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Word For The Day, Thursday, January 16, 2014 sophist
dictionaries ad nauseam | 16 January 2014 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 01/16/2014 4:24:10 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".

sophist (SOF-ist), noun
One who makes clever, but unsound arguments.

Example sentence:
"But this day Mansoor had turned five, and Ma used a sophist's argument to call for a celebration."
---M.G. Vassanji; The Assassin's Song; Doubleday; 2007.

Etymology:
From Latin sophista, from Greek sophistes (sage), from sophos (clever). Earliest documented use: 1542. In ancient Greece, Sophists were philosophers and teachers known for their subtle, but fallacious reasoning.

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 01/16/2014 4:24:10 AM PST by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; Conspiracy Guy; Laura Earl; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 01/16/2014 4:24:59 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
My sophistry for the day is this; that P. T. Barnum was right to warn us that "there's a sucker born every minute", but he should have mentioned that he was talking about real parasites.
3 posted on 01/16/2014 4:37:48 AM PST by NicknamedBob (My cleverness often has to be severely constrained in order to fit in a tagl)
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To: NicknamedBob
Except that is true. A for you.
4 posted on 01/16/2014 4:42:17 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

DC is full of rhetoric and devoid of sophistry. Most of their garbage is neither clever nor sound.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 4:56:16 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
A for you!
6 posted on 01/16/2014 4:57:36 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Sofa-ist is a synonym for couch potato : )


7 posted on 01/16/2014 5:00:57 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Someone who got punched a lot was so-fisticated


8 posted on 01/16/2014 5:03:46 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad. :()
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To: secret garden

There’s such a fine line between clever and, well, you know. :-)


9 posted on 01/16/2014 5:03:50 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

no, i don’t.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 5:24:03 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
A for you!
11 posted on 01/16/2014 5:25:08 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
A+ for inventive usage!
12 posted on 01/16/2014 5:26:03 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
In the current Webster's dictionary under sophist, there is a picture of Baraq Hussein 0bama (mmm mmm mmm).

5.56mm

13 posted on 01/16/2014 5:26:43 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: SoothingDave
You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...

A+ for you!
14 posted on 01/16/2014 5:28:46 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: M Kehoe

A for you!


15 posted on 01/16/2014 5:29:18 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Stupid.

(The next word, not you.)


16 posted on 01/16/2014 5:34:05 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

We need a full day of Tap here. Either a Tuesday or a Thursday.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 5:44:16 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
A lot of sophist comments on this thread about locking a kindergartener in the closet and forgetting about him. Teacher went home sick with the little guy still locked in. What is our policy here by the way?
18 posted on 01/16/2014 6:06:08 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: tioga

Everyone is out of the closet here. A+ for you.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 6:24:26 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

The hallowed halls—the Oval Office
Engendered a new breed of sophist
“I didn’t have sex”
“Keep your doctor,” they vex
‘cause the choice of who’s worse is the toughest


20 posted on 01/16/2014 6:39:00 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: secret garden

good one! ROR!!!


21 posted on 01/16/2014 6:39:48 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
They are all dethpicable. /Sylvester

A+ for you.
22 posted on 01/16/2014 6:45:35 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: tioga

Everybody puts a marble in a fishbowl when they come in and takes the marble out when they leave.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 7:39:37 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy
Get your guns while you can. Elections have consequences.
24 posted on 01/16/2014 8:11:36 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: SoothingDave

and all goes well till you lose your marbles...


25 posted on 01/16/2014 8:12:07 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: tioga
House of Delegates is in Republican hands. Terry's hands are tied.
26 posted on 01/16/2014 8:17:59 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: hobbes1
not to encourage you or anything, but this is so true:


27 posted on 01/16/2014 8:34:26 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: xsmommy

if your state legislature is 2/3 Rep how the hell did terry get elected? cheat much did he?


28 posted on 01/16/2014 8:35:39 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: tioga

they demonized Cooch as anti-woman, and the NRSC did not give Cooch the $ he needed to counter McAuliffe’s mendacious media blitz.


29 posted on 01/16/2014 8:38:56 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: tioga
I don't know what the bent of YAHOO news is, but i was encouraged to see the comments to this article were uniformly [at least as far as i got] antiOBams.
30 posted on 01/16/2014 8:39:50 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

And here I thought absolutely anyone with a pulse could get accepted to some college.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 8:58:06 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

well as the comments make clear, obv the intent is to make it more available for FREE to those who cannot afford to get a scholarship or to pay tuition. Anyone who needs to go to college can go, IMO. this is BS as is most everything else he spews.


32 posted on 01/16/2014 9:04:48 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Why the heck does he keep appearing with his sleeves rolled up, as if he has ever done a real job that required it? All style, no substance, ladies and gentlemen, this is the democrat party.


33 posted on 01/16/2014 9:08:55 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Nancy Pe-lousey displays a remarkable talent for sophistry when she argues that extending unemployment benefits boosts the economy!


34 posted on 01/16/2014 9:10:47 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden

POSER POSEUR


35 posted on 01/16/2014 9:12:36 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

My daughter (along with 25 other members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus) sang the Start Spangled Banner for the opening of the house of Delegates last week.


36 posted on 01/16/2014 9:18:34 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy

They complain that we don’t have smart kids, but the smart ones cannot afford to go to college, while the poorer undereducated get in free. Makes no sense.


37 posted on 01/16/2014 9:29:37 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That must have been very nice.


38 posted on 01/16/2014 9:37:56 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: tioga

oh i think the smart ones have no trouble at all in this day and age, there is tons of scholarship $ available. Obama wants to get into college the ones that have no business being there.


39 posted on 01/16/2014 9:38:43 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

There are lots of smart kids with poor parents, just not dirt poor in ghettos. Poor from medical bills, business failures, etc. The upper middle class that has some kind of financial upheaval, that is so common today. They incur untold debt to go to school with no job prospects when they get out. Yet we all pay for these underachieving kids to go these days.


40 posted on 01/16/2014 9:47:35 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Great example. A for you.


41 posted on 01/16/2014 9:50:22 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

A perfect descriptive word for so much BS...

All the stale, sophist lectures
Fueling the Obama minions’ ruse
Look less like of a revelation
And more like another excuse

The website selling Obamacare
Doesn’t safeguard information-
So smart people ran away from it
While he was on his last vacation

Higher premiums and deductibles-
Sign up, pay a fine and they shove
You into a one size fits all plan-
What is there for you not to love?

I didn’t realize it had gotten so cold last night-the clothes I’d hung out on the line were frozen early this AM...


42 posted on 01/16/2014 9:50:55 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: xsmommy

Scholarships are dependent on much more than grades, unfortunately. Very little money is offered for white suburban kids.


43 posted on 01/16/2014 9:52:06 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

TY


44 posted on 01/16/2014 9:52:18 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Texan5

A+ for you! It just got above freezing here, finally. I am tired of winter and it’s been less than one month.


45 posted on 01/16/2014 9:53:32 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Pe-lousey further displays her talent for sophistry when she interprets the writings of St. Augustine for the rest of us! Miss Crankshaft has no end to her arrogance.


46 posted on 01/16/2014 9:55:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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“the ones that have no business being there”.

Is that ever the truth-that kid of mine drank the koolaid while getting a masters in science, and is now saddled with a debt she will likely never pay off, while the ones you are talking about got a free ride, even though they barely squeaked by-some with grades adjusted up ala affirmative action BS.

Cruel person that I am, I’m staying in my rabbit hole so I can’t even be asked to help-I told her she was being Pollyanna, and besides, I’m broke myself.


47 posted on 01/16/2014 10:00:59 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

I hear ya!


48 posted on 01/16/2014 10:03:35 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: secret garden

Thank you! I’ve had about enough of it myself-and I usually like winter-the days are in the 60’s and sunny, but the temperature drops like a rock after dusk, and it is frigid until noon...


49 posted on 01/16/2014 10:04:40 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

For those of us who crave the outdoors, it is not pleasant to be out there lately.


50 posted on 01/16/2014 10:23:52 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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