Friday, October 17, 2008
zeitgeist |ˈtsītˌgīst; ˈzīt-|
noun [in sing. ]
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time : the story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit.’
It’s the $50 word for “popular culture”. Its essense is Zen.
“Define, please, ‘Zeitgeist’”.
“A fifty-dollar term that
means the ‘Pop Culture’.”