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Seek word

Post by dalehileman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:26 pm

I know it as well as my own name, which at my advanced age I'm also not sure of sometimes. It means fostering or provoking further inquiry or research and possibly it's derived from some fellow of historical significance
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Post by trolley » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:36 pm

That could require a bit of Sherlocking
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Post by dalehileman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:44 pm

Could be but it's a pretty common word and I'll bet Ken or Phil or other academic participant comes up with it within a few posts
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Post by dalehileman » Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:16 pm

Hate to seem pushy but to coin an outrageous mixed metaphor it's on the tip of the tongue and driving me bats
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Post by dalehileman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:21 pm

Guys once more forgive me for bubbling this one back up as I desperately need that word

Won't do it again
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:55 pm

Here's a wild guess that does not match your definition but which, on an outside chance, could be what you are looking for to put you out of your abject misery.

How about EUREKA, an expression of triumph at making a discovery. It was supposedly what Archimedes cried out while running naked through the streets after discovering (while taking a bath) how to calculate the volume of an irregularly-shaped object and thus its density in order to tell if the king's crown was made of pure gold.
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Post by PhilHunt » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:01 pm

I'm not sure what it is you want?
Are you looking for a synonymous verb for fostering or provoking further inquiry or research.
Have you tried a thesaurus?
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Post by dalehileman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:59 pm

Ken: No but thanks, good try

Phil yes I have with no luck whatever. Grossly disappointed with the typical online thesaurus
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Post by PhilHunt » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:10 pm

hermeneutics?
Pertaining to Hermes who was skilled in interpreting and making things clear?
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Post by dalehileman » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:07 pm

Phil thanks again but that's not it either
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Post by PhilHunt » Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:00 pm

Pythagorize vb. To speculate after the manner of Pythagoras.

Any closer or are we looking for more recent historical figures?
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Post by dalehileman » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:49 pm

Wish I could remember. I think the word is used as adjective
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Post by PhilHunt » Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:30 pm

Tacitus? Tacitian?
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Post by Tony Farg » Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:58 pm

Try Socrates...thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
He certainly died for subverting youth by encouraging them to make further enquiries and research.
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Post by Shelley » Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:09 am

That sounds right, Tony -- Socratic. Or Aristotelian.
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