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  • But there were many other sides to him, such as his sense of the ridiculous and his genius as an anecdotalist.

    My hero: Victoria Glendinning on John Gross

  • And you come back with some traveling anecdotalist?

    Matthew Yglesias » For Democrats, Even a 2010 Win Will Feel Like a Loss

  • And I am an anecdotalist. posted by Michelle @ 4: 24 PM,

    La Profesora Abstraida

  • And I am an anecdotalist. posted by Michelle @ 4: 24 PM, comments

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Well, tone, for one thing: a talented anecdotalist puts on a performance in order to give his tale poignancy and point.

    Author! Author! » 2008 » February

  • If you are a hard core anecdotalist nothing exists in any meaningful way beyond the situatedness of the phenomenon anyway.

    Maxwell's Hammer

  • If you are a hard core anecdotalist nothing exists in any meaningful way beyond the situatedness of the phenomenon anyway.

    Maxwell's Hammer

  • I wish the exhibition had been arranged chronologically instead of by theme ( "Landscape Painting as a Science" or "The Rhythm of the Working Hand"): It would have been thrilling to follow the transition from gorgeous anecdotalist to roughhewn mystic.

    Give a Painter His Due: Inness Deserves Top Honors

  • I wish the exhibition had been arranged chronologically instead of by theme ( "Landscape Painting as a Science" or "The Rhythm of the Working Hand"): It would have been thrilling to follow the transition from gorgeous anecdotalist to roughhewn mystic.

    Currently Hanging

  • Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe/Beowulf Sheehan Garrison Keillor - anecdotalist, radio host and laureate of small-town wholesomeness - is publishing a book of Interviewed about the book, Keillor found himself discussing the reaction to an anthology he published a few years ago; specifically, the admired modernist poet full-frontal assault on Keillor's "appalling taste".

    The Guardian World News

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  • Ron Wagner, that may be a quip (though I don't get the joke), but it surely is not an anecdote, which implies a brief story, the recounting of an incident, usually but not necessarily with a humorous "punch line". He used to regale his friends with anecdotes about his college days, but then they all started to avoid him. He wasn't the anecdotalist he thought he was.

    June 1, 2009

  • It's actually madeupicalist.

    June 2, 2009

  • An anecdotalist is someone who is known for telling (hopefully, entertaining) anecdotes. It is a perfectly good word. I don't know how long it has been in English, but it reflects a time, which may seem like ancient history now, when people used to meet face to face and entertain each other by telling amusing stories and having interesting conversations (a person who knew how to keep up their end of a conversation was called a good conversationalist). People do something similar on social-networking sites today, except that they usually don't know who it is they are conversing with and skills at things like conversation and telling amusing anecdotes are not highly valued. Today, it seems, people prefer to tweet at each other.

    One who has mastered the art of bullshitting is known as a bullshit artist. Seanahan has given you the proper term for one who is renowned for making up words, but if you are looking for the word for someone who generally makes up stories, you might try fabulist or (if it's a pathological tendency) mythomaniac. I am not sure what you are trying to say by suggesting the word "inpoortatalist". I expect there is a good word for someone who likes to tell stories that are in poor taste (if that is what you are looking for), but it escapes me at the moment.

    June 2, 2009

  • Gaffeur, maybe?

    June 2, 2009

  • Hmm… wouldn't a gaffeur (which I like!) be someone who is known for making gaffes? (Joe Biden comes to mind.)

    June 2, 2009

  • Well, yes... maybe I don't understand what a story in poor taste is, I thought it was like a gaffe.

    June 2, 2009

  • A gaffe is a general term for saying something one shouldn't say, something that is a social blunder. It might be something in poor taste, or it might just be the result of ignorance or insensitivity or not thinking before you open your mouth. For example:

    "I was so delighted to hear that your son is getting married next month. We all thought he was a 'confirmed bachelor', you know. Who is the lucky girl?"

    "His name's Joe, and he's a wonderful young man."

    "Oh, I see. Well, times have changed… Excuse me, but I just saw the Cohens and simply must wish them a Merry Christmas."

    June 2, 2009

  • Wow, rolig. Nice examples! :)

    I had a friend in college who was the most entertaining anecdotalist I have yet met. She had (short) stories about everything and everyone, and a gift for humorous storytelling.

    June 2, 2009

  • Thanks, C_b! I wonder if other people feel like the art of (face-to-face) conversation is going the way of reading novels and poetry out loud to each other as a form of entertainment and socializing.

    June 2, 2009

  • I'm not the one to ask, probably. I think being able to foster and continue a good conversation was always, or almost always, an almost-lost talent. It seems like few people notice that it's a skill, or choose to develop it, and I suspect it was that way before MyFaceTube as well as after. Same with storytelling, really (an extended version, one could argue, of anecdotal-ing).

    I actually got an award in college, "given to the student who best exemplifies blah blah blah blah blah, and a gift for intelligent conversation." Huh?! Guess they couldn't have foreseen my Specific Excrement list and all the conversations THAT spawned. ;)

    P.S. it was a very very small college.

    June 2, 2009