Word of the DayThursday, March 23, 2000
\ih-LIH-zee-uhm; ih-LIH-zhee-uhm;\ , noun;
A dwelling place assigned to happy souls after death; the seat of future happiness; Paradise.
Hence, any place or condition of ideal bliss or complete happiness.
They could be shelved in one of the bookstore sections assigned to travel, biography, history or the personal essay, which is why cookbook fans often spend less time at the stove than stretched out on the sofa,turning the pages and letting their imaginations wander to that happiest of places, the culinary Elysium where all food is perfectly prepared and all settings are romantic, where no bill arrives and no one gains weight.
-- William Grimes, "Cooking", New York Times, December 7, 1997
Elysium can be found somewhere on the southern Pacific coast of Oaxaca, about as far from the United States as you can get and still be in Mexico.
-- Keith Kachtick, "Donde Esta Paradise?", Esquire, January 1, 1999
Elysium comes from Latin Elysium, from Greek Elysion, short for Elysion pedion, "Elysian fields," the ancient Greek heaven. The name of the famous avenue in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, means "Elysian Fields."
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