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Postby Susan » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:51 pm

I keep reading this word in The New Yorker, used in the sense of "inferior imitator". Of course, the writers in The New Yorker do like to obfuscate on occasion.
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Postby Bailey » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:27 pm

ep·i·gone (p-gn)
n.
A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.



[French épigone, sing. of épigones, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after : epi-, epi- + gonos, child, seed; see gen- in Indo-European roots.]


epi·gonic (-gnk) adj.
e·pigon·ism (-pg-nzm) n.

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. epigone - an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
epigon
aper, copycat, emulator, imitator, ape - someone who copies the words or behavior of another



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epigone

Postby Susan » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:52 pm

Thanks--very interesting. You made me get out my OED, which had a very nice definition: "One of a succeeding generation. Chiefly in pl. the less distinguished successors of a distinguished generation." There is also an obscure second definition used in botany: "The membranous flask or bag which encloses the spore case of a liverwort or scale-moss when young. Also the nucule of a Chara." So, what is a nucule? "One of the seeds of a nuculanium [!]; a nutlet..." These botanists...[/i]
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Postby gailr » Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:10 pm

This word cries out to be used in a business setting, perhaps in commenting on the suggestion of "difficult" peer? "Schmutznik's idea is the epigone of long-range planning!" :wink:
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Postby Perry » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:32 am

The problem with an epigone is that he isn't gone; but annoyingly here.

The use of he is for the sake of simplicity only.
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