Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, January 10, 2008 - discursive
Posted on 01/10/2008 5:47:20 AM PST by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
discursive \dis-KUR-siv\, adjective
1. Passing from one topic to another; ranging over a wide field; digressive; rambling.
2. Utilizing, marked by, or based on analytical reasoning -- contrasted with intuitive.
The style is highly discursive, leap-frogging forwards and backwards across the decades, without ever sacrificing thrust or clarity.
-- Nicholas Blincoe, "Spirit that speaks", The Guardian, August 21, 1999
Rather than being a limiting influence, the time restrictions seem often to have compelled ensembles and soloists to condense and distill arrangements and to edit potentially discursive solo performances.
-- Richard M. Sudhalter, Lost Chords
He is in general a discursive politician: Start him talking and you cannot get him to stop.
-- Dan Balz, "President Endures Embarrassing Week", Washington Post, March 15, 1998
Discursive comes from Latin discurrere, "to run in different directions, to run about, to run to and fro," from dis-, "apart, in different directions" + currere, "to run."
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
Teacher said to Johnny, “Johnny I can’t read your printing.” Johnny responded “dis ain’t printing, discursive”.
looking forward to seeing a discursive SC debate tonight, on the big screen tv ; )
Bill Clinton, long-winded, discursive
For eight years—loved the ChiComs, subversive
While we longed for the Gipper
We had Slick and his zipper
Mendacious, loquacious, perversive
Hillary can get quite discursive as she hurls dishes and other assorted implements at Bubba while swearing at him...
Discursive on my computer ain’t acting right when I moves de mouse. Must rebooty.
Thank you, my dear. I learned all about writing limericks while vacationing in Nantucket.
A+ Truthy! As always, I just wish the clintons would go away. Far, far away.
The princess of pottery has no shame. Or matching sets.
Silly guy. The rain that was supposed to hit at 3PM has started already with thunderboomers and heavy downpours. So much for my run at the park this morning. I don’t mind rain but I avoid lightning.
a form of writing becomong obsolete
Dis cursive is to hard to rite.
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That would indicate that it will be here about noon. Tuesday we had torrential rain, golf ball-sized hail and a funnel cloud over one of the local high schools. Thankfully no damage or injuries.
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