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!
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!
welcome back greg!!!
God bless you. It will come along.
A+ and a hearty welcome back!
One day I took them to the Mall and they were stunned that our prices were so much better. They loaded up with jeans and tshirts - and shoes! They said I spoiled them with cooking and accomodations - so I told them that is what we do in America! lol
Now this is disconceting. Rush is being taken in by Hillary’s feminine wiles.
“I Think It’s Only Fair ... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
... that since Rush’s previous comments on Hillary’s looks got much attention, this be noted for the record: He just said on his show that “Hillary was sexy” during her New Hampshire acceptance speech. “
Is Rush having a breakdown?
I’ll give you a hint.
Rush spent the first 50 minutes plus showing how women voted for Hillary because they thought she was being mistreated by the male media.
So that might explain why he said she looked sexy giving her victory speech in NH.
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