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Tocsin Tuesday

25 Sep

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness. – Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Never ignore your inner voice, that little feeling that warns you when something isn’t right. We all have that internal tocsin to keep us from harm. I’m glad I listen to mine.
Another new word for me.
1 : an alarm bell or the ringing of it
2 : a warning signal
the tocsin rang out, warning us of the approaching tornado
noted that a sudden drop in a student’s grades may be a tocsin of a serious personal problem
Origin: Middle French toquassen, from Old Occitan tocasenh, from tocar to touch, ring a bell (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh sign, bell, from Medieval Latin & Latin signum; Medieval Latin, bell, from Late Latin, ringing of a bell, from Latin, mark, sign — more at touch, sign.
First use: 1586
Synonyms: flag, signal