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Mélange

Posted on: April 27, 2008

mélange
\may-LAHNZH (the N is not pronounced, but the vowel is nasalized)\ | noun

1 : a mixture often of incongruous elements

I’m not sure I ever nasalize the vowel but there you go. Let’s start with the first link: an Oregon women’s clothing store’s online boutique.

The only thing I have to say about this is their opening tag line “The power of women helping women” implies something much more socially aware and politically active than what it appears to be. It’s just a store. The clothes don’t seem to come from impoverished countries giving income to women who would otherwise be starving. Maybe I missed something but I read their About page and it’s just a store. They have more to say about cleaning out your wardrobe than they do about their company. Just left with a general “who cares.”

The first picture is a painting by a doctor from a journal with a section called “Soul of the Healer.”

melange

It’s a neat idea to have a part of a medical publication that features artwork from physicians. But the most interesting thing about it is the medical journal: The Permanente Journal “a peer-reviewed journal of medical science, social science in medicine, and medical humanities.” It has featured articles titled “Healing the Self Through Self-Portraits–A Drawing Workshop” and “Five-Year Experience: Reflective Writing in a Preclinical End-of-Life Care Curriculum” and “Constructing Stories of Past Lives: Cadaver as First Patient: ‘Clinical Summary of Dissection’ Writing Assignment for Medical Students.”

Not that I really want to read it but I like that it exists.

What’s most interesting about this word is when you google it, the first site period is from Wikipedia (of course) and it’s not the regular or geologic definitions of the word but rather an explanation that melange is a fictional drug in Dune. I don’t know if that makes me laugh or cry.

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