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EXIGENCY

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:35 am

• exigency •

Pronunciation: eg-zi-jên-see • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. An unforeseen crisis or emergency, an urgent necessity. 2. (Law) A requirement, need, or expectation.

Notes: Today's noun may be used with or without the final (redundant) suffix -y: exigence is equally acceptable though less often used. Both these nouns are derived from the adjective exigent [eg-zê-jênt] "pressing, urgent", as in exigent circumstances. There is a sibling adjective, exigible "demandable, that could be required", as an exigible duty on imports, a duty that could be charged whether it actually is or not.

In Play: Our lives are filled with exigent circumstances: "Malcolm was late for work because of a family exigency: his tie got caught in the food disposal and his head was held in the sink for a quarter hour." Of course, what is exigent is a matter of taste and opinion: "Charlotte was faced with a major exigency when she arrived home to discover her apartment was bereft of anything chocolate."

Word History: This Good Word comes from another Latin present participle, exigen[t]s "demanding", of the verb exigere "to demand, require". The passive participle is exactus, the origin of our verb (to) exact as to exact a high price. This verb is a combination of ex "out (of)" and agere "to drive, initiate, lead, carry out", which means that its past participle is actus, ancestor to English act. However, this verb is also the source of agent, someone who carries out tasks on your behalf. Synagogue comes from the Greek equivalent of this verb, synagein "to bring together" based on syn "with" + agein "bring, lead, direct".
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Postby scw1217 » Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:05 pm

I seriously question that lack of all food but chocolate would be exigent! :lol:
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Postby Perry » Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:41 pm

Maybe Charlotte was upset that she didn't have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down.
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Postby Bailey » Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:08 pm

Perry wrote:Maybe Charlotte was upset that she didn't have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down.

Well that's easy for you to say, but what did you mean?

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Postby gailr » Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:15 pm

I'm just counting on Charlotte not finding out who has the chocolate...
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Postby Perry » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:19 am

Bailey wrote:
Perry wrote:Maybe Charlotte was upset that she didn't have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down.

Well that's easy for you to say, but what did you mean?

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Well, what if she had been dreaming about returning home to relax with a wonderful piece of very dark chocolate, together with a demi tasse of ristretto (that's a very concentrated espresso), only to find that she was out of coffee?
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Postby gailr » Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:06 pm

pssst: Perry, Bailey is asking why Charlotte got the "H" out with that beverage...
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Postby Bailey » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:33 pm

actually, I'm trying to get my brain around
have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down."

but thinking is hard for Chimps. My female relatives say "Just hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt"

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:25 pm

Bailey wrote:actually, I'm trying to get my brain around
have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down."
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Change the "s" in "was" to "ter," add some soap or detergent, and then use the resulting solution to devine what one should do with, or to, the chocolate, taking the effects of gravity into consideration (based on the ultimate adverb).

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Postby skinem » Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:19 am

Stargzer wrote:
Bailey wrote:actually, I'm trying to get my brain around
have a suitable beverage to was the chocolate down."
...


Change the "s" in "was" to "ter," add some soap or detergent, and then use the resulting solution to devine what one should do with, or to, the chocolate, taking the effects of gravity into consideration (based on the ultimate adverb).

:)


...or easier yet, just add an "h" to "was"...
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Postby Perry » Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:42 am

To wash the chocolate down. Can't a chap make a typo? :oops:
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Postby Bailey » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:36 pm

sowwy, Chimp can't make course corrections automatically, or figger out dropped aitches.

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