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Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:19 am

It was the heading, Bush Backs His U.N. Nominee, but Powell Warns of Volatility, of Douglas Jehl's article in today's New York Times that reminded me of the figurative use - another way to fly, in this case off the handle - of this useful word (although I am not convinced that «bullying» and «volatility» are synonyms). The following, at any rate, is what AHD has to say on the matter :

vol·a·tile [...]
adj.


1.Chemistry a. Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures. b. That can be readily vaporized.

2.a. Tending to vary often or widely, as in price: the ups and downs of volatile stocks. b. Inconstant; fickle: a flirt's volatile affections. c. Lighthearted; flighty: in a volatile mood. d. Ephemeral; fleeting.

3.Tending to violence; explosive: a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation.

4.Flying or capable of flying; volant.

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[French, from Old French, from Latin volâtilis, flying, from volâtus, past participle of volâre, to fly.]
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vola·tile n.
vola·tili·ty
[...] or vola·tile·ness [...] n.


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Postby gailr » Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:59 pm

[French, from Old French, from Latin volâtilis, flying, from volâtus, past participle of volâre, to fly.]


Volare, oh oh, allontanare, oh oh oh oh
Let's fly way up to the clouds
Away from the liberal crowds
We can sing in the glow of a nuke that I know of
Where our crowd enjoys peace of mind
Let us leave the intrusion of heathen inclusion behind...
Everybody! Volare, oh, oh,


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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:21 pm

Wow, no flies on you, gailr ! If you don't become the next (next) Pope (and don't forget my berretta !), you could always be a songwriter. Just polish that Italian a little (in both cases) !...

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Postby gailr » Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:31 pm

Thanks, Henri, the berretta is on backorder...

Alas, I don't speak Curia Latin, which I suspect was the impediment in this last election. Maybe B_dude would help with that when the need arises? :)

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Postby Apoclima » Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:36 pm

I’d like to force the world to sing
In perfect unity
Where pederasts, iconoclasts
All have immunity!

I'd like to build the world a jail
Where Christians can abide
In solitude, let’s all be rude,
Until they say they’ve lied.

I'd like to make the world believe
The ideology
Of communists and socialists
And no theology!

It’s the real think
Left is…
That’s the way it should be
Left of center….

Where Liberals wink
At terror links,
And only Christians stink.

It’s the real think
Left is…


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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:16 pm

Surely you jest, Apo ?...

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:35 pm

Maybe B_dude would help with that when the need arises?

I'd be delighted.

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Postby Apoclima » Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:52 pm

Surely you jest, Apo ?...

Henri


Is the left just kidding?

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:02 pm

Beats me ! But based upon the little experience I have, my judgement is that the «Left» does not comprise the monsters you seem to fear. Perhaps the real monsters, if they exist, have found more profitable political affiliations ?...

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Postby gailr » Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:33 pm

Good comeback, apoclima!

I hope it's not too volatile to suggest that "conservative" is not synonymous with rigid closed-mindedness and "liberal" is not synonymous with immoral anarchy. Fortunately, most people live somewhere in between.

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Postby Apoclima » Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:22 pm

Thanks, gailr! One good turn deserves another and, of course, parody without hyperbole would be, how should I say this, just silly!

"It isn't enough just to jab, one must twist alittle too!"

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.....based upon the little experience I have, my judgement is that the «Left» does not comprise the monsters you seem to fear. Perhaps the real monsters, if they exist, have found more profitable political affiliations ?...


Or, maybe, just maybe, the monsters that you admire, Henri, are even more ruthless, duplicitous, and self-serving than the ones that you despise!

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Postby KatyBr » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:11 pm

[French, from Old French, from Latin volâtilis, flying, from volâtus, past participle of volâre, to fly.]
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I was going to say volatile always reminds me of fiery, rather than flighty but here we seem to havbe both,

[quote]Or, maybe, just maybe, the monsters that you admire, Henri, are even more ruthless, duplicitous, and self-serving than the ones that you despise! [quote]
well, since they own the Media, they are who they say they are......

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Postby Apoclima » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:29 pm

Katy:
well, since they own the Media, they are who they say they are......


As they say in the biz, "The show must go on!"

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:46 am

Apoclima wrote:...

Or, maybe, just maybe, the monsters that you admire, Henri, are even more ruthless, duplicitous, and self-serving than the ones that you despise!


I try, Apo, to keep my admiration for monsters within reasonable limits, even if I may not always succeed. On the personal level, while I have in the course of my professional life met not a few people who have done monstrous things, I have never, with perhaps one exception - a young man whose brain had been infected with toxoplasmosis - met any monsters. The real problem arises, I think, in our attempts to judge the moral character of public figures, who almost universally act as if the end justifies the means, and whose view of ends is intimately coupled, of course, with raisons d'état, which seem to justify almost any horror. Are they to be judged by other standards in their public works than in their lives as private individuals, subject to the same strictures as we ? I can't pretend to a final answer to this question, but what I have noticed is that even persons who maintain (in theory) a strict deontological ethic tend to be forgiving of errors committed by «their side» in a dispute. This, I think, is particularly evident in religious or ethnic clashes, in which the need to protect the True Word of God or the Purity and Future of the Race, takes precedence over the dictates of common humanity....

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Postby KatyBr » Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:49 pm

AH, Henri, interesting concept, "monsters I've known and...er...um... not cared for." NO, Feared! I've known two, the others in life who were unpleasanrt may have just been my perception, or Horrors, just reacting to me???? I have known Many many heroes, Saints or whatever you want to call them, And I doubt they were all just my perception as others seemed to glow when they were around. Most however were combo people... Gee, this is way more complicated thsat I expected when I hit the <reply> button.

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