Monsters

The word monster is said to have two possible etymologies, representing two different viewpoints about the purposes of monsters.  The first is from the Latin monstro, “I point out,” making monsters exhibitions of God’s work, intended to show us his ability and imagination.  The second comes from moneo, “I warn,” which instead makes monsters into warnings.  The question, of course, is of what are we being warned?

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