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23 de dezembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

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Word of the Day

Thursday, December 23, 2010

zenith

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ZEE-nith  , noun;

1.
A highest point or state; culmination.

2.
The point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer. Opposite of nadir.

This performance, this zenith  of consummate operatic staging, dramatic force, and perfected vocal artistry, had been frozen for all time.
Philip K. Dick, The World Jones Made
Blackpool could not be in better shape for the visit of Manchester United this week, given their manager Ian Holloway’s claim that the performance at the Reebok Stadium represented the zenith  of his stewardship.
Richard Gibson, “Ian Holloway talks up Blackpool as Bolton throw caution to the wind,” http://www.guardian.co.uk, November, 2010
The source of zenith  is an error in transcription by ancient scribes. The M in the Arabic samt , “road,” was mistaken for an N, resulting in a Middle Latin senit .

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Word of the DayMonday, December 13, 2010

13 de dezembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

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prosopography

pros-uh-POG-ruh-fee
noun;
1.
A description of a person’s appearance, career, personality, etc.

2.
A study of a collection of persons or characters, esp. their appearances, careers, personalities, etc., within a historical, literary, or social context.

See him deteriorate, I beg your pardon, demonstrate the grip, the stance, with all the zeal of prosopography , as he faces the pitcher, to demonstrate most unconvincingly, standing holding the bat limply in a fashion thought to be resolute, nothing deterred, just standing there facing the unseen pitcher. Perkins.
Aidan Higgins, Flotsam & jetsam
Beyond the exemplary tone of Pliny’s account, the epistle suggests that the question at hand was not merely academic for all the parties involved: if the received prosopography  of the participants is accurate, the exchange between the historian and his subject did not take place long after the facts.
Ilaria Marchesi, The art of Pliny’s letters: a poetics of allusion in the private correspondence
Prosopography  ultimately originates in the combination of the Greek roots prosopon , “face, or person,” and graphia , “writing of.”
Origin:

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Word of the Day

2 de dezembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

Well, not me sir, it’s just a dictionary.

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tristful

Full
of
sadness;
sorrowful.
TRIST-fuhl
It ran as follows: showing that he was at least an accomplished writer, and no mere boor, and what is more, was capable of the most tristful  eloquence.
Herman Melville, “The Hermit Oberlus,” The Encantadas
He brushed by a gaunt, cadaverous, tristful  man in a black raincoat with a star-shaped scar in his cheek and a glossy mutilated depression the size of an egg in one temple.
Joseph Heller, Catch-22: a novel
Origin:
Tristful  stems from the Old French triste , “sad.”

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Word of the Day Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1 de dezembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

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palingenesis

Rebirth; regeneration.
The doctrine of transmigration of souls.

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Dicionário do diabo: Prescrição

16 de novembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

Na imaginação do médico, algo que irá prolongar a situação do paciente causando o menor dano possível.

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Prescription
n. A physician’s guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

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Plano: Preocupar-se com o melhor método para conquistar um resultado acidental.

13 de novembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

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Plan
v.t. To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.
The Devil’s Dictionary by Abrose Bierce

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Dicionário do Diabo: Filantropo

3 de novembro de 2010 Deixe um comentário

Devil’s Dictionary – Filantropo: Um cavalheiro rico e idoso (geralmente careca) que treinou o sorriso enquanto sua consciência furta sua carteira.

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The Devil’s Dictionary by Abrose Bierce
Philanthropist
n. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.

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