Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 6, 2011 - hamartia
Posted on 10/06/2011 4:18:52 AM PDT 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".
hamartia \hah-mahr-TEE-uh\ noun
Greed was the hamartia that ultimately brought down the protagonist.
"Kara Swisher, the co-executive editor of All Things D, also pointed out that being on TBS might be Conan's hamartia."
-- Michelle Castillo, CBSNEWS.com, August 23, 2011
"Harmartia" arose from the Greek verb "hamartanein," meaning "to miss the mark" or "to err." Aristotle introduced the term in the Poetics to describe the error of judgment which ultimately brings about the tragic hero's downfall. As you can imagine, the word is most often found in literary criticism. However, news writers occasionally employ the word when discussing the unexplainable misfortune or missteps of übercelebrities regarded as immortal gods and goddesses before being felled by their own shortcomings.
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!
The hamartia, otherwise known as Barack Hussein Obama, marched with the Black Panthers in 2007. ...and the MSM failed to print it.
“... news writers occasionally employ the word when discussing the unexplainable misfortune or missteps of übercelebrities regarded as immortal gods and goddesses before being felled by their own shortcomings.”
Political. Always political.
Leave 0bama alone!
I used to admire actor Morgan Freeman, until I discovered his harmartia of being an idiot libtard.
Narcissism is the hamartia of the obams.
And insanity is the hamartia of some of the Sarahbots. I honest to God just saw a thread saying this freeper still intends to pull the lever for her, with some cryptic Sun Tzu comment. oMG will the delusional never give up?
hat would have been my contribution (narcissism=hamartia=Obama). Thanks for posting. Now I don’t have to.
hat=That. This laptop always is doing THAT to me — leaving off the first letter of the first word. Arrrrggggghhhh!
"Hamartia! Hamartia! Hamartia!" was the cry, sibling jealousy her fatal flaw.
Hamartini — a cocktail whose tragic flaw is too much vermouth.
Well the iPad likes to add in random Ds between words instead of spaces, so I feel your pain.
I liked bunga bunga better than the..... feline theme ; )
You complain about the Double Ds but most men find them enchanting.
JFK was quite the partier
Clinton, too, but he was naughtier
But Obama don’t play
He’s above all the fray
Being haughty is his hamartia
Pavel Hamartia, wasn’t he that hard-luck hockey star from Slovakia or somewhere ??
Welcome to NHL 2011-12!
They should stick to reading other people’s words and not reveal themselves. A for you.
Ruh-roh. A+ for you.
Yes it is. A for you!
Well done! A++!
Very good. A for you. Camle, check in.
Plus he plays for the other team. A+ for you!
sorry I haven’t been more of a regular. been that way ever since youse guys put ginger ale in the wet bar in lieu of martinis...
been spending a lot of time playing the hemartia....
This is the week you and I look forward to all year - texas/ou..... no matter who wins, you and I are guaranteed that one of them LOSES! What a great game.
He probably likes loose shoes, too.
I'm not saying the mom is to blame, but the parents are the first suspects in any home abduction. The odd thing is the dad listed NINE people who might be responsible! NINE? He knows NINE people he distrusts enough to steal his kid?
I'm not sure this is going to end well
i heard about it but only very peripherally. didn’t get a look at the parents. do they look shifty? i heard megyn kelly on XM talking about it yesterday.
The couple isn't married, she has a couple of boys from a previous relationship - they live in a middle class neighborhood.
well the not married and kids from previous relationships casts doubt, not that that makes them child murderers etc but still. and i agree, i would have to be all kinds of drugged up to not be in a fetal position or hysterical.
and 9 people you think might be suspicious means you are letting a lot of lowlifes in and out of your house.
The media love grieving families.
After the FBI captured that guy in Verona 2 days ago, with a shootout, the media actually asked a bystander what it sounded like.
“It sounded like gunpowder rapidly oxidizing inside of a hardened steel chamber, Bob. Any more dumb questions?”
Didn’t mitch Albom write a book about the 9 people who might have stolen your baby?
local news media doesn’t normally have that kind of excitement to cover, they were probably all breathless about it.
Talk about beating a dead horse. ;-)
In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, hamartia is the most common and most general word for "sin." The noun "sin," the adjective "sinful," and the verb "to sin," all come from the same hamart- root.
I have taught New Testament Greek, and I read the NT in Greek all the time, so this word is very familiar to me.
Well-played. A+ for you.
I always think of you when someone mentions martinis and hope you are doing well.
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