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Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 6, 2011 - hamartia
dictionaries ad nauseam | 6 October 2011 | Thursday's sub

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
tragic flaw

Example sentences:
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

Etymology:
"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 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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1 posted on 10/06/2011 4:18:54 AM PDT by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 10/06/2011 4:20:04 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We're here to put a dent in the universe. -Steve Jobs, entrepreneur and inventor (1955-2011)
RIP
3 posted on 10/06/2011 4:33:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
I'm up. This four letter word..."work" thing has been cramping my style. I will be back tomorrow to open class...I get Fridays off.

The hamartia, otherwise known as Barack Hussein Obama, marched with the Black Panthers in 2007. ...and the MSM failed to print it.

4 posted on 10/06/2011 4:49:40 AM PDT by tioga
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To: secret garden

“... 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!


5 posted on 10/06/2011 4:51:31 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Dick Cheney - "I was born an American; a blessing surely among life's greatest.")
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To: secret garden
It's not hard to find the hamartia in Obama - it's hubris, pure and simple!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
6 posted on 10/06/2011 4:51:31 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: tioga
A+ for you!
7 posted on 10/06/2011 5:11:03 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NicknamedBob
Dang racists.
8 posted on 10/06/2011 5:11:47 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: ConorMacNessa
A for you!
9 posted on 10/06/2011 5:12:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I used to admire actor Morgan Freeman, until I discovered his harmartia of being an idiot libtard.


10 posted on 10/06/2011 5:23:32 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: secret garden
Banning pork could be called a hammy hamartia of the Ohio prison system.
11 posted on 10/06/2011 5:36:19 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (it has electrolytes. plants crave it)
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To: secret garden
Banning pork could be called a hammy hamartia of the Ohio prison system.
12 posted on 10/06/2011 5:36:22 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (it has electrolytes. plants crave it)
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To: secret garden

Narcissism is the hamartia of the obams.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:44:55 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: NeoCaveman; secret garden

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?


14 posted on 10/06/2011 5:48:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

hat would have been my contribution (narcissism=hamartia=Obama). Thanks for posting. Now I don’t have to.


15 posted on 10/06/2011 5:58:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy

hat=That. This laptop always is doing THAT to me — leaving off the first letter of the first word. Arrrrggggghhhh!


16 posted on 10/06/2011 6:00:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden

"Hamartia! Hamartia! Hamartia!" was the cry, sibling jealousy her fatal flaw.

17 posted on 10/06/2011 6:01:59 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

LOL


18 posted on 10/06/2011 6:03:05 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (it has electrolytes. plants crave it)
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To: secret garden

Hamartini — a cocktail whose tragic flaw is too much vermouth.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 6:06:45 AM PDT by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: SoothingDave
The hamartia of that strange Italian potenate is on full display here
20 posted on 10/06/2011 6:07:46 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (it has electrolytes. plants crave it)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well the iPad likes to add in random Ds between words instead of spaces, so I feel your pain.


21 posted on 10/06/2011 6:14:54 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: NeoCaveman

I liked bunga bunga better than the..... feline theme ; )


22 posted on 10/06/2011 6:17:38 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
Well the iPad likes to add in random Ds between words

You complain about the Double Ds but most men find them enchanting.

23 posted on 10/06/2011 6:26:36 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ("Nanny Care State" is not a Division 3 football powerhouse.)
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To: secret garden

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


24 posted on 10/06/2011 6:31:43 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ("Nanny Care State" is not a Division 3 football powerhouse.)
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To: secret garden
Hamarvin the Hamartian is my favorite Looney Tunes character.


25 posted on 10/06/2011 6:38:36 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Prepare for Armageddon! Buy brass and lead!)
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To: secret garden

Pavel Hamartia, wasn’t he that hard-luck hockey star from Slovakia or somewhere ??

Welcome to NHL 2011-12!


26 posted on 10/06/2011 6:47:24 AM PDT by mikrofon (Hockey BUMP)
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To: left that other site

They should stick to reading other people’s words and not reveal themselves. A for you.


27 posted on 10/06/2011 6:51:05 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

Ruh-roh. A+ for you.


28 posted on 10/06/2011 6:52:38 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Yes it is. A for you!


29 posted on 10/06/2011 6:53:29 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Well done! A++!


30 posted on 10/06/2011 6:57:17 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SAJ; camle

Very good. A for you. Camle, check in.


31 posted on 10/06/2011 6:58:39 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Plus he plays for the other team. A+ for you!


32 posted on 10/06/2011 7:02:19 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Amen! :-)


33 posted on 10/06/2011 7:04:40 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
the bigger the better, right? ; )


34 posted on 10/06/2011 7:08:11 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

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....


35 posted on 10/06/2011 7:09:57 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: secret garden

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.


36 posted on 10/06/2011 7:09:57 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: NeoCaveman

He probably likes loose shoes, too.


37 posted on 10/06/2011 7:15:11 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy; secret garden
Are either of you following this story of the missing baby in Kansas City? 10 month old baby girl - someone comes in a screenless window, has to go all the way across the house to abduct the baby and takes three cell phones. The daddy comes home from his shift at 4am and notices the front door open, lights on, baby gone.

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

38 posted on 10/06/2011 7:16:10 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


39 posted on 10/06/2011 7:17:59 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
I realize this is my own personal opinion, but if one of my children was missing I would be comatose, not on tv asking someone to return him or her. I'm always a little freaked out by those who are able to appear on tv. It's not like their appearance would turn the heart of a kidnapper - the police are asking the same thing, to return the child. But tv appearances seem odd to me.

The couple isn't married, she has a couple of boys from a previous relationship - they live in a middle class neighborhood.

40 posted on 10/06/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


41 posted on 10/06/2011 7:28:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

and 9 people you think might be suspicious means you are letting a lot of lowlifes in and out of your house.


42 posted on 10/06/2011 7:29:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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?”


43 posted on 10/06/2011 7:30:34 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

Didn’t mitch Albom write a book about the 9 people who might have stolen your baby?


44 posted on 10/06/2011 7:32:02 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

local news media doesn’t normally have that kind of excitement to cover, they were probably all breathless about it.


45 posted on 10/06/2011 7:36:28 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: mikrofon; Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim; Charles Henrickson; Slings and Arrows
hamartia \hah-mahr-TEE-uh\ noun
tragic flaw

Ham Martyia

46 posted on 10/06/2011 7:45:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Talk about beating a dead horse. ;-)


47 posted on 10/06/2011 7:57:39 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden; martin_fierro; mikrofon
"Harmartia" arose from the Greek verb "hamartanein," meaning "to miss the mark" or "to err."

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.

48 posted on 10/06/2011 8:23:32 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: CholeraJoe

Well-played. A+ for you.


49 posted on 10/06/2011 8:31:01 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: camle

I always think of you when someone mentions martinis and hope you are doing well.


50 posted on 10/06/2011 8:35:44 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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