Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, March 28, 2013 – atavistic
Posted on 03/28/2013 5:48:35 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".
of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type.
Buck exhibits atavistic characteristics when his instincts and memories of an impossibly distant past "call" him and reassert themselves into his behavior.
-- Jack London, The Call of the Wild
...so that when Mrs. and Miss Hulme of Kansas City cut them dead in the Plaza one evening, it was only that Mrs. and Miss Hulme, like most people, abominated mirrors of their atavistic selves.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
Derived from the Latin atavus meaning "ancestor," atavistic gained popularity in the 1870s.
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!
Obama stroked his atavistic delusions by writing “Dreams From My Father”.
Barack’s white lineage, atavistic
Includes Karl Marx, collectivistic
On his black side he springs
From some African kings
Harsh rulers, but he’s more egotistic
When Hubert received an unexpected going away party he realized that being called atatvistic was not the same as receiving an “attaboy”.
Very quiet this AM. Has everyone gone to the Bahamas to boogie with the First Daughters?
You mean the ones who vacation once a month on our dime? It is spring break for most of the class. I’m waiting for it to warm up a bit more to hit the park.
No, but I am going to Trinidad next week.
Boooo! I’m snowbound and going to the hospital next week where they will (in graphic terms) cut off my leg, discard my knee, put in a new knew, and sew me back together again. Not looking forward to i. Shameless request for prayers,
That is a new KNEE.
We will cover you with them. Do your PT, it makes all the difference.
Honestly, I’m surprised they got that trade. I wasn’t sure that we needed more help. Things have been going pretty well lately.
It’s always defense that is important in the playoffs.
Because defense is what wins championships.
Well, if it’s any consolation, I’m going to work, not for fun.
I’m pretty sure it won’t be snowing, so there is that.
My mom got a new knee last May. It’s not going to be fun, but the end result should be better.
That word is one I use as a “polite” insult to the few liberals out here...
The genetic makeup of liberals
Really should be studied-
By a totally neutral group
So the results aren’t muddied
I’m sure there’s a reason for
Them being nasty and rude-
And an atavistic compulsion
To grab all our money and food
Some common ancestral connection
May account for the childish rage
They exhibit when they’re thwarted
No matter what their age...
That is excellent. A+ for you.
Prayers for you-one of the guys I hike with when he is home on the weekends got a new knee about 8 months ago to replace one injured multiple times, and he is very, very pleased-he works in the road during the week, and he says his level of pain and fatigue at work is way down. I’m sure you will be delighted with your results, too.
Awhile back, I bought my cats a couple of those little super-bouncy hard vinyl balls put out by 9 Lives cat food. They really like for me to roll one down the hall for them to chase after-they are great cat toys. Last evening, I rolled one down the hall, Titus and Midget girl raced after it-it hit the back door, and started bouncing down the hall in the opposite direction.
When Midget girl saw it coming toward her, she screeched to a stop and fell over her own paws to reverse direction, trying to keep the ball from overtaking her. I was laughing so hard-I’ve seldom seen anything that funny...
That sounds hilarious! Cat antics are funny, even more so when they try to recover their cool with a “yeah-I-meant-to-do-that” strut afterward.
A++ for you(the extra + is for truculent, one of my all-time favorite words).
What a handsome, happy little boy!
“recover their cool”
The Midget’s idea of recovering her cool is to hiss at the offending object as she runs to hide under the plant stand-in some ways, she behaves like the feral cat she almost became...
That’s wonderful. :)
Is he still truculant and oppositional? Gorgeous, we know he is.
Thanks for the prayers.
Nice story. Reminds me of Br. Casey from my sons’ HS in Houston. It was a small school and to be competitive, every boy had to participate in some sport — even if it was inermural croquet! My older son’s Sr.year thy won first in state in all eight sports.
But Br. Casey (who was the team trainer, as well as the Prefect of Discipline) probably spent more time with the boys than any other faculty member. He stayed with Strake Jesuit Colege Prep from its founding until now — longer than any teacher, president, or principal.
Politicians have long known that tempting the atavistic desires of mankind, greed, sex, food, jealousy etc., were the most effective way of garnering support from the people. Obama has raised it to an art.
Hopefully your son is doing well and coping with his situation......I feel there is no hope for the obams with their anger.
Those of us with the gift of Irish blood are happy to use the word feisty instead of ODD. Adorable pic and it sounds like he used his character to his advantage as he grew up.
He and the progressives always win the PR wars in the media, don’t they? A for you.
What PR war? The so called journalists only give his side. It’s two to one.
Not so. When my older son was in the school the boys were required to wear ties to class. If a boy arrived at school without a tie (or lost it during the day) he had to go to the Prefect of Discipline and rent one (25 cents) or he couldn’t enter a school building. LOL. I’m sure that Br. Casey meted out harsher discipline for other crimes, but generally he was well liked and respected.
In case you are wondering how a boy could “lose” his tie during a day of classes, they were only required to wear the ties inside the buildings. One day I sat in the parking lot, waiting to pick up my son for the orthodontist, and watched boys changing classes. Every kid would whip off his tie (one handed) the moment he stepped out of the building. Then he would flail that tie at other boys furiously as he walked and swing it around his own neck and retie the knot (one handed) before stepping into the next building. The skill was amazing, but I vowed that day to never buy my kid a NEW tie to wear to school again. All of his ties came out of the St. Vinney’s bag (from his father’s closet) from then on.
By the time my younger son entered that school, they’d dropped the tie requirement! LOL.
I heard this on the radio just awhile ago-now I’ll be singing it for hours-
“A circumstance beyond our control, oh oh oh oh
The phone, the tv and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh
Threw sand in our eyes and descended like flies
Put us back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang
The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they’ve done to you
But I’ll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They’ll fall to ruin one day
For making us part”
“Pride and Prejudice”-the British one with whats-her-name Knightly-is on Oxygen-I’ll put the song out of mind by watching her Elizabeth Bennett verbally emasculate that asshat Darcy-I never get tired of seeing that...
Keira, the stick. She’s very attractive and I love Jane Austen’s writings. I think I’m off to catch some zzz’s before tonight’s game.
It looks like you are having fun, posting from an iPad? A+ for you.
I read elsewhere that it has already been pointed out to the useful idiot from Dallas that our state constution does not support anything like that-it would cause the fetching of tar and feathers...
Longing for the good old days of maulers & brawlers while attending a boxing match makes you atavistic at a fistic event...
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