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by spiritus
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers
Replies: 15
Views: 3793

Re: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers

trolley wrote:...and could really turn a phrase.
...and the garden variety pharse...I would add.
by spiritus
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers
Replies: 15
Views: 3793

Re: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers

... if we truly wanted a religion neutral ceremony, then we should also eliminate "augur" because divination has even less to do with installing a president unless, of course, if it involves trying to discern if the official will live up to campaign promises. I would augur (of course) that the word...
by spiritus
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Twisted definitions
Replies: 88
Views: 36316

Re: Twisted definitions

Tabula Rasta - A Rastafarian experiencing global amnesia.
by spiritus
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Not getting enough Wordwizard?
Replies: 2
Views: 1845

Re: Not getting enough Wordwizard?

Hello and blessings Erik,

Could you suggest additional use for this add-on besides the one you posted?
by spiritus
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: She walks on water
Replies: 4
Views: 1972

Re: She walks on water

A: What’s the matter? B: I’m trying to jot down some ideas for the meeting tonight, but I’m drawing a blank. A: When I’ve got a block, I often step away from it for a while and come back to it later. Then I can look at it with a fresh perspective. B: I don’t have time to take a break. I need to com...
by spiritus
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: put lipstick on a pig
Replies: 20
Views: 15650

Re: put lipstick on a pig

I'd like to know; what are the pros and cons of spaying a hockey mom and a pit bull? Moreover; does the application of lipstick or the presence of an anesthesiologist or cosmetologist simplify the procedure?
by spiritus
Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth

I'm seeking clarity, possible discussion, and learned wisdom, as to the origin, meaning, earliest and present usage, in a political context, of the word, "rhetoric". For the origin, meaning and earliest usage you can look here . Its earliest use in English was 1300s, imported from French, and was p...
by spiritus
Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth

I thank you PhilHunt, for the link. I high rank you Erik, for the think. I now seek to know the cosmetic preferences of a pig, named Napoleon. Though I suspect, to some, my comments, seemly could just as well be Greek (as in pithanon ), I would argue that an English-speaking, lip-stick wearing pit b...
by spiritus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Truth Embedded Rhetoric...Rhetoric Embedded Truth

"Change we can believe in." --- Obama "America first!" --- McCain The most effective and persuasive rhetoric, (according to the Aristotelian definitions) is that which conveys truth and reveals reason. Choose wisely. “When they had once got it by heart, the sheep developed a great liking for this ma...
by spiritus
Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: fauxtography
Replies: 11
Views: 3145

Re: fauxtography

Che, I believe that your last statement , to the effect that nowadays “individual experience is manifested and interpreted by […] reality generated by personal beliefs and media generated reality”, is broadly but not exclusively correct – not exclusively, because our experience also encompasses, an...
by spiritus
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: fauxtography
Replies: 11
Views: 3145

Re: fauxtography

During a recent social gathering, my wife and I attended, I had a discussion with a so-called, card-carrying-liberal linguist (no, it was not Noam Chomsky). At one point, in the course of our conversation, I was told that the correct spelling of the word, fauxtography , should be the capitalized pro...
by spiritus
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Progression or degeneration?
Replies: 10
Views: 1582

Re: Progression or degeneration?

"In language as in virtually every other aspect of society, the pace of change is accelerating." ---- Phil White

DSTR8!

Present linguistic progression is language regeneration...

Thanks Erik. Great book and links.
by spiritus
Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Olympics [winningest]
Replies: 22
Views: 9286

Re: Olympics [winningest]

Oh shit! I extend my sincere apologies Mr. White. Damn you "Eric".
by spiritus
Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: on the down-low
Replies: 13
Views: 2825

Re: on the down-low

Ken, That is possible, though it is perceptually relative. Any further discussion might well be reflective of the relative direction, DOWNHILL (an etymological re dun dancy), depending upon ones opinion and perspective. Yet, as earthly beings sharing a subjective coordinate system that is spherical,...