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Ephemeral

August 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

– Lasting for a short period of time.
– (biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases
– (geology, of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.

Reticulate

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Even with little work to do in modern times, today’s verb retains an immortality for its appearance in Samuel Johnson’s definition of network: “Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections.” The definition of the reticulate is a challenge without circularity: the idea of network lurks in all senses of the word.

Contrarian

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

A contrarian is a person who takes up a contrary position, a person who seems to be “contrary for the sake of being contrary,” especially a position that is opposed to that of the majority, regardless of how unpopular it may be.[1] It is similar to iconoclasm; attacking or openly rejecting cherished beliefs and institutions or established values and practices, but unlike the contrarian, the motive is not simply to be contrary or a tool to incite discussion. Contrarian styles of argument and disagreement have historically been associated with radicalism and dissent.

Canonical

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

There are words we read so many times, specially in the domain of language that we practice in, that we use the words, and never really understand the meaning of the word, other than that it makes sense in the way, or how its used. One of these words for me was Canonical. Here is the dictionary meaning of the word.

The root here, canon, informs all the meanings of this useful adjective, which all relate to conformity, standards, and observance of norms. Favorite collocates these days are “gospel” and “text,” reflecting its use in relation to the canons (sanctioned texts) of various religions.