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Postby sardith » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:45 pm

I was recently watching the movie, "The Name of the Rose", in which Sean Connery is a Franciscan friar, who is called upon to solve a deadly mystery in medieval times. It takes place at a Benedictine abbey, where one monk died, but before you know it, monks are dropping like flies. It's not bad, as films go, but I'm partial to Connery myself. 8)

There is one monk who regularly and repeatedly whips his own back with a homemade torture device and gets perverse pleasure from the exercise. Except for the perversion, I've become aware that this is called 'mortification'. Of course, I've looked up the word for myself, but I think this presents a problem for me. :?

I've always said things like, "If I were pulled over by the Highway Patrol, mortified could not touch the half of it!" "I'd be mortified if I split my trousers like Sally just did!" "To be trusted with a solo in the church Choir, I'd then be terribly mortified to sound like a frog in heat!" :oops:

What I'd like to see is a Dr. Goodword article on the word mortified, or mortify, if that is his preference. I'd like to see all of the angles to this 'good' word from our 'good' Doc. :D

Thanks for all your 'good' work,
Sardith :mrgreen:
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Re: mortified

Postby Slava » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:01 pm

Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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Re: mortified

Postby sardith » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:30 pm

Thanks, Slava for the link.

However, I don't understand why the 'Search' function did not produce that same Dr. Goodword beauty, when I used any of the words: mortify, mortified or mortification.

Totally stumped. :P

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Re: mortified

Postby Slava » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:39 pm

Ever since what I call the downgrade, the search function works only for things posted after the disaster. :evil:

You'll notice we no longer have an accented characters box, too. Along with other dribs and drabs to which we used to be accustomed. :cry:
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Re: mortified

Postby sardith » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:26 pm

Bummer. :(
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Re: mortified

Postby Slava » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:42 pm

So, what y'alls gossa do is first look HERE to see if it has been done. Then, if you want to keep it on the Agora, go to Goodword Discussion and sort them by Subject or Date. Flip through the pages until you get to the word you want and make your post in that thread. A bit of a pain in the lower section of the spinal column, but it works.
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Re: mortified

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:22 pm

For the record, the act is called flagellation, and those who practice it have been known historically as flagellants.
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Re: mortified

Postby sardith » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:35 am

You read my mind, Slava, since those were my next questions. You are certainly correct about the results of that rerouting-of-the-system, and the pains in arriving there. :lol:

Perry Lassiter wrote:For the record, the act is called flagellation


Thanks, Perry, nice to know the word, mortified, is still safe for my usage. :D

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