ephemera ephemera

Definition(s):

  1. (n) something transitory; lasting a day
  2. (n) anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form

Usage(s):

  1. Plenty of blogs traffic in pop culture ephemera, but Metafilter takes it seriously.
  2. This little piece of faunal ephemera might otherwise have gone unnoticed outside the rarely intersecting subcultures of gays and shepherds.
  3. Because MTV has only two allegiances: ephemera and ratings.

News

  • Discarded Books, Recovered Nostalgia

    Kerry Mansfield remembers long afternoons in her elementary school's library. Tugged by nostalgia, she began photographing old books and the ephemera of the library experience.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. "It is one of those peculiarities of your own life where you don't know the consequences of your own actions," Mr. Glaser said. "Who in the world would have thought that this silly little bit of ephemera would become one of the most pervasive...
    on May 12, 2008 By: Milton Glaser Source: New York Times

  2. "It is obvious that elements of the comet's orbit and associated ephemera will change after the explosion, which interferes with my practice of astrology and deforms my horoscope," Ms Bai told the Izvestia daily newspaper.
    on Jul 4, 2005 By: Marina Bai Source: BBC News

  3. David Gergen on CNN said, "There is a place for talking about all this ephemera," but he wanted a discussion of "the most serious financial crisis since the depression . . . global warming, high costs, a more competitive world."
    on Aug 28, 2008 By: David Gergen Source: Denver Post

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