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From:Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
Date:Friday, April 9, 2004, 14:06
By the way,  I would very much like to know the origin
of the english word: "a nightmare". I find it very
strange and evocative.

(Well, I thought so because I was thinking of the
female of a horse, but I just found in my etymological
dictionnary that the part "mar" in the french word
"cauchemar" comes from a germanic word meaning "night
ghost" or something like that, so it's probably the
same. Actually, I preferred the horse, much more

One of the worst experiences I know is when, yet half
sleeping, you feel suffocating, or oppressed, and in
the same time completely paralyzed. A part of your
brain seems to work, and another one is just like
disconnected. This is awful. Life is full of terrible

--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> On Apr 9, 2004, at 10:55 AM, Tristan McLeay wrote: > > It's impossible to toss and turn and mumble > (angrily > > or otherwise) while having a nightmare (or any > other > > dream). You become paralysed. (As far as your > brain > > knows, the dream is real life, so if you weren't > > paralysed, you'd be running away from the monsters > in > > your dream etc. etc. etc.) On the other hand, > night > > terrors would make you look like what people would > > think you look like when you're having nightmares, > > except that you aren't dreaming while having them. > > (It's possible to have sleep paralysis while > awake, > > though, and based on some accounts, I seem to have > > experienced just that last week. It was > terrifying: I > > thought there was someone in my room trying to > > suffocate me.) > > Tristan. > > Did you feel a pressure on your chest, as if a Black > Cat (tm) or Evil > Witch (tm) were sitting on it trying to suffocate > you and steal your > breath? I think it used to be called (maybe still > is?) a "night hag" > experience for that reason. > Unless what you had was similar but not exactly the > same.
===== Philippe Caquant "High thoughts must have high language." (Aristophanes, Frogs) __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Finance Tax Center - File online. File on time.


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