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Word For The Day, Thursday, July 24, 2014 mot juste
dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 July 2014 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 07/24/2014 4:57:43 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".

mot juste \ moh ZHYST \ , noun
French . the exact, appropriate word.

Example sentences:
I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste —the one and only correct word to use—the man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations...
-- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast , 1964

I felt that something might be learned of what I wanted from Flaubert and the mot juste so admired by Ford and Pound.
-- A. S. Byatt, "Still Life/nature morte," Passions of the Mind , 1991

Etymology:
Mot juste is a borrowing from the French word of thesame spelling and meaning. It entered English in the late 1800s.

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 07/24/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT 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 07/24/2014 5:00:08 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Well, that’s exactly the right word!


3 posted on 07/24/2014 5:03:03 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Will all of you people who keep "fixing" things please stop? Making them work again is killing me.)
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To: secret garden
Here's a response that is simply beyond refutation:
"Eleven apples in a can, make Mott's Applesauce just grand!"

4 posted on 07/24/2014 5:15:23 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Will all of you people who keep "fixing" things please stop? Making them work again is killing me.)
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To: secret garden
Obama failed to find the mot juste when he sold the ACA to the American people.
5 posted on 07/24/2014 5:18:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NicknamedBob

No, one thousand apples.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 5:43:34 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Be careful opening it.


7 posted on 07/24/2014 5:46:32 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Will all of you people who keep "fixing" things please stop? Making them work again is killing me.)
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To: secret garden

Dear Lord, what is the mot juste
To make Obama go? just
Beam me the word
I’ll nod twice when I’ve heard
“Impeachment” would be so just


8 posted on 07/24/2014 6:02:04 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When using "he" or "him" to refer to Barack Obama, is it still okay to use the lower case "h"?)
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To: secret garden

The mot juste to describe Obama would be Liar.

There are others that are mot juste but should not be used in polite company.


9 posted on 07/24/2014 6:02:40 AM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: secret garden

I was trying to think of a synonym for ‘thesaurus’ but could not come up with a mot juste.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 6:06:13 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: secret garden

Never have liked a mot juste; much prefer Larry’s or Curly’s justes...


11 posted on 07/24/2014 6:31:25 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: HammerT

Anti-colonialist.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 6:58:56 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: NicknamedBob
A for you!
13 posted on 07/24/2014 7:07:28 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
And he doesn't care. A for you.
14 posted on 07/24/2014 7:08:11 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
Binary mistake, I'm sure.
15 posted on 07/24/2014 7:08:52 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Lovely. A+ for you.
16 posted on 07/24/2014 7:09:43 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: HammerT

Very true and A for you.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 7:10:16 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: VRWCmember

Clever boy. A for you.


18 posted on 07/24/2014 7:10:51 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SAJ

I think that makes you a stoogist. A for you.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Mot juste -- when not juste any word will do ....
20 posted on 07/24/2014 7:14:06 AM PDT by mikrofon (Exactement)
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To: mikrofon

Another clever boy. It almost sounds like a commercial when you phrase it like that, doesn’t it? A for you!


21 posted on 07/24/2014 7:19:25 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NicknamedBob
Mot juste -- NTBCW le Mott jus which settles at the top ....
22 posted on 07/24/2014 7:20:36 AM PDT by mikrofon (Justement)
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To: secret garden
No mot juste could justify this.
23 posted on 07/24/2014 8:39:35 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: secret garden

Il faut trouver le mot juste pour ce type de peuple — ou de religion:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184444/posts

(Translation: You have to find the right word for this kind of people — or religion.) And people still think Islam is a religion or peace?

(BTW, I majored in French — finally came in handy.)


24 posted on 07/24/2014 9:03:08 AM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: NeoCaveman

Another reason to despise the midget commish. A+ for you.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 9:37:13 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: MoochPooch

I had 3 years of it in HS and hoped I would be able to use it on a work trip to Canada. I was disappointed. The presentation was in Toronto. A+ for you!


26 posted on 07/24/2014 9:38:28 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I like when the Canadians share word on their bilingual signs. Like at the convenience store, it says:

Lotto
CENTRE
de Loto


27 posted on 07/24/2014 9:59:46 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden

The people across the river who have a watchdonkey for their goats have bought some peacocks/peafowl-when I was walking this morning, they were in the trees at the fence of that property, screeching while the donkey stood underneath and brayed. I’m sure no intelligent predator will try to grab a goat with all that racket...

No matter what the day brings
Obama’s minions haven’t a clue-
They can’t find the mot juste
With many words or just a few

When Earnest opens his mouth
To the gaggle of the press
They know that he is Josh-ing
So they tune out and guess

And now they are complaining
Because the bubble has burst-
And they’re being lied to now
But they are hardly the first
Has been fronn the very first


28 posted on 07/24/2014 11:17:13 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Oops-discarded half-done line not taken out...


29 posted on 07/24/2014 11:20:52 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

You should never discard a half-done line. You might want it later.


30 posted on 07/24/2014 11:57:56 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

I can retrieve it if I need to-my hard drive is vaccinated against Lois Lerner crashes...


31 posted on 07/24/2014 12:05:06 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: secret garden

I am struggling to come up with the mot juste to describe my freedom. I am out of home physical therapy and will start Monday at the out patient center. I am going out to dinner tonight to celebrate.


32 posted on 07/24/2014 12:16:47 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: secret garden

Officially, I went from 55 degrees to 80. I cannot wait to hit 120.


33 posted on 07/24/2014 12:18:06 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: tioga

That is fantastic, Ti-I hope you have the best dinner ever...


34 posted on 07/24/2014 12:19:44 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: tioga

I remember well how welcome thar feeling is of finally escaping confinement! ENJOY!!


35 posted on 07/24/2014 1:58:51 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Texan5

A+ for you! I remember what a racket the peacocks in the quad at Fort Sam caused. Good security system they have in place.


36 posted on 07/24/2014 2:05:47 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: tioga

Is it relief? Congrats on the hard work and increased flexibility! Keep up the good work!


37 posted on 07/24/2014 2:06:57 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

They have been popular watchbirds in the boonies for as long as I can remember, and they are good ones, too-and pretty, but these are closer to me-less than 1/4 mile-and no one for a couple of miles can fail to hear their noise and the donkey’s and go see what is going on.

I’m partial to guineas as watchbirds myself-they are easier to manage, hang out with your chickens, etc. The eggs are delicious, too but they like to lay them under brush, not in henhouses so finding them an Easter egg hunt...


38 posted on 07/24/2014 2:20:03 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

They are also smaller and easier to keep and clean up after!


39 posted on 07/24/2014 2:47:31 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

On Tuesday, I finally went down the front stairs by myself...with no railing. Before that I would chicken out. I went out today and walked around the block. Too many neighbors wanting to talk, but otherwise successful. I was tired when I got back and had to get my own ice and cold drink. That is a riot watching me climb stairs with those in tow. I put the drink up a couple of steps then pick it up and move it higher, until I reach the top. I laugh at myself the whole way. I must look silly. I have to wait for dinner till DH is off duty. He accepted a shift driving ambulance AFTER he agreed to dinner out....the party pooper.


40 posted on 07/24/2014 2:58:33 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: secret garden; Texan5

oops, meant to ping you two.


41 posted on 07/24/2014 2:59:12 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: secret garden

Guineas are fairly smart, too-they are wary of predators, probably because they aren’t as domesticated as chickens-or peacocks. And that vocalization they start when they are disturbed is loud and distinctive...


42 posted on 07/24/2014 3:15:01 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: tioga

No matter what time you get to go, you will enjoy it!!


43 posted on 07/24/2014 3:47:44 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Classroom opening soon.


44 posted on 07/25/2014 9:05:39 AM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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