Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, March 7, 2013 – gnomic
Posted on 03/07/2013 4:51:36 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".
gnomic \NOH-mik\ adjective
1. characterized by aphorism
2. given to the composition of aphoristic writing
Some critics have praised the young artist's gnomic utterances, while others argue that her sayings are simply pretentious rubbish.
"The film is grand but complex, canny and sincere. If Spielberg were more intellectual or more gnomic in discussing his films, he might be regarded not as a mass-market wizard but as a cult director."
From a film review by Francine Stock in Prospect, January 24, 2013
A gnome is an aphorismthat is, an observation or sentiment reduced to the form of a saying. Gnomes are sometimes couched in metaphorical or figurative language, they are often quite clever, and they are always concise. We borrowed the word "gnome" in the 16th century from the Greeks, who based their "gnōmē" on the verb "gignōskein," meaning "to know." (That other "gnome"the dwarf of folklorecomes from New Latin and is unrelated to today's word.) We began using "gnomic," the adjective form of "gnome," in the early 19th century. It describes a style of writing (or sometimes speech) characterized by pithy phrases, which are often terse to the point of mysteriousness.
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
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!
I had an argument yesterday with a guy who loved the movie “AVATAR”.
He insisted on loving it, even after I explained the gnomic bias towards reincarnation and environmentalism vs. capitalism and freedom.
And in my case, ignorant posting without checking before I hit send!
I got TWO Ribbons????
I blame my morning bleariness on watching most of the filibuster until the wee hours.
No problem. I will gladly concede the second ribbon.
It was nice while it lasted!
Ronald Reagan, smart and gnomic
On Freedom and matters economic
His “Shining city on a hill”
Always gave me such a thrill
Ronnie was truly “the cat’s pajamas”
Worth a million Barack Obamas
Bill O’Reilly is partial to gnomics — the pithier the better.
BTW, there was nothing gnomic about Rand Paul’s 13 hour rant yesterday. Don’t think that I disagree at all because I used the word rant. I loved every minute of it, but it was NOT pithy.
Hadn’t watched Oreilly in awhile, basically since hockey started back up. But i saw something on Twitter yesterday about the blowup he had with Colmes, i watched that vid and then watched the show last night. Mr. O has finally climbed on board. His talking points last night started with stating that Obama’s primary objective is to destroy the Republican party even if it means destroying the country in the process. His interaction with Dennis Miller was pretty sobering. Dennis said you are late to this particular party, Billy. He measured his words carefully but said that he didn’t think Obama was as nice or as smart as Bill had given him credit for originally.
Gnomic refers to the little men that herd gnus in Gnome, Alaska.
How’s this for pithy.
For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of the Senate.
Go Rand Go.
I thought you were going to tell me it was the megaphone used by the little Travelocity dude. A for you.
He’s worked from home all week but is going to go in today, so he must be feeling better. I’ve been told that my nursing skills are those of Nurse Ratched....
Meanwhile, one of my senators went out to dinner with the moron. I haven’t liked that guy from day one and he reinforces my belief regularly.
I do not totally object to mine doing so, but he should have been on the floor before or after to help in the assist.
But you see he’s of the McCain wing. And frankly that wing has lost us enough elections.
Your guy, if I remember right, is an odious RINO and shill for the banks who wants to push terrible legislation like “MERS 2”
I was told in my meeting last night that my supervisor, who is not a nurse, considered herself to know all about nursing because she once checked someone’s BP in an office. I was done at that point. I came home and told the spouse since I have been in the room for heart surgery, I know all about being a CV surgeon and because I have voted, I know all about being the president.
That’s him. The former mayor of Chattanooga.
That’s real leadership. wow!
But the others reported on it — even on other stations. Actually, I was out last night at our annual County Republican Caucus — a long, boring evening.
But, I made a difference. We blocked a really bad candidate from becoming treasurer with a nomination from the floor. And we blocked another really bad candidate from being elected as a Representative At Large.
The lady who will be treasurer was elected by ONE vote, so it was important that my husband and I attended. They even refused to count 2 of her votes because the voters wrote her in but did not circle her name. (so she ereally won by 3) Of course the chair did not tell us that was necessary to circle her name before we cast the ballots.
So, on the next ballot where we chose the Reps at Large — 5 out of 8 names, I voted for ONE and circled, checked, Xed, underlined, and made a little circle and colored it in. Just to be sure that the judges counting the ballots would know who I was voting for!
My Preezy told me our gnomic problems are due to those danged Repubicans and their squester.
That’s how you make a point with your vote! ROR!
A for you and welcome to WFTD!
Republican Caucuses are so Mickey Mouse in the first place and for the chair to change the rules in the middle of a vote is just unacceptable. (actually it was the County Judge counting the ballots who changed the rules) We had to call back ballots which were already being cast for the At Large candidates. Then those ballots had to be counted to be sure that all of them were collected. Those were destroyed. New ballots were distributed and we did the process all over again.
We didn’t get out until after all the restaurants were closed. I got a chicken sandwich from Mickie D’s that was too salty and not very satisfying. But, we got our candidates in. And the bad ones out. A good night all the way around. (But, I missed O’Reilly but caught the last half of the rerun of While Collar so I could study the maneuvers.)
The Anointed One’s ignorance of ecognomics is leading our Beloved Nation to an ignominious end.
I will conjure up a guess as to where he is today.
A for you!
Ahmadinejad: Chavez will be resurrected with Jesus
... says "Even the most tempting rose has thorns."
I would never make such infantile jokes about little men who inherited a pointy headed g nome.
Cloudy and 60-and maybe rain on the way-
The stupid, gnomic speeches
Designed for his adoring herds
Should get king Obama fined
For content, truth and words-
Say, maybe 100 dollars for each
Incorrectly constructed sentence-
And for each lie that it contains,
A requirement for full repentance-
Make him face the driveby media
With no koolaid for them to drink
Then see if they critique his speech
For causing an embarrassing stink...
I’m so glad to hear that xshub is feeling better!
All the ridiculous crap about Chavez coming from “important” people in Venezuela has me LMAO-the US gave him cancer, he died of a heart attack, he pleaded not to die because he was dedicated to people, etc-but that he will be “resurrected with Jesus” is almost blasphemy.
That shows what happens when a 3d world hellhole-like Saudi Arabia, etc-gets a false sense of importance and thinks their leaders are smart just because they can sell oil and buy WMDs...
I put CSPAN2 on last night and told my daughter that an old-fashioned filibuster was going on.
She was like “what was that word you just used?”
is that like Dave N Busters? ; ) xsbaby knows what it is, they had apparently discussed it in government bc she was familiar with the term. bc her dad used to work there, she also knows that there is a candy drawer in one of the desks on the floor, which different members take turns keeping stocked with candy. don’t know if it is precisely for such a purpose, but it’s a longstanding tradition to maintain such a stockpile.
We’re doing a mystery shop at 5 Guys tonight. We’ve been doing the 2 local ones for the last few months.
A+ for you!
Pardon my ignorance, but what is a “mystery shop?” Is it like going incognito to a restaurant to evaluate the food, service, etc?
Talk about an economic stimulus! A+ for you!
I thought Santorum was the one with the desk full of candy, back when he was there, courtesy of Hershey.
he may have candy in his desk, but there is a particular desk that is the candy desk and the members take turns filling it.
thanks! gearing up for round two after the procedure tomorrow!
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