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Postby Square721BT » Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:34 pm

Lobstrosity wrote:The literal translation of that is "Cold blood."

Not to be confused with sangefroid.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:02 pm

Today's word is: chiasmus.
chi·as·mus
n. pl. chi·as·mi
A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in “Each throat/Was parched, and glazed each eye” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

I don't get it.

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Postby Lobstrosity » Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:28 pm

The two parallel "structures" would be:

Each throat was parched, each eye was glazed.

If you invert the second, you get:

Each throat was parched, glazed [was] each eye.

Next time you see someone do that, you should say to him, "dude, nice chiasmus!"

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:35 pm

That makes sense. The omission of "was" threw me off. I thought he was using "glazed" as a verb in the past tense instead of as a participle.

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Postby Lobstrosity » Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:38 pm

This word should in some way be related to miasma.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:47 pm

I just realized that I've been doing this for over a year now.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Aug 25, 2004 3:00 pm

Today's word is: dross.
dross
n.
1. Waste or impure matter: discarded the dross after recycling the wood pulp.
2. The scum that forms on the surface of molten metal as a result of oxidation.
3. Worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter: “He was wide-awake and his mind worked clearly, purged of all dross” (Vladimir Nabokov).

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:46 pm

Today's word is: suzerain.
su·ze·rain
n.
1. A nation that controls another nation in international affairs but allows it domestic sovereignty.
2. A feudal lord to whom fealty was due.

Is that how Hong Kong used to be?

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Postby Lobstrosity » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:48 pm

You should hit the history books and provide us with a few concrete examples.

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Postby Square721BT » Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:14 pm

Hong Kong wasn't a nation, it was an island in China that the traders were allowed to stop/refuel/live on during the whole China/Britain Tea/Silver/Opium thing. I would think that a suzerain nation would be more like what the US does with someone like Panama.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:50 pm

Today's word is: nadir.
na·dir
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1. Astronomy. A point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, diametrically opposite the zenith.
2. The lowest point: the nadir of their fortunes.

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Postby . » Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:33 am

I had a friend in high school named Nadir. I think the second definition is more precise.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Sun Aug 29, 2004 4:22 pm

Yesterday's word was: misandrist.
mis·an·drist
Function: noun
one who hates men —compare MISOGYNIST —misandrist adjective —mis·an·dry /-drE/ noun plural -dries


Today's word is: misandry.
mi·san·dry
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Hatred of men.

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Postby Square721BT » Sun Aug 29, 2004 6:42 pm

Not to be confused with misandroidy, which is when you pine for your lost pet robot.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:04 pm

Today's word is: quay.
quay
n.
A wharf or reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded.

According to d.com, it is not pronounced "kway," but either "key" or simply the letter "K." According to m-w.com, it is also pronounced "kway."

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Postby Lobstrosity » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:08 pm

Anyone who pronounces that as "key" is just not reading the damn word right.

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Postby SporkAndrew » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:14 pm

I pronounce it as 'key'... Kway seems silly to me.

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Postby Foo-Byte » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:37 pm

Definately 'key'.

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Postby Gobo » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:58 pm

Kay...

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Postby Lobstrosity » Mon Aug 30, 2004 5:26 pm

Foo-Byte wrote:Definately 'key'.

Oh, I get it, you erroneously mentally displace the "a" from "quay" and put it into "definitely."

Pronouncing "quay" as "key" would be like pronouncing "bay" as "bee," "hay" as "he," "May" as "me," "say" as "see," etc. It just can't be done in civilized society.


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