Hallelujah Hallucinations





   Also written as * halucinari, the Latin verb from which the term hallucination is derived. The terms alucinari and halucinari probably came into use during the first century AD. At the time, these words had the connotation of wandering mentally or being absent-minded. They have their root in the Greek verb aluein, which means to wander, to be distraught, to be beside oneself, or to be outrageous. It has been speculated that the word ending –cinari mightstemfromthe Latin verb vaticinari, which means to rave. As the American neuroanatomist Fred H. Johnson says, “Hallucination is an appropriate medical word, and it is more than a coincidence that ‘to wander in mind’ is the meaning of alucinari from which is derivedhallucinatus and the term hallucination. The ending cinari is due to the influence of vaticinari, meaning to rave, and comes onomatopoet-ically from the hooting of owls and at first indicates behavior like that of night birds, such as an oil bird.”

present active vāticinorpresent infinitive vāticinārīperfect active vāticinātus sum (deponent)

  1. prophesyforetell.
  2. (figuratively) I singcelebrate (as a poet).
  3. (figuratively) I raverantspout foolishness.

Vatican Look up Vatican at Dictionary.com1550s, from Latin mons Vaticanus, Roman hill on which Papal palace stands. Said to be an Etruscan loan-word, not related to vates “sooth-sayer.”


hallelujah Look up hallelujah at Dictionary.comalso halleluiah, 1530s, from Hebrew hallalu-yah “praise ye Jehovah,” from hallalu, plural imperative of hallel “to praise” also “song of praise,” from hillel “he praised,” of imitative origin, with primary sense being “to trill.” Second element is yah, shortened form of Yahweh, name of God. Replaced variant formation alleluia (12c.).

Hallel: A jewish festival of reading the psalms:

“Its place following Sukkot suggests that God wants to memorialize what is planned for when the time period of “wandering” in these mortal bodies and rebellious minds finally comes to an end, and humankind enters total lasting “rest.” […]”-Hallel Fellowship

WANDER:  from PIE root *wendh- “to turn, wind, weave” (see wind (v.1))

wind (v.1) Look up wind at Dictionary.com“move by turning and twisting,” Old English windan “to turn, twist, plait, curl, brandish, swing” (class III strong verb; past tense wand, past participle wunden), from Proto-Germanic*windan “to wind”