John P. Hanlon wrote:
If anyone's still interested, might I suggest "talihoism" (yes, I know its an awful pun!
Looks as if it's no use to wait longer - no one wants to play
so here is my "talihoism"Talihoism
: is the belief in a law of punishment that refuses the eye for an eye principle at a time when the law of talion was still in use. The etymology of talihoism goes back such a long way, that one has practically to start with “once upon a time....”. Talihoism is composed of “tali” (feet) and “fô” (interjection of displeasure/dissent meaning “nay, no” which in a compound becomes “hô” or “ho”) in an ancient language called Quenya. Quite mysteriously some vocabulary entered Old French, where those two words became an –ism “talihoism” which meant “no to the talion”. At that time the lex talionis had not yet the latin etymology and the use of “talion” (génitive of tali = of the feet) can probably be equated with the German proverb “Die Strafe folgt auf dem Fusse” (Punishment will be swift or literally punishment follows close at the heals). When punishment follows swift without proper trial, retaliation corresponding in degree and kind to the offense done would often be the result – hence the law of talion. Today the etymology of talion is derived from the Latin “talis” which means “such” and talihoism has completely fallen out of use.