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Postby Stargzer » Tue Nov 29, 2005 3:15 am


SYLLABICATION: des·ul·to·ry
PRONUNCIATION: dĕs'әl-tôr'ē, -tôr', dĕz'-
ADJECTIVE: 1. Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected: a desultory speech. 2. Occurring haphazardly; random. See synonyms at chance.
ETYMOLOGY: Latin dēsultōrius, leaping, from dēsultor, a leaper, from dēsultus, past participle of dēsilīre, to leap down : dē-, de- + salīre, to jump; see sel- in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS: des'ul·tor'i·ly —ADVERB
des'ul·tor'i·ness —NOUN

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:55 pm

Great poetry, Larry, and topical, too ! Guess «desultory»'s just another name for how we muddle through (or not)....

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