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Analects

Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:01 am

analects

Main Entry: an·a·lects
Pronunciation: 'a-n&l-"ek(t)s
Variant(s): also an·a·lec·ta /"a-n&l-'ek-t&/
Function: noun plural
Etymology: New Latin analecta, from Greek analekta, neuter plural of analektos, verbal of analegein to collect, from ana- + legein to gather -- more at LEGEND


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Postby M. Henri Day » Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:06 pm

This word - presumably just to tantalise us, BD omitted the definition, which I reproduce, infra - always makes me think of Master Kong (孔子, Confucius) and his disciples, who wrote down what they remembered of his teachings and spread them as the Word. Given that human memory is imperfect and highly selective, this has given rise to various interpretations ever since, not to mention «discoveries» of ancient versions which, hidden in a wall, supposedly escaped destruction during a period when the teachings were persecuted. Sound familiar ?...

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PS : O yes, the definition :

Selections from or parts of a literary work or group of works. Often used as a title.
曾记否,到中流击水,浪遏飞舟?
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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:33 pm

This word - presumably just to tantalise us, BD omitted the definition,

Hahahaha, no, I just goofed up.

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Postby gailr » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:07 pm

You didn't goof up, Dude, you were just being inscrutable.
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:29 pm

And I, presumably, in providing the definition, scrutable ? OK then, but smile when you say it !...

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Postby Stargzer » Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:12 am

Long, long ago (in the early 1970s), there was a cartoon in an Underground paper in which a rabbit (The White Rabbit, eponym of the cartoon) was advising the Chinese not to try to be so inscrutable when Richard Nixon visited because he had proved on many occasions that he could scrut anyone.
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:09 pm

Stargzer wrote:... because he [Richard Milhous Nixon] had proved on many occasions that he could scrut anyone.


With the sole exception, perhaps, of a certain Mr Felt....

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Postby Stargzer » Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:19 pm

He'd've screwt M. Felt if he had any proof . . .
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Postby gailr » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:54 am

Lately when I listen to the news it just seems like déjà vecu all over again...and again...
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Postby Flaminius » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:46 am

ita, sic vixerunt populi Aegypti.
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