Phantasmagoria: An Illusory Word

Phantasmagoria is an awfully pretentious word referring to a series of shifting–and often deceptive–illusions. In other words, a phantasmagoria is a succession of changing phantasms, which happens to be one of its roots!

The word’s entire root is the French fantasmagorie, which is assumed to be a combination of phantasm (from the Latin phantasma), an illusory image, and the Greek agora, an open marketplace or public meeting place.

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