To grasp the ideas and nuances in MIDGET, GNOME, DWARF, PIGMY and other
designations of humans, who are smaller in size, requires several overviews. In
this overview, we focus on general ideas associated with the words DWARF and
MIDGET. Ideas associated with LEPRECHAUNS and
ACHONDROPLASIA are presented in
|An "enano" is
a person with "nanism". Note the bowed legs and the
disproportion between the size of the head, body and limbs.
Thus, this work depicts, in a medical sense, a short bowed
limb type of dwarfism without distortion of cranio-facial
MIDGET implies proportional diminution of body mass in contrast to DWARF, which
implies disproportion. MIDGET points to MUKHA and MUSCA, in Ukrainian and Latin
for FLY or GNAT as in GNOME. Surely, MIDGETS and MUSHROOM being related, denote
the influence of poetry and may have prompted legends that MIDGETs have magic
insights, perhaps because being small, they are prone to find hidden treasures.
The above is consistent with ideas in GNOME and GNAT, which point to Greek
GNOMOS for thought and GNORISIS for IGNORANCE. GNOMES inhabited the inner
recesses of the earth and had magic powers alike to those of an ELF, LEPRECHAUN
and FAIRY and presumably could, if they wished, help humans clarify their
DWARF relates to the Sanskrit term DHVARAS for DEMON, which in Roman times, meant
GOOD ANGEL. DAIMON, in Greek, conveyed the idea of a DIVINE PROTECTIVE SPIRIT.
Lucky was the person or household to be granted such GUARDING SPIRIT which now
Christians refer to as "PATRON SAINT".
This "little person".
Note normal face, ear,
and hand proportions. (Velazquez)
There are many terms for "little person", among them , BROWNIE, PIXIE,
HOMUNCULUS, LILLIPUT, SUDRI, AUSTRI, NORDRI, WESTRI, CABEIRI, PUTTI and VAMANA
(listed in the table to be explored individually).
To expand the scope of ideas linking MIDGET with FLY and MUSHROOM, note that
PYGMY, according to classic mythology, sprung from WASTE as real
MUSHROOMS often do.
PYGMY implies small or PICCOLO in Italian. In science the symbol for PICO
denotes one trillionth, as in PICOGRAM or PICOCURIE. PICO is BEAK in Spanish and
presumably birds PECKING can only grasp small quantities or PICOGRAMS per peck. In any case, once
an army of "little African people" attacked Hercules and lost. Heredotus states
that Hercules exiled these pygmies to Eurystheus. Perhaps this is a relevant
account about the ancestry of the current "African Pygmy" populations. This
story inspired others, most notable, that about Gulliver. In modern times, a
foundation of "Little People of America" arose to facilitate medical care and
research to clarify the various causes or etiology of "short stature" syndromes.
This "little person" is referred to as "bobo", Spanish for
mentally deficient. Note that the "eyes are crossed" (strabismus).
It is not possible from this painting to say if the body proportions
are normal. If so this person may be called a "midget", otherwise he may be
called a "dwarf". (Velazquez)
Analogous to PICO, NANUS also stands for "small" and in Greek it denotes MIDGET.
In science, the prefix NANO means one billionth as in NANOGRAM or NANOSECOND. In
Medicine, NANISM implies SMALL as does ENANO in Spanish or NONOID for
dwarf like or NANOSOMIA for small body, or NANCEPHALIA for small head or
Investors in NANOtechnology must realize that such emerging companies barely earn PICOdollars.
Finally, my PIXIE tells me that it is
time to end these comments to avoid getting a PIXILATED vision and to invite those interested in more stories about elfs
and leprechauns to explore the "Notes and Comments" offered by the links shown in the left column.
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