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Word For The Day, Thursday, March 28, 2013 atavistic
dictionaries ad nauseam | 28 March 2013 | Thursday's sub

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".

atavistic\at-uh-VIS-tik\ adjective
of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type.

Example sentences:
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

Etymology:
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 Threads:

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!


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1 posted on 03/28/2013 5:48:35 AM PDT by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 03/28/2013 5:49:17 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Obama stroked his atavistic delusions by writing “Dreams From My Father”.


3 posted on 03/28/2013 5:51:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
He didn't write that! A for you.
4 posted on 03/28/2013 5:58:38 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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


5 posted on 03/28/2013 6:08:43 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
A+ for you. I picture him stepping out of a limo while a narrator reads this limerick.
6 posted on 03/28/2013 6:14:45 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Atavistic

When Hubert received an unexpected going away party he realized that being called atatvistic was not the same as receiving an “attaboy”.

7 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:07 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
A for you.
8 posted on 03/28/2013 6:45:54 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Very quiet this AM. Has everyone gone to the Bahamas to boogie with the First Daughters?


9 posted on 03/28/2013 7:37:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


10 posted on 03/28/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No, but I am going to Trinidad next week.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Are you excited about Iggy?
12 posted on 03/28/2013 7:45:39 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

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,


13 posted on 03/28/2013 7:50:47 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SoothingDave

That is a new KNEE.


14 posted on 03/28/2013 7:52:16 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We will cover you with them. Do your PT, it makes all the difference.


15 posted on 03/28/2013 7:52:33 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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.


16 posted on 03/28/2013 7:53:14 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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Because defense is what wins championships.


17 posted on 03/28/2013 7:54:20 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


18 posted on 03/28/2013 7:54:21 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For sure.


19 posted on 03/28/2013 8:15:45 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Viva il papa)
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To: secret garden

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...


20 posted on 03/28/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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