an obscure walk

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The origin of the word ‘crepuscular’ is ultimately uncertain. A relation to the Latin crepusculum is evident however, this word’s origin could be either ‘dusk, twilight’ or ‘uncertain, obscure’ … the certainty of which meaning came first is lost in a darkness of time. There is a rather pleasing third (but later) definition to add to the above: ‘imperfectly enlightened’. Obviously, given the relation to light, this third meaning could simply refer to a situation lacking sufficient illumination but, it could also suggest a lack of mental light; a state of being less well-informed. If enlightened there is apparently a lack of superstition. Maybe the fog of oncoming darkness can smother more than the sense of sight …

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