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Postby Bailey » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:49 am

• adamant •
Pronunciation: æ-dê-mênt • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective & Noun
Meaning: 1. [Adjective] Unyielding, stubborn, unbreakable. 2. [Noun] An extremely hard stone or other substance.
Notes: Today's word has the obvious adverb, adamantly, and a noun adamancy. Adamantive means the same thing as adamant though it comes to its sense via "like an adamant (the noun)". Remember that it ends on ANT and you should have no spelling or pronunciation problems.
In Play: Adamancy is the ultimate stubbornness: "Polly Graf was adamant in her denial that she even touched the ice cream carton in the freezer." You are adamant only if there is no possibility whatsoever that you will change your mind: "Friedrich adamantly insisted that we all finish our vegetables before dessert would be served."

Word History: In Middle English today's word referred to a hard precious stone, usually a diamond. The word comes from Latin adamas, adamant-. This word was transliterated letter for letter from Greek, where it originally meant "invincible, unconquerable" from a- "not" + dama- "to tame". Later it came to mean "hard steel or stone" and, finally, "diamond". In fact, our word diamond came from the same source via Old French diamant after the D switched places with the initial A (metathesis) and the first A became I. (We are adamantly offer our gratitude to Chris Stewart today for sending us this fascinating word all the way from South Africa.)


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Re: adamant

Postby skinem » Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:34 am

Bailey wrote: Adamancy is the ultimate stubbornness... You are adamant only if there is no possibility whatsoever that you will change your mind...


Wonderful word! From hard stone to hard head...makes sense.

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Postby Perry » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:12 pm

Bailey,

You didn't have any Agora members in mind, did you? :wink:
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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:15 pm

And incognito should be pronounced in-KAHG-ni-to, by the way.

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Postby sluggo » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:39 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:And incognito should be pronounced in-KAHG-ni-to, by the way.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:59 pm

Why?

Anyway, incognito comes from Latin incognitus,a,um, a proparoxytone whose proper accentuation has been preserved in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian.
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Postby Perry » Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:06 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:And incognito should be pronounced in-KAHG-ni-to, by the way.

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But where did anyone discuss the pronouncation of incognito in the first place?
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Postby Bailey » Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:16 pm

Perry wrote:Bailey,

You didn't have any Agora members in mind, did you? :wink:

nope, I posted it for him because I wanted to post the adam ant picture.
I pronounce it in cahg Nee toe, but who cares.

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Postby gailr » Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:29 pm

“ADAMANT, n. A mineral frequently found beneath a corset. Soluble in solicitate of gold.”
—Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary

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Great pic, Bailey! Is this from your "Ant Fest" years? :D
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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:28 pm

But where did anyone discuss the pronouncation of incognito in the first place?

Nowhere. I started it.

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Postby Bailey » Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:48 pm

gailr wrote:“ADAMANT, n. A mineral frequently found beneath a corset. Soluble in solicitate of gold.”
—Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary

-gailr

Great pic, Bailey! Is this from your "Ant Fest" years? :D
thanks.
erm, uh no, it's from my corset.

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Postby gailr » Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:27 pm

Bailey wrote:
gailr wrote:Great pic, Bailey! Is this from your "Ant Fest" years? :D
thanks.
erm, uh no, it's from my corset.

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A corset will give you a wasp waist which may be(?) appropriate for an ant fest. But I am adamant in recommending against it, as it will ruin the line of your avatar's fetching garb.

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Postby Bailey » Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:35 pm

fetching???? lol
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SciFi & Geek Culture

Postby eberntson » Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:03 pm

There are a number for references to Adamantite in science fiction literature, scifi movies, Dungeons-&-Dragons, and Tolkien. It would refer to alloys that were made out of said mineral, and it's typically described as rare and beautiful. Since geeks into sci-fi, D&D, & Tolkien rarely see a corset you can understand why? :D

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Re: SciFi & Geek Culture

Postby Bailey » Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:29 pm

eberntson wrote: Since geeks into sci-fi, D&D, & Tolkien rarely see a corset you can understand why? :D

Eric

maybe it looks like red kryptonite?

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