Word of the Day for June 28th

  • adjective

 1. (of a usually complicated technical or computer process) done, operating, or happening in a way that is hidden from or not understood by the user, and in that sense, apparently “magical”: I just downloaded an automagical update to my word processing software that somehow fixed the problems. 

  • Quotes

According to Sterling, the result “is that I no longer inventory my possessions inside my own head. They’re inventoried through an automagical inventory voodoo, work done far beneath my notice by a host of machines. I no longer bother to remember where I put things.”
– Marcus Boon, In Praise of Copying, 2010

 

The scientific community calls this approach “automagical” … The manufacturer wants us to believe in–and trust–the magic. Even when things work well, it is somewhat discomforting to have no idea of how or why.
– Donald A. Norman, The Design of Future Things, 2007

  • Origin

Automagical entered Engish in the 1980s. Its first element, auto, stems from the Greek autómatos meaning “self-moving”; magical can be traced to the Greek magikós. 

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Quote of the Day for June 28th

Life is full of strange absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true. 


Luigi Pirandello

Italian novelist and poet Luigi Pirandello (born June 28, 1867) was born in Chaos—to be more specific, the Sicilian suburb of u Càvusu, or Chaos in English. Perhaps fittingly, he grew up in the aftermath of the tumultuous Expedition of the Thousand, a conquering campaign that ended the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.