Word of the Day: plutonian

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your week last week – I certainly enjoyed mine. I wish I could take vacation every week, but I wouldn’t be able to support that kind of lifestyle. Oh the irony. Anyway, this new week of words is inspired by the New Horizons probe’s flyby of Pluto last week, and the origin of Pluto and its moons’ names: characters in Greek mythologies, and the English words related to those characters. So sit back and enjoy these words, and enjoy this new week!

plutonian (ploo-TOH-nee-uhn)

adjective: 1.relating to the dwarf planet Pluto
2. relating to Pluto, the god of the underworld in Greek mythology
3. relating to the underworld

Via Latin from Greek Plouton (Pluto, the god of the underworld). Earliest documented use: 1604

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The turbines are ready to be put in place and a large crew is busy in the Plutonian regions way down below.”
Looking Back on October 4; Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine); Oct 4, 2013.

“‘Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked, upstarting ‘Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!’”
Edgar Allan Poe; The Raven; 1845.

“No one wants to hear you reallocating your 401(k) distribution with some drone on the phone. But if you are switching funds around, go for the gusto — plutonian junk bonds!”
Kevin Amorim and Nedra Rhone; Cool 2 Know; Newsday (New York); Sep 20, 2006.

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