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ceria commented on the word syllogistic
from wordsmith:syllogistic (sil-uh-JIS-tik) adjective 1. Of or relating to syllogism (a form of deductive reasoning consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion). 2. Subtle or specious.noun 1. Deductive reasoning. 2. A subtle or specious piece of reasoning.
December 20, 2007
ceria commented on the word friar's lantern
From wordsmith:A phosphorescent light seen over marshy ground at night, caused by spontaneous combustion of gases emitted by decomposing organic matter. A synonym is foxfire (not Firefox), especially for luminescence produced by fungi."She was pinched and pulled, she said; / And he, by Friar's lantern led."'>The first use of the term is in John Milton's 1632 poem L'Allegro:"She was pinched and pulled, she said; / And he, by Friar's lantern led."
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