Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, May 2, 2013 – aleatory
Posted on 05/02/2013 4:41:48 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".
aleatory \EY-lee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, AL-ee-\ , adjective
1. of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element.
2. Law. depending on a contingent event: an aleatory contract.
3. Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.
...it was not a matter of reduction at all, butperverselyof expansion, the aleatory flutter of uncontrolled, metastatic growth
-- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996
[Man] is supposed to love happiness; it is my contention that he rather loves excitement. Danger, enterprise, hope, the novel, the aleatory, are dearer to man than regular meals.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson, The Day After To-morrow, 1866
Hailing from the Latin word meaning "the dice" or "chance" alea, aleatory first surfaced in English in the late seventeenth century.
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!
Morning. Already went on my first walk of the day...it’s beautiful out.
Aleatory economic pump priming by the Federal Reserve has had no economic benefit for the country, only for the privileged bankster class.
That’s a ‘tory about beer...Ale, A ‘tory. All the extra “s”s were stolen for Mississississippi.
poor baby, hope he’s better soon.
Here’s your A. I think you got a little carried away there. Imagine that!
Me too. Apparently yesterday’s sedation is still wearing off and making him sickish. He will have the big surgery in a few weeks.
G’mornin’. Got up to type the final version of my husband’s 2013 business plan, and I can’t read his scribbles in his edit. I guess I’ll have to wake him up for a translation. Crimony, my leg hurts this AM. Can’t think of a single use for the word aleatory.
I get a haircut today. Hope I feel better after that.
My aleatory knee pain was manageable for my morning walk.
Better to be carried by six than judged an elf. Or something like that.
I thought for sure you’d go for the musical definition. The haircut will make you feel better. Maybe some ice cold BenGay for the knee?
It also allows the government the ability to habitually overspend until the day of reckoning.
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