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gregmiller commented on the word summitry
1 the act or practice of holding a summit meeting, esp. to conduct diplomatic negotiations.
2. the art or technique of conducting summit meetings.
3. summit meetings collectively.
December 24, 2008
gregmiller commented on the word physiocrat
One of a school of political economists who followed Quesnay (French economist and physician 1694-1774) in holding that an inherent natural order properly governed society, regarding land as the basis of wealth and taxation, and advocating a laissez-faire economy.
gregmiller commented on the word manichee
"I don't do nuance," said the modern-day Manichee George Bush. "And when you're trying to lead the world in a war that I view as really between the forces of good and the forces of evil, you got to speak clearly."
gregmiller commented on the word amanuenses
A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
gregmiller commented on the word visceral
Characterized by instinct rather than intellect; earthy or crude
gregmiller commented on the word terraqueous
"Nor can I say, that mankind have been more happy in their civil lot, and in the administration of their temporal affairs; which are almost every where in a wretched situation, and they themselves under the iron hand of the oppressor. The whole terraqueous globe cannot shew five free kingdoms; nor perhaps half so many kings, who make the ease and prosperity of their people their care."
--Cato's Letter No. 48
gregmiller commented on the word exuviae
The cast-off skins, shells, or other coverings (like insect coverings) of animals
gregmiller commented on the word execurable
Utterly detestable; abhorrent; very bad
gregmiller commented on the word erythrism
Abnormal redness; as of plumage or hair
gregmiller commented on the word cosmogony
Learned this by reading a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. He was explaining his view of Calvinism.
gregmiller commented on the word caducity
The infirmity or weakness of old age; senility
gregmiller commented on the word baroque
The musical (also art and architecture) period following the Renaissance from roughly 1600 to 1750; Extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style; Irregular in shape (esp. something so ornate as to be in bad taste).
gregmiller commented on the word attercop
A peevish ill-natured person (used in northern Yorkshire); spider (from old english - it's also used in the Hobbit. In old english "attor" means poison and "cop" means head. In modern Norwegian a spider is called edderkopp)
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