Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, March 21, 2013 – discursive
Posted on 03/21/2013 4:30:48 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".
1. Jumping from topic to topic; rambling.
2. Proceeding logically, using reason or argument rather than emotion.
"The book is discursive, gently meandering down the River Thames."
--Three Men In A Boat; Northern Echo (Darlington, UK); Sep 20, 2012.
"Obama's penchant for discursive explanations has bothered no constituency more than his base, whose members see in his sometimes professorial tone a lack of passion for the cause at hand."
--Scott Wilson; In Arguing for Firearms Restrictions, Obama Points to Constitution; The Washington Post; Jan 17, 2013.
From Latin discurrere (to run about), from dis- (apart) + currere (to run). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kers- (to run), which is also the source of car, career, carpenter, occur, discharge, succor, and caricature. Earliest documented use: 1599.
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 have been discursive since my diet"
Little Johnny, a third-grader who is the youngest child in an Italian-American family in Brooklyn, remarked: “I couldn’t hardly learn to do printing, so how do dey expect me to learn discursive writing crap.”
2 I’ve been charged with being discursive when I tell stories.
Dis means no respect like “Ya’ll dissed my dog so ya’ll gonna get a full body massage with an ugly stick”.
Cursive is like saying bad things about Joe's wife, Oleo, calling her a thespian anna horticulturist.
So discursive is kinda like discussion and if you don't what cussin’ is, come to my house and the back of my momma’s hand and her combat boots will gently instruct you.
Professor Irwin Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority:
“... what was the question?”
A for you.
One of the big issues with the GOP is it’s complete inability to deal with the discursive assault upon them (and the Nation) by the Dems and their liberal lying leader. They shovel out an attack on issues, and then another, and still another before the GOP has ‘found’ their voice on the first topic. The GOP has no idea how to deal with a blitz attack, and still don’t. I hate to admit it, but it’s an effective strategy against a party who are already unnerved that the Press will say something bad about them.
And when the hell has the Press said anything good about the GOP?
With the likes of Boehner and McConnell and the rest of the old clowns, we’ll not get a upper hand in the national discourse, because they’re napping instead of fighting.
You’re exactly right. It’s time for them to man up. A for you.
I think dis cursive has been replaced by dat printing.
Do they even teach it anymore?
They still teach it in 3rd grade here.
Cool. Good to know.
OMG...they do NOT teach cursive or even printing anymore. No time with the added curriculum they are trying to teach. They figure with computers and spell/grammar check who needs it? No grammar is taught, either. I am SHOCKED. I correct spelling and teach grammar with a workbook I found at Sam’s. My 5th grader is appalled that I make him do extra stuff. Yes, I am smarter than a 5th grader.
It’s an adjective, not a noun, but you get an A+ for the graphic. :-)
I came back from s few hours in the woods, turned on the TV to get news, saw Obama scamming the Israelis, turned on some music instead...
What clueless advisor told
Obama that he’d look cunning
Making discursive speeches
Just like a rabbit running
A dash right, a feint left
And references to events
That he knows nothing about
Don’t add up to making sense
But changing his tactics now
Would only look much worse-
He’s already branded a liar
And a con man, chapter and verse...
Sad but true. You get an A+ for demonstrating something discursive.
A+ for you. Well done.
I saw that, then I got too busy...forgot about fixing it. Too much going on today. I did too much, now I suffer the pain.
We all should have known this was coming it’s a discursive route from taxes and land grabbing...now they just rob your bank accounts and cut you right out of the process. Time to hide our money in our mattresses again.
Thank you-I saw that the emperor’s visit to Israel isn’t going so peachy-he sounds almost schizophrenic in his speeches-nothing consistent but the annoying scolding that everyone always ignores.
And people wonder why a cash/barter economy is growing again. It used to be mostly rural people, illegals and the people who employ them-mostly small companies in labor intensive businesses. Not any more-plenty of people here will only work for cash, or even some barter. Money is safer in the Maxwell House Bank now...
Oh, the clip Rush played had him telling the youth of Israel that they need to make the change happen that they want...he got applause. I suspect he has a market for his old hope and change vaudeville act. Made me sick.
I’m pretty sure that the “change” the youth of Israel wants to make happen isn’t the same one Obama envisions...
He’s not but xshub wants a copy of the mag. I didn’t see it at wegmans today. He’s in LA so ill look for it tomorrow..
My eldest son lives in San Jose....he hadn’t realized that SU would be playing there until a day before the event when we texted him. Boy, was he disappointed. He is a huge SU fan, as my father had played both SU football for Schwartzwalder and freshman basketball when he went there. My son looks like a combination of DH’s father and mine. His mannerisms and interests are exactly like my father’s who died when my son was 18 months old. I suspect that is his why he likes SU so much. Schwartzwalder used to take him around the locker room and introduce him to the current players. He would tell them that my dad played football for him, tell them about some of his big plays then tell them that he was a walkon on the football team and attended SU on a scholastic scholarship. All my male cousins told me about this, me being a girl I couldn’t go in back then.
OK, enough rambling....time to prep for class.