[Ads-l] "praedormitory" (adj.) not in OED

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat May 23 19:01:31 UTC 2015

"Praedormitory (visions)" -- What the randy college freshman dreams the night before he moves into coed housing?
"This silly phenomenon seems to be the auditory counterpart to certain praedormitory visions, which I also know well ...". 
[The "silly phenomenon" is the writer's hallucination just before falling asleep of hearing a one-sided, trivial conversation not addressed to him.]
Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations (Picador, 2012), 9. 205.  Quoting Nabakov, Speak, Memory (1951), p. not given.

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