Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Monday, November 12, 2012 - nugatory
Posted on 11/12/2012 7:13:06 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".
nugatory \NOO-guh-tor-ee; NYOO-\ , adjective
1. Trifling; insignificant; inconsequential.
2. Having no force; inoperative; ineffectual.
Tygiel's forte as a historian is his eye for what may appear nugatory or marginal but, when focused upon, illuminates the temper of a given moment.
-- Roberto Gonzlez Echevarria, "From Ruth to Rotisserie", New York Times, July 2, 2000
Jacoby's offense was no offense -- or an error so nugatory as to demand no more than a one-sentence explanation.
-- Lance Morrow, "In Boston, a Foolish Consistency of Little Minds", Time, July 19, 2000
Socialism no longer restrains; trade unions do so much less than they did; moral inhibitions over the acquisition and display of wealth are nugatory.
-- John Lloyd, "If not socialism, what will persuade the rich willingly to pay more taxes to help the poor and preserve a decent society?", New Statesman, August 2, 1996
Nugatory comes from Latin nugatorius, from nugari, "to trifle," from nugae, "jests, trifles."
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!
top of the morning to you.
The nugatory effort depicted above is a far cry from the shock and awe that marked the beginning of the end for Saddam.
Used in a sentence “the nugatory party” has failed the people” I hope we can all agree that from now on we will refer to the “republican party” as “the nugatory party”
Stop, you’re messing up my hair! A+ for you.
John Boehner is a nugatory Speaker of the House of Representatives.
I think he needs to give up that post. A for you, D- for him.
Sorry to be late. I realize that my excuse is nugatory, but the ping did not come until 9:13 AM and my dental appointment was at 9:15 AM. Had I known that today’s appointment would be so brutal, I’d have come to class.
Some confections have a nougatory amount of ingredients...
A+ for you. Chocolate is always worth a good grade. The classroom is very quiet today. The rain finally stopped here so I can go run after school gets out, although the temp has dropped 12 degrees since this morning.
It appears Obama thinks because
He was re-elected by a hair
He should raise all the taxes
And nobody will really care
I suppose he hasn’t figured out
He is only a jester and fool-
A nugatory Manchurian candidate
For those who seek to rule
Like Nixon, he has a mirror
That is magic, to show his best
And like Nixon in his 2nd term
His false image fails the test...
Plus, nobody died in Watergate. A+ for you and remember, Nixon started his second term too...
There’s a nugatory (hey, that’s racist!) president in the White House.
A for you and welcome to WFTD!
I’ve read a number of articles claiming that Nixon was already trying to cram the genie back into the bottle even before his second term began, so I couldn’t resist the comparison. I’m enough of a voyeur to enjoy sordid sex scandals, but I wish the only casualties of Bengazigate were careers and personal relationships.
Considering the drilling we received last week, I passed the word that Conservatives were to get the real stuff, and the Dems were to get the placebo. Either your Dentist did not get the word, or you were shown into the wrong procedure room.
My deepest apologies for that error.
The news is so depressing these days that I’d be happy for anything nugatory.
The Freep is good for that. A for you.