Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, September 20, 2012 - diapason
Posted on 09/20/2012 4:17:18 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".
diapason \dahy-uh-PEY-zuhn\ , noun
1. A full, rich outpouring of melodious sound.
2. The compass of a voice or instrument.
3. A fixed standard of pitch.
4. Either of two principal timbres or stops of a pipe organ, one of full, majestic tone (open diapason) and the other of strong, flutelike tone (stopped diapason).
5. Any of several other organ stops.
6. A tuning fork.
During the whole interval in which he had produced those diapason blasts, heard with such inharmonious feelings by the three auditors outside the screen, his thoughts had wandered wider than his notes in conjectures on the character and position of the gentleman seen in Ethelberta's company.
-- Thomas Hardy, The Hand of Ethelberta
And so those two, angry accuser and indifferent accused, faced each other for a moment; while, incessant, dull, might, the thunders of the great cataract mingled with the trembling diapason of the stupendous turbines in the rock-hewn caverns where old Niagara now toiled in fetters, to swell their power and fling gold into their bottomless coffers.
-- George Allan England, The Air Trust
Diapason was originally an abbreviation of the Greek phrase "hē dià pāsôn chordôn symphōnía" which meant "the concord through all the notes of the scale."
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!
And then there is meaning number 7 - This Freeper! So called because she is an organist.
Barack believes his voice a diapason
“So perfect is the pitch, ain’t I amazin’?”
‘though mellifluous in tone
The words are Marx’s, not his own
“How dare you find a fault in my-uhh-phrasin’”
The diapason of administration voices touting the anti-Muhammed video meme as the cause of the world-widerioting and swath of killing and destruction is truly alarming. Are they naive, or are they evil?
This reminds me of an event that happened to me many years ago.
I was contracted to play the organ for a wedding in an old Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain, MA. Because these old churches often have antiquated pipe organs, I made an appointment with the priest to test out the organ the night before, so I would become familiar with it. The priest was very accommodating, but as he unlocked the old church, he smiled and said,”Just DON’T touch the Red Button”.
So there I was, alone in this huge, dark, Gothic edifice, facing an array of tibiae, Diapasons, and couplers...AND a Red Button that said “CHIMES”.
My modern mind, steeped in the lore of MIDI, PCM Sound Modules, and Synthesizers, had a delightful thought. Why Not play the Bridal March in CHIMES...all I had to do was press that red button...
With a simple touch of the Red Button, the Chimes in the Tower began to peal out, shaking the entire neighborhood out of their beds and into the streets, as if the Soviets had landed and were invading the neighborhood.
Father was NOT amused.
LaMarr Woodley on South Park next week.
Naivil. I'm coining new words, ahead of my classroom, which will be on Wednesday.
Has the new season started?
Very bad, yet very strange music was heard coming from the church, but all the musicians were out of town.
Didaparson try to play the organ? No one knows.
Years ago, because my wife said I have not taken any duties with the twins, I had to diapason, and it was a mess. He still is.
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