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.
Welcome to WFTD!
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.
doesn’t she write sex novels? what does she know about anything?
A+ for you. One minute hillary’s whining about being picked on because she’s a woman and the next she’s faking tears to get the idiots to feel her pain. She and bill were made for each other but why won’t they just GO AWAY?
Jean Francois Kerry is endorsing Obamanation.
saw that. doesn’t surprise me i guess.
Hillary must be throwing lamps over it, though.
did you hear that 15 seconds past the bawling session tape she was blasting the Obamaman? proving that the tears were tears of rage, her only emotion.,
I did not hear that.
What fricken tears? I’ve seen the ‘interview’... several times. Just a sniff wif no tears.
Fred is going to take the Huckster to the woodshed in South Carolina.
The news made me so happy I sent a contribution.
A for you! And I agree, everyone is talking about her “crying” but not a single crocodile tear fell on that botoxed face. Because it would make her start MELTING!
where did you see that news? it will be a pleasure to see that!
Mrs Clinton is a discursive speaker.
First she curses dis a way, then dat a way, then de other way ....
God knows I sure hope so.
A for you Robert! Are you back on a normal schedule?
ARE YOU FLOODING?
I shall forward the email to you in a few minutes.
Pretty much ... Back at home for a bit.
That expression has a unique meaning in Cracker parlance, and the answer is, "No."
not sure of the cracker meaning. i saw IL has portions under water.
Oh, you mean water flooding? We had a couple of intersections under water on Tuesday evening but that’s all. The downtown area is on a little bit of a bluff overlooking the Ohio river. Down river, I’m certain it got a little wetter.
how’s your eyeballs? 20/20 porn viewing yet? ; )
The recently operated one looks like raw hamburger as per usual but doesn’t feel too bad. I can see very clearly with it and the other one that was operated on last month. Still need a little help reading the phone book or the classifieds but that will improve.
First, on a discursive note, allow me to inform all that I am not dead, disceased, or in any way inactive, although I haven’t posted in some time. I have developed, for some strange reason, Meniere’s Syndrome, which causes, among other really neat things, vertigo, hearing loss, and worst of all, a huge problem looking at the computer screen. Problem is, that it’s not a typical Meniere’s, for it seems to be CNS related, with my left side the worst. Fortunately, treatment helps, my MRI and MRA of the gourd show zip, a CT shows zip, and it is being followed up by a very helpful conservative Neuro MD. Did I mention the hearing aids?? Sheesh, the digital ones which I have are both expensive (the sticker shock was profound) and exceedingly effective. I was amazed when the world that this guy had forgotten ever existed. This is, may I add, is very pleasing to Mrsgwmoore, and daughter of gwmoore, who, since this is supposed to be a discursive discussion is now engaged to an attorney (yup, conservative as well YEH!!!!!) because the volume of gwmoore’s voice, and the level at which he left radio’s, TV’s and computer spkrs was irritating enough to have gwmooredaughter’s attorney to threaten legal action (well, not really, just being discursive)....The aids are very, very good..although I have to remove them during my ballistic experimental activities, and use 2 sets of plugs... I have also had to make changes in the way I operate my gear for Navy MARS, and use a speaker instead of the ‘phones, for the background white noise seems to set the darn vertigo off.... (Is this discursive enough for the group???
I also, several months ago, had to have another vertebrae fused on my neck, which now gives me 4 inna row fused. I have 2 working which kinda slows down my range of motion of the head, and causes pain.. Thank God for pain control..with the methods of today one can be on a delivery system of a CII substance, and not be “stoned”..OK
on with the discursive ramble..
To continue , I must comment on the recent events in NH. OK, so Hitlery took the vote. This, unfortunately is going to happen. We have a situation where, to a Dimcrat, every election is a Hobson’s Choice of a discursive belief field, and for a good old GOP member, well IMHO, I can’t find at this time one candidate who measures up to my discursive beliefs.
OK, at any rate, I’m Baaaaaack (evil grin) for I won’t let a little vertigo, etc bother me...I kinda knew that my Instrument rating would come in handy someday after I was grounded LOL.... get vertigo???? well heck, “fly the gauges”
using horizontal surfaces as one’s gyro horizon. Works, too
(most of the time)...
Wow! That’s alot of stuff to go through. Glad you’re back!
Welcome back GWM
Since I got into the office at 7:15 this morning, it’s been a matter of juggling discursive issues of various criticality, and dammit I haven’t even drunk my coffee yet!
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