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Word For The Day, Thursday, January 10, 2008 - discursive
dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | 10 January 2008 | secret garden

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.

Example sentences:
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

Etymology:
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 Threads:

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!


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To: NeoCaveman

love it!


51 posted on 01/10/2008 9:19:17 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: gwmoore

welcome back greg!!!


52 posted on 01/10/2008 9:20:11 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: CholeraJoe

God bless you. It will come along.


53 posted on 01/10/2008 9:49:49 AM PST by tioga
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To: gwmoore
Welcome back......
54 posted on 01/10/2008 10:02:59 AM PST by tioga
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To: secret garden
The discursive democrat campaign is devolving into an all out brawl. Obamarama swings back at Hillary......when it gets to a three ashtray alert we will hear something back from Hill........
55 posted on 01/10/2008 10:12:10 AM PST by tioga
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To: gwmoore

A+ and a hearty welcome back!


56 posted on 01/10/2008 10:13:57 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: xsmommy
Our German guests are gone - we had a great week with them. They are from Coburg, in Bavaria and the pictures of their city are gorgeous! You don't realize how many slang words we use until you have foreigners trying to understand you. I was constantly searching for the proper words for things or a way to explain.

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

57 posted on 01/10/2008 10:29:28 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Texas Tech has another amazing comeback!!!!)
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To: tioga

Now this is disconceting. Rush is being taken in by Hillary’s feminine wiles.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZTQ5NmFmMWMyODc5ODM5NWYwMmUxN2YxNGMxZjJkNTE=

“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. “


58 posted on 01/10/2008 10:31:19 AM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: NeoCaveman

Is Rush having a breakdown?


59 posted on 01/10/2008 10:33:16 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Texas Tech has another amazing comeback!!!!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


60 posted on 01/10/2008 10:35:57 AM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: NeoCaveman

Just associating the word sexy with a clinton makes my skin crawl....


61 posted on 01/10/2008 10:40:53 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Texas Tech has another amazing comeback!!!!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

What ever it takes to keep her out of the White House.

Even if old Rushbo has to take one for the team :)


62 posted on 01/10/2008 10:42:15 AM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: NeoCaveman

Better him than me... lol


63 posted on 01/10/2008 10:56:47 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Texas Tech has another amazing comeback!!!!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Better him than me... lol

I'm thinkin the same thing.

LMAO!

64 posted on 01/10/2008 11:02:03 AM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: xsmommy; secret garden
Yes, discursive, boring, aggravating and a bunch of nitwits and blooming idiots on both sides. Debate, ha, it’s going to be a bunch of self important, hot air blowing, jackasses who feeds a gullible public anything - remember the Arpege Perfume ad? “Promise her anything ...” Well, the politicians have taken that as their motto, just modified it to read “Promise them anything and they will vote for me.” Of course it’s the same old discursive rambling, annoying, crap we hear at every election.
65 posted on 01/10/2008 11:46:05 AM PST by dixie sass
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To: tioga

A+ for you. I like it when they turn on each other.


66 posted on 01/10/2008 11:56:54 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: dixie sass

If we fall for it again, we’ll get what we deserve. A for you!


67 posted on 01/10/2008 11:58:05 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden
Rise and shine!

Honey, I was arisen and ashinin' and outta da house well before 8:48 this morning!!!!!

The annual health department inspection of the kitchen at the Lodge was today. Because we were running a bit late after Bingo last night we went in this morning to really make sure everything was up to snuff.

We passed with flying colors, but the dumb stuff we got called on totally amazed me. The flour and sugar canisters have to be labelled --- mind you, these are clear plastic containers we keep the BAGS of sugar and flour in. A dented can of green beans had to be gone ---- I dropped the can when I was putting it away last week and that is why it was dented.

I so dislike dealing with bureaucrats -- I need a nap!

68 posted on 01/10/2008 1:36:17 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

Good for you, passing the inspection. The kids are out and off to school by 8am every day but today they kept them an extra 30 minutes due to the severe weather which had already blown through by then. I just hope they cancel sports practices and try-outs tonight but I doubt they will. I’ve got a sickly kid I’m trying to get better.


69 posted on 01/10/2008 1:54:58 PM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden

Q: Explain liberalism in your own words.
A: Umph gmack blorf glunk.


70 posted on 01/10/2008 1:56:22 PM PST by sig226 (New additions to the list of democrat criminals - see my profile)
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To: secret garden

OW — I hope your kiddo gets better quick!

It was nailbiting time for a while during the inspection — 2 new inspectors this time around.........


71 posted on 01/10/2008 2:00:51 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

He came home and went straight to bed.


72 posted on 01/10/2008 2:03:28 PM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden

Probably the best place for him to be :)


73 posted on 01/10/2008 2:10:45 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

Hooray!!! They actually cancelled the try-outs for tonight since we’re under a tornado watch until 7. Yay!


74 posted on 01/10/2008 2:43:46 PM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: NeoCaveman

-is he SINGLE again? That is just SICK......even bill would admit that!


75 posted on 01/10/2008 2:45:47 PM PST by tioga
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To: secret garden

I understand the “Yay” for the cancellation — but not for the reason :)


76 posted on 01/10/2008 3:00:32 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: dixie sass

you are right there in the thick of things too, dixie. the kerry/obama embrace was in charleston wasn’t it?


77 posted on 01/10/2008 3:18:11 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: tioga

Now that you mention it, he is....


78 posted on 01/10/2008 3:49:13 PM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: CholeraJoe; NeoCaveman; xsmommy; tioga; secret garden

I sure help that I didn’t leave anyone. Thanks one and all
for the hearty welcome back. I, personally, really appreciate all of your kind thoughs, and I will not be a stranger!!

FReeper withdrawl symptoms can be really seriously disturbing, as I miss all of you friends who have kept me in the loop.

I am really looking forward to this daily posting once again..

Thanks again for all of you

de GW


79 posted on 01/11/2008 4:34:43 AM PST by gwmoore (As the manual for the Russian Nagant Reolver states" Target Practice' At the Deserter , FIRE".)
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To: tioga

OK, where’s the sub? Gunfight at the OK corral last night?


80 posted on 01/11/2008 5:33:08 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: CholeraJoe

I overslept after the debate as I knew FRed was in charge and I could relax and sleep well. ;^)


81 posted on 01/11/2008 6:59:32 AM PST by tioga
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To: CholeraJoe

We’d be happy to put you on the list to sub for the subs.


82 posted on 01/11/2008 9:25:12 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden

I’m certain you would and I would be delighted to do that, if one of the subs stubs their toe, etc. I just can’t guarantee my availability on a recurring basis given the vagarities of work.


83 posted on 01/11/2008 9:32:34 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: CholeraJoe

You are purposely going Norm Crosby on the word vagaries to pretend you can’t do it, aren’t you? ;)


84 posted on 01/11/2008 9:37:55 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden

The older you get, the easier it is to fool people into believing you’re senile.


85 posted on 01/11/2008 9:44:08 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: CholeraJoe

My dad has me convinced he is well on the path.


86 posted on 01/11/2008 9:45:35 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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