Digging up my old posts from the ignorant days...
Elucubrator is a Classicist and he prefers Greek last I heard. He also likes to make disturbing jokes about Santa Claus and chew on his glasses, and that's most of what I know about him. Why did he disappear... too busy or too bored probably.
According to the O.L.D. -
is ultimately from the verb luceo, -ere
"to shine" (from lux, -cis
), with an ending as though it were derived from a noun with the suffix -brum
). That ending is sort of odd. The "light" part must be referring to a lamp or candle burning through the night.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae