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hypnopedia (noun) – Teaching during sleep (as by using recordings to teach a foreign language to someone who is asleep).

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Hypnopedia is first recorded in Aldous Huxley?s dystopian novel Brave New World (1932), and the word may well be a coinage of his. Hypnopedia is a compound word formed from the Greek nouns h?pnos ?sleep? and paide?a ?child-rearing, education.?

H?pnos is a regular Greek development of the Proto-Indo-European noun sup-nos, from the root swep, swop-, sup- ?to sleep.? In preclassical Latin the noun swep-nos becomes swop-nos and finally somnus in classical Latin. The Germanic equivalent root, swef-no-, becomes swefen ?sleep, dream? in Old English and sweven in Middle English, e.g., in Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Paide?a is a derivative of the noun pa?s (stem paid-) ?child.?

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