Word of the Week: April 8, 2024 – Solar Eclipse Edition

Word of the Week: a bookish meme hosted here on Mondays in which we share a word that we find entertaining, enlightening, edifying, or just plain fun to say! Share your own word on your blog, then help me grow the meme and come share it here on mine!

This week’s word is specially chosen for the events of today. In case you missed it, parts of the world will see a total solar eclipse this afternoon. This one is likely to be a big deal, because the path of totality includes a lot of large cities. It will also be the last total solar eclipse across the United States for another twenty years.

Umbraphile! The American Astronomical Society has this to say about what an umbraphile is: “A solar-eclipse aficionado; a person who will do almost anything, and travel almost anywhere, to see totality. Another term for an umbraphile is ‘eclipse chaser.'”

From the reports I’ve been hearing, there are likely to be a lot of umbraphiles around the country this week! Check out the American Astronomical Society’s Eclipse Glossary for more fun eclipse-related words.

Are you traveling to see totality this week? (Or if you’re reading this later in the week, did you travel?) Do you know anyone who’s traveling to see totality this week? My in-laws will be in the path of totality. It would be fascinating to be there, but unfortunately, we can’t make it. I’ll have to rely on photographs online to see totality, and we’ll enjoy a partial eclipse here.

Got a word? Share it below. Then share the meme to help it grow!

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One Response to Word of the Week: April 8, 2024 – Solar Eclipse Edition

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    We are in the path of the total eclipse and a lot of businesses are closing early, or closing for a few hours and reopening. I know it’s weird, but I don’t plan to go outside and watch it. We saw it a few years ago.

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