gerwitz has looked up 142 words, created 3 lists, listed 203 words, written 22 comments, added 1 tag, and loved 30 words.

Comments by gerwitz

  • Like many German words, it has no English equivalent, but it means something like “coherent and harmonious,” with a dash of “beauty” thrown in.

    NY Times

    November 13, 2013

  • Arete need not be ethical; indeed it need not even be a trait of a person. It is a trait of anything, whatever that thing is, that makes it good at doing what that sort of thing characteristically does. Thus Plato can speak of the arete of a pruning knife.

    From http://www.utilitarian.net/jsmill/about/20040322.htm

    October 25, 2010

  • Encountered as an apt description of Donald Rumsfeld in Robert Draper's article for GQ.

    May 19, 2009

  • Bantu: the power of words to give life.

    February 19, 2009

  • Why do we use ante meridiem to denote time before noon and post meridiem to denote after noon yet never use meridiem for noon itself?

    February 7, 2008

  • A sniglet of dubious value, but I cannot help myself.

    August 15, 2007

  • I abhor the common use of done to mean finished.

    July 31, 2007

  • A German word without a simple English equivalent, usually "the feeling of solitude in the forest."

    July 31, 2007

  • Discovered in the German title of Werner Heisenberg's article on uncertainty relations (a cornerstone of modern quantum physics). As best as I can find it roughly translates as "intelligible".

    July 31, 2007

  • I believe Lorem would make a wonderfully unique given name. Though I don't believe any woman will be willing to name her child thusly.

    July 31, 2007

  • A much softer and, for me, more accurate term than atheism.

    July 30, 2007

  • As a Roman Catholic schoolchild, transubstantiation was the dogma that ignited my awareness of how mystical that theology was. Considering how diligently my parents and teachers were striving to foster my reason, logic, and scientific thought, this awareness inevitably led to contemplation and eventually my subscription to naturalism.

    July 30, 2007

  • Zounds! I can't believe I neglected the OED when searching for whyever. I've become far too dependant on the readily-accessible and online.

    July 30, 2007

  • I don't care that no dictionary appears to include whyever. If wherever, whoever, and whatever are legitimate, then I'm using whyever.

    July 30, 2007

  • This concept is largely responsible for my naturalist philosophy.

    July 29, 2007

  • I have witnessed the reintroduction of the hard t in often among the educated during my lifetime. Perhaps merely because I am a curmudgeon, this grates against my nerves.

    July 28, 2007

  • Do try out the introduction at Yahoo Games, and the wealth of information at Sensei's Library. Then try a few turn-based games at Dragon Go.

    July 28, 2007

  • zenith?

    July 27, 2007

  • an important element of wabi-sabi

    July 27, 2007

  • Currency? Bah. Sente is a a Japanese term from the game of Go for "initiative" or "control". The player with sente is the one choosing freely while the other (in gote) is forced to respond.

    July 20, 2007

  • Is there a verb that means "exercising telekinesis"?

    July 16, 2007

  • I like atrophy salad.

    July 16, 2007

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