rhyparographer love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises rhyparography or the painting of mean, low, or trivial subjects.


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  • Beseeching our grandees of Witland that, as when formerly Apollo had distributed all the treasures of his poetical exchequer to his favourites, little hulchbacked Aesop got for himself the office of apologue-monger; in the same manner, since I do not aspire higher, they would not deny me that of puny rhyparographer, or riffraff follower of the sect of Pyreicus.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel


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  • She, I hope you're not deleting your original comments because of my comment. I was actually referring to qroqqa's citations, not yours.

    I agree with mollusque and chained_bear: Don't feel as though you have to backtrack and remove what might seem redundant in retrospect. It's your Wordie, too. Also, you'll drive yourself 'round the bend doing that. :-)

    July 21, 2008

  • Why, it happens to be a painter of sordid subjects.

    July 13, 2008

  • So what is a rhyparographer?

    July 13, 2008

  • I'm down with people adding usage notes, to augment any of the definitions that might come up with those links. Also sometimes the definitions people add aren't available for lookup. (I've added many like that--some of which were before we had those 12 icons.)

    I agree with mollusque also--once they're there, it's no big deal to leave them there, especially if there are comments on the page as well. Before WeirdNet--sorry, WordNet--and the 12 icons, these definition-comments were more frequent, so they're probably still all over the site.


    July 13, 2008

  • I don't see anyone reason to delete the definitions once they're there, and definitely not if they've generated a comment. Another bit of Wordie etiquette is not to delete comments, except for duplicates. Also, defining in your own words or integrating from several sources is good etiquette, even if other online definitions are available.

    July 13, 2008

  • Didn't see this comment earlier, but yes, I'm going back and deleting redundancies (I left them initially to fill the presumed want of on-page definitions).

    July 13, 2008

  • And I'm curious about why we're being treated to two pronunciations, too. :-)

    July 10, 2008

  • Pronunciation for the rest of us: rip·a·rog·ra·fa, i.e. /ˌrɪpəˈrɒgrəfə/.

    July 9, 2008

  • she, the 12 icons under each word are for dictionary lookup. It's generally considered good Wordie etiquette not to enter a definition in the comments unless absolutely necessary. Please keep that in mind.

    July 9, 2008