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Mar. 23rd, 2004 @ 01:16 pm
syntheticmuse
prose

\Prose\, n. [F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward, straight on, for proversus; pro forward + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.] 1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.

I speak in prose, and let him rymes make. --Chaucer.

Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. --Milton.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry, that is; prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best order. --Coleridge.

2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass

the morality of words Mar. 18th, 2004 @ 08:43 pm
syntheticmuse
in honor of the fcc's new crackdown on broadcasts of profanity:
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more info on the fcc decision:
fcc says use of the f-word is unacceptable on the air (msnbc)
fcc cracks down on broadcasts of profanity (nytimes)

to tivo Mar. 18th, 2004 @ 05:15 am
syntheticmuse
to tivo: to use a personal video recorder to digitally record a tv show

While the recorders are also available from ReplayTV, Dish Network and some cable providers, it is the TiVo name that has become synonymous with the technology. TiVo has been paid perhaps the ultimate consumer compliment: it has become a verb. As in, "Did you TiVo the Oscar show? I missed it," or "I've TiVoed every episode of 'The Avengers' ever made."

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/18/technology/circuits/18tivo.html (registration required)

Enter the Technosexual (by Katharine Miller, AlterNet) Mar. 11th, 2004 @ 06:31 pm
syntheticmuse
After years of cultivating knowledge on all things technological and earning the resident computer guy title at home and work, hardcore computer enthusiasts have heard all the usual terms of endearment and derision that go along with the status. Geek, nerd, dweeb, technophile, computer enthusiast, gadgeteer, techie, antisocial, Mr. Computer Guy... oh, the list goes on. But just when it seemed safe to wave those geek flags, and march through the streets chanting "we're geeks, we're l33t, get used to it," Ricky Montalvo has popped onto the scene to plant a freshly polished name in the minds of geek fans everywhere: technosexual.

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source: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18053

Mar. 9th, 2004 @ 08:00 am
syntheticmuse
ser·en·dip·i·ty (srn-dp-t)
n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties
The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
An instance of making such a discovery.

word history:
We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that “this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word.” Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of “a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of....”

source: dictionary.com
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» A Logophile's Lament by Liz Pavek
A logophile is a slave to words. Especially printed words. A logophile will read anything printed. Labels on cans, boxes, and bags. Package inserts. Instruction sheets and owner's manuals. They read upside down. They read when they should be doing anything else. They love everything that goes with reading (this means books. And more books. And bookcases to put these books into). They have stacks and stacks of brand-new books they've never cracked. They have ancient, battered grade-school textbooks and readers. They have old favorites that get read and reread, and replaced when they become worn or damaged. (Never marry a logophile if you don't share their love of reading. )

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source: http://www.opinions3.com/logophile.htm
» logophilia
pronunciation: loh-goh-FEE-lee-uh
definition: n. the love of words
related: logophile. n. a lover of words.
etymology: logos (greek) = word. philia (greek) = love.

edit: corrected because i'm a flake. ;-p
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