Do abominável homem das neves

«Abominable, Leibniz is abominable» (15/04/1980).

«Spinoza is the atheist, the abominable» (25/11/1980).

– Deleuze

 

“Abominable” was often spelled “abhominable” between the 14th and the 17th centuries, because it was derived from Latin “ab” + “hominem”, literally, “away from humankind”, therefore “unnatural, beastly”.

Shakespeare puns on this sense when Hamlet speaks of incompetent actors who “imitate humanity abominably”.

Others derive the word from “ab” + “omen” (presage, prophecy, divination).

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