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by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Why is rhyming
so contagious?
look at me:
I read a rhyme
and right away
I repond in kind!
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

The picture is beginning to swim into some focus. It's a Jane Austen mystery: an 18th century cabinetmaker is asked to make an 18th century cabinet for a family of seven characters, 6 females, one gentleman. As he comes to take measures for this enormous cabinet, the cabinetmaker is approached with ...
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Was Dr. Scholl making orthopaedic shoes in the 18th century? Were there asphalt and semi-trailers in the 18th century? Moreover, were there zippers in the 18th century?
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prevert
Replies: 20
Views: 5026

prevert

This is the only PREVERT I know and would ever like to know: Les feuilles mortes / Jacques Prévert Les feuilles mortes se ramassent a la pelle, Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi Mais mon amour silencieux et fidele Sourit toujours et remercie la vie Je t'aimais tant, tu étais si jolie, Comment veux-...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Am I to take it that there will be no answer forthcoming for my innocent genuine question: What would an 18th-century cabinetmaker know about a 21st century 5-mile-a-day waitress?

BTW, what is a "genuine" question? Anybody know?

If I think I know the answer, can my question be deemed "genuine"?
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: responsibility
Replies: 17
Views: 4162

responsibility

"I have learned that the concept 'responsibility' is the key characteristic dividing the two types of humanity: victims, and those who have overcome their victimhood." Yes, this is more or less the focus of my interrogation into the concept of responsibility, its umbilical connection to our freeedom...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Yes, well, but if the goose-feed had been gelid enough, she would not have spilled it, gander or no gander.
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Words that have changed their meaning
Replies: 15
Views: 13648

Words that have changed their meaning

It could...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Curiouser and curiouser...

What would an 18th-century cabinetmaker know about 21st-century 5-mile-a-day
waitresses?
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Words that have changed their meaning
Replies: 15
Views: 13648

Words that have changed their meaning

"ilk" I usually use it, and have seen it used, to assign someone to a disreputable collectivity, as in: I don't share the humour of such a "revolutionary" and his ilk. However, it seems that the term itself is totally devoid of any pejorative undertones and none of the dictionary meanings I found st...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

I'm curious: What would an 18th-century cabinetmaker know about a 21st century 5-mile-a-day waitress?
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: responsibility
Replies: 17
Views: 4162

responsibility

Viktor Frankel says, " Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lays our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." The awareness of that space, that split second before we respond to a certain stimulus, this is where the nexus of re...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: responsibility
Replies: 17
Views: 4162

responsibility

The term responsibility as we know it today indicates a relatively recent meaning, which came into use in the nineteenth century. Before that, the adjective “Responsible” meant simply “correspondent”, as in the sentence: “The mouth large but not responsible to so large a body”. And what we mean by r...
by NogaNote
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 10097

gelid immolation

Erik: Methinks you are a good candidate for O.A.A. (Over Analyzers Anonymous). I've been attending their meetings for years (without much improvement, I hasten to say). Here is a clue: Scholl sandals are greatly overrated. They look ugly and they are not as comfortable as their lack of good looks wo...
by NogaNote
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambles
Replies: 15
Views: 4242

shambles

Noga, I don't disagree with you about the task of the literary translator, but I continue to resist the 'genius' descriptor. It takes more than a striking phrase or image to qualify for that. Will you consent to "brilliant", then? And does it really matter, that I think s poem reaches a certain pri...