Friday, January 20, 2012

Pharaoh

Faux Pharaonic Mask, Antique Shop, Mount Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film)
The word for the day is Pharaoh. It is a noun meaning "great house", and applies to the official title of the kings of ancient Egypt. The word dates from the reign of Akhenaten (about 3,500 years ago), but was made popular by its use in the Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus. Famous Pharaohs include Ramesses the Great, Tutankhamun and Steve Martin.

The phrase "Pharaoh's Chicken" refers to the Egyptian Vulture, the symbol of which appears commonly in hieroglyphics. A philosophical question that might be asked is, "Which came first, Pharaoh's Chicken or the road kill?"




Completely unrelated to today's word (but it rhymes) is the phrase "fair row", which is when Crew teams don't cheat during a race.


20 comments:

  1. It may not be real but is sure looks effective.

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  2. Real or not, spooky sense in such close proximity !

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  3. Perhaps that's what the lady at the antiques shop on my post yesterday was looking at, lol! I wouldn't want a pharaoh at home though...

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  4. Very nice shot Doug.

    Greetings,Joop

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  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this close up, Doug...and all the wonderful text!

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  6. love the close up and the details

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  7. What a detailed and amazing portraiture! You've brought him to life, I must say... Just couldn't take my eyes off his!!!

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  8. Amazing art! Thanks for so interesting post!
    Léia

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  9. what fun it is to read your "explanations" - this is "far out" (it doesn't exactly rhyme, but it comes close enough ... ;-))

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  10. Nice man! Seems to pop out of the screen.

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  11. impressive here your use of details, great historical work, interesting as always

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  12. Super picture, I would love to visit Egypt.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. Wonderful details and light here Doug.

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  14. Whimsical delight--always a great pleasure to visit your photoblog Doug.

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  15. Love the close up shot and the text.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Very nice and neat close-up! Love the comment you wrote too!
    Have a nice day.

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  17. haha.. clever wordplay there.. and that's a beautiful capture you got here..

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