Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, May 29, 2014 – meliorism
Posted on 05/29/2014 4:52:58 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".
meliorism \MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh- \ , noun
The doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; andsuch a contemplation of the world we call meliorism .
-- Paul Carus, Monism and Meliorism , 1885
The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists, the idea that significant progresscould be made through consciousness-raising and education campaigns, through consensus andgradual reform.
-- David Brooks, "The Ideas Behind the March," The New York Times , 2013
Meliorism entered English in the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin word melior meaning "better."
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!
Hillary long felt that her world and her finances needed to be meliorated by cash, since the Clintons had none. First she registered a “gift list”, filled with suggested expensive gifts, when their term in the WH ended. Then she took her gigantic book advance, followed by expensive speaking tours. Now, it seems that there is $6B missing from State Department accounts under her watch. I’d say she’s meliorated her finances enough.
Mooch-elle’s attempt at nutritional meliorism through meal-iorism, particularly her school lunch initiative, has been a typical Obama farce, a complete and utter failure.
The doctrine of the current “administration” would be more aptly called ‘me-liarism’.
Collectivists love to ameliorate meliorism!
You have been a busy bee this morning!
It’s like an AD-ministration, isn’t it? All campaign and zero substance or follow-through. A for you.
Do you remember FRee Republic’s “Count the Silverware Ball” after “W’s” first Inauguration?
That was all based on a WH usher’s remark that when the Clintons leave the WH, somebody should “count the silverware.” And then we found out about all the furniture and knick knacks she stole, including the bust of JFK.
A for you!
I looked but couldn’t find the gif of her in that enormous brown trench coat leaving the WH, and it was loaded with silverware.
Karelyn is a future veterinarian who volunteers her time at her local humane society, where she often plays with the cats. At home, this animal-lover has three cats and one dog and can often be found knitting, creating beaded jewelry or playing the piano. She would love to meet country superstar Taylor Swift, whos always on her playlist. Karelyn loves to meet fellow contestants at spelling bees and make friends with those who actually understand her love of spelling! She gets pumped up for a competition by eating a piece of candy; each time she has in the past, she's gone on to win.
But, she's a girl after my own heart with her use and excuse for CANDY! LOL
OMG. Who was that who made that gif? She used to post here all the time and has totally dropped out of sight. She was very creative with the computer.
A for you. Did you want grits with that?
I don’t remember. LadyJag used to post a lot of gifs here.
No. This member was so prolific that often her threads would go on and on with no responses. Her threads were lengthy, artistic, and graphic heavy.
Sometimes they were a little obtuse (at least to me.) I wasn’t always sure about her point, although she always had one. I haven’t seen her posting for several years. She may have gotten banned, or she may have left us because she was insulted at the lack of response. One of the old timers might remember her name, and a search of her name on FR would turn up that gif.
xshub and I were in attendance at the Count the Silverware ball!
So were we! That was the most fun of anything I’ve ever done, I think.
We went from the Ball to my daughter’s in VA to be present for the birth of one of my granddaughters on the 23rd. It was a memorable week!
it was definitely more fun than the OFFICIAL inaugural ball we attended for HW Bush’s inauguration! that was totally boring!
Thank you, thank you! I think there was another gif running around about the same time, and I can’t remember sho created it. It was more “cartoon” like.
The AGW (or “Climate Change” pick your favorite Lib euphemism) movement is the home of fascist, militant anti-meliorism & pseudo-science ...
There were people from the Wisconsin GOP establishment (including a National Committee member) who were locked out of the OFFICIAL G W Bush Inaugural Ball the same year that FReepers threw the “Count Your Silverware Ball”. They’d paid big bucks for the official Ball, and we’d paid $50/head, although many of us kicked in more $$$ afterwards when the committee came up short.
Somebody’s husband stepped out for a cigarette (from the official ball) and was never allowed back in to be with his wife because of Fire Marshall rules. Others said that the food at the official Balls was sparse and not very good, and the drinks were expensive and “watered”.
The DC FReepers threw one heck of a PARTY! I’ll never forget it — especially when Gov. Huckabee sang “Jailhouse Rock” and Kristinn and Dr. Rauel (sp.) danced in their masks and costumes.
yeah Huckabee was still tubby back then!
My husband spent some time talking to the Arkansas Trooper who accompanied Huckabee to the venue. The trooper told my husband that Huckabee would take his band any place in AR to place at a wedding, or anniversary, for free. The people loved it.
That was before he had a TV GIG to play at weekly! LOL!
There it is! Thank you!
Happy to help.
The ‘Capitol Offense’ “because we hang around the Capitol and offend just about everybody!”
Huckabee said that the 2nd question on the job application at the AR Capitol was, “What instrument do you play?”
Amen, brother. A for you. We’re ruining everything but more government and higher taxes can fix it.
I don’t think I know of that one.
If Obama thinks of meliorism,
It would have to be selective-
Somehow it would have to fit
With all his gloomy invective
Many cadets at West Point
Looked bored at his speech
And not at all respectful of
The stuff he tried to preach
Carter had more charisma,
And that is saying a lot
He’d served, and held a job-
Obama certainly has not...
Midget girl got up on the chair the minute I got home from an estimate, and is asleep against me, just like she is any time I’m at the computer-or sitting down reading, watching TV, or in bed asleep-where she is joined by Titus. I’ve never had a cat so insistent on touching a human-I suppose it is because she is such a little ‘fraidy cat, remembering when she was alone in the woods, and wants someone to protect her.
Our cat likes to be in the same room with us. Not on us unless it’s cold and then it’s just to absorb some body heat. A+ for you.
Titus and Yeti boy both have long, thick fur-they want to be in the same room and close-but not on, unless it is cold-Midget is a typical short-haired tabby-she likely prefers being warm more than they do...
As many as 40 members of my volunteer fire department have given up on meliorism. They are leaving the department for greener pastures after last night’s department elections. God help us. Just took a look at FB and wow. The animosity and infighting has spread to the whole community. Staggering.
If you have 40+ members, that is a pretty big squad.