Xah Belles-lettres Blog 2012-10
Started a Chinese only blog, at 李杀網誌. All future posts that require fluency in Chinese language, will be posted there.
vocabulary: heresy, variance, espousing, deemed, dogma, connotation, tangible, damnation, alliance
A heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs. In certain historical Christian, Jewish, and some modern cultures, espousing ideas deemed heretical was punishable by law.
The term heresy is from Greek αἵρεσις originally meant “choice”, but also referred to that process whereby a young person would examine various philosophies to determine how to live one's life. The word “heresy” is usually used within a Christian, Jewish, or Islamic context, and implies slightly different meanings in each.
Heresy was redefined by the Catholic Church as a belief that conflicted with established Catholic dogma. Eventually it took on the meaning of an accusation levied against members of another group which has beliefs that conflict with those of the accusers. It is usually used to discuss violations of religious or traditional laws or codes, although it is used by some political extremists to refer to their opponents. It carries the connotation of behaviors or beliefs likely to undermine accepted morality and cause tangible evils, damnation, or other punishment. In some religions, it also implies that the heretic is in alliance with the religion's symbol of evil, such as Satan or chaos.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints
—1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Ephesians 5:3
“becometh” is a old form of “become”.
Vocabulary Review: arduous, shenanigan, tantamount, belligerent, onus, multifarious, glisten, relish, tepid, nominate
Last time, i posted a vocabulary review SAT Words of these words:
Mathematician John C. Baez gave this usage example:
As my colloquial vocabulary shrivels, I exacerbate my hubris with an upsurge in titillating terminology: my listeners grow haggard at my holistic deployment of onerous language. —John C. Baez
That's very funny, and a excellent construction. So, can you make a sentence of the following words?
arduous, shenanigan, tantamount, belligerent, onus, multifarious, glisten, relish, tepid, nominate:.
The more artistic, creative, meaningful, coherent, would be better. Must use at least 7 of the words.
PS: John Baez is also very popular on the web. Check out his home page at http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/, and his very popular blog at http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/azimuth-news-part-2/.
Using Google Translate as Voice Input and Foreign Language Reading
新发现,如果中文打字不熟,可以先到 Google Translate 用声音输入.
New discovery. If you are not familiar with Chinese input, you can go to Google Translate first, use voice input. (other language work too)
Also, you can paste any sentence in any language, then Google translate to another language, and hear Google read out the sentence in the new language. (this can work for other languages, for example: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, …) For example, try to paste the Chinese above.
vocabulary review: loom, upsurge, onerous, haggard, titillate, hubris, holistic, colloquial, exacerbate, shrivel: SAT words.
Your job today is to construct a sentence using all of them. I'll post good ones.
gonna throw some eggs if anyone tells me again about english grammar an. English Writing: to An or Not to An
The open source dictionary dict.org and used by Linux haven't improved a bit. See: Problems of Open Source Dictionaries
i've been checking on Wikipedia article on Nihilism, about every year since about 2005. In the past, the article is misleading, describing nihilism as some destructive Russian political movement, or some anti-moralist thesis. Today, the intro section is correct.
Nihilism (play /ˈnaɪ.ɨlɪzəm/ or /ˈniː.ɨlɪzəm/; from the Latin nihil, nothing) is the philosophical doctrine suggesting the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism can also take epistemological or metaphysical/ontological forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or that reality does not actually exist.
in short, nihilism means that life couldn't possibly mean anything if you follow logic, and all the supposed meaninful interpretations, are basically deception.
etymology of syndicate «1620s, “council or body of representatives,” from Fr. syndicat, from syndic “representative of a corporation” (see syndic). Meaning “combination of persons or companies to carry out some commercial undertaking” first occurs 1865. Publishing sense of “association of publishers for purchasing articles, etc., for simultaneous publication in a number of newspapers” is from 1889. (Syndication “publication, broadcast, or ownership by a syndicate” is attested from 1925.) As a synonym for “organized crime, the Mob” it is recorded from 1929.»
etymology of mammoth
The etymology of mammoth is interesting. Quote:
1706, from Rus. mammot, probably from Ostyak, a Finno-Ugric language of northern Russia (cf. Finnish maa “earth”). Because the remains were dug from the earth, the animal was believed to root like a mole.
As an adjective, “gigantic,” from 1802; in this sense “the word appears to be originally American” [Thornton, “American Glossary”], and its first uses are in derogatory accounts to the cheese wheel, more than 4 feet in diameter, sent to President Jefferson by the ladies of the Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Mass., as a present, engraved with the motto “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Federalist editors mocked the affair, and called up the word mammoth (known from Peale's exhibition) to characterize it.