Your challenge: to figure out what theme underlies our words of this week.
Parnassus – 1. the world of poetry or poets: a rhymester striving to enter Parnassus; 2. a center of poetry or artistic activity: Greenwich Village was once the Parnassus of the U.S. 3. a collection of poems or of elegant literature
cliometrics - the study of history using economic models and advanced mathematical methods of data processing and analysis
Nobel Committee's announcement of the 1993 the Nobel Prize in Economics, shared by Robert W. Fogel and Douglass C. North:
quote:Economic historians often consider far reaching problems, the estimation of which demand an integration of economics, sociology, statistics and history. Robert Fogel and Douglass North ... were pioneers in the branch of economic history that has been called the "new economic history", or cliometrics, i. e. research that combines economic theory, quantitative methods, hypothesis testing, counterfactual alternatives and traditional techniques of economic history, to explain economic growth and decline.
Having trouble with the theme? Let's try this one.
terpsichorean - noun a dancer. adj. relating to dancing
quote:Part of The Citizen's continuing programme to develop the city's dancing skills - keen floorburners will remember our sizzling salsa extravaganza and our foray into Morris dancing - Scottish dancing is the latest port of call in the continuing quest for the ultimate terpsichorean experience. - Matthew Ford in The Citizen, as quoted elsewhere on-line 12.10.00
Wodehouse's A Damsel in Distress  ... is a rich film, containing beautiful songs and some of the greatest dance footage ever filmed (the "Fun House" sequence won its choreographer an Academy Award®, but there are other terpsichorean gems besides) ... - Michael Skupin, speaking to a convention of The Wodehouse Society, October 1999
Marvin and Marita, impoverished exponents of the dance, introduce the Clampetts to the art of terpsichorean. - Plus's TV listing for an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies
I'd guessed that terpsichorean would do it for you. It is the only word in this week's theme that was known to me before preparing the theme.
euterpean - pertaining to music
quote:When those we love love music, gift giving can become complicated. Sure, it seems easy enough at first. We can indulge in one of those big glossy boxed sets that always seem to come out around now. Too often, however, the tunester in our hearts has gotten there before us, and in these days of CD burning and Napster, that Euterpean fiend may already have all the rarities we can think of. --Clea Simon, Boston Globe Magazine, November 26, 2000
And I couldn't resist a quotation where the writer, by showing off, gives us two bonus words:
quote:we present our semi-regular CD blowout, in which we get to the point and step off, giving you a look at the current and vast cornucopia of Euterpean concinnity, the diapason of, uh... what were we saying? -- ColoradoDaily.com, April 22, 2000
concinnity - 1. harmony in the arrangement of parts with respect to a whole; 2. studied elegance and facility in style of expression
diapason - a full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound
This week's theme has been words from the Muses. In Greek mythology's final development the nine Muses, living on Mount Parnassus (our first word), were Urania, Clio, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Calliope, Thalia (our other words), Melpomene, Polyhymnia, and Erato. You can find a good deal of information about the Muses here, with links to each individual Muse, but I can't vouch for its accuracy.
thalian - pertaining to comedy; comic
Another rarely-used word. Although the Star Wars TV show had an alien race called the Thalians. The writers there must have had a sense of the comic.