or "Guess Who Kiddies", or, Oneiros, or, Dream of the endless

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Except no one would go near it if it would be called Turd-Flower

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