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noun. an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary. Origin: late Middle English: from Latin glossarium, from glossa (see gloss).
Gloss (2nd definition)
noun. a translation or explanation of a word or phrase. an explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase of a text. Origin: mid 16th century: alteration of the noun gloze, from Old French glose, suggested by medieval Latin glossa ‘explanation of a difficult word’, from Greek glōssa ‘word needing explanation, language, tongue’.
This is an evolving list of words that are circulating around and within the School. It is not exhaustive, and through its partiality we will attempt to track and draw attention to the flows and stoppages of the languages we use. The actions of translation, explanation, interpretation and paraphrasing that make up any lexicon are themselves close to choreography, in the sense of movement and writing forming patterns of legibility. The notation symbols used across the site will build up webs of connections and expose and flex the tongues of the School.
nb: This list of glosses doesn’t rule out the possibilities of glossolalia or xenoglossy or disavow our attraction to shiny surfaces and the lustre of the superficial.