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Gist

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:15 pm

"upshot" was used by MTC in another discussion, and I got distracted researching it. In the process, I found that "gist" differed from how I have always read it and used it. The word originally meant a bird's resting place. It went on to mean the pith or central meaning of a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or speech. Now many media articles I read begin with what academic articles used to call an abstract, but the current term is "take-away." The gist of what I am saying is I always thought the word referred more to a quick scan of a document and a loose statement of what all it said, a short summary. But the word seems much more specific than the implication I gave it.
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Re: Gist

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:55 pm

Perry: "Gist" is a common word amongst us Red Necks. If one understands the essence of a speech, document or etc. then he/she has got the gist of it. That is pretty close to the dictionary definitions I have read. I don't say it, but it seems trendy to use word "drift" in place of "gist" as in, "if you get my drift."
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Re: Gist

Postby call_copse » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:06 am

The gist of my thinking on this is that the only take-away I'll be having involves a good curry or Chinese, perhaps a pizza, if you catch my drift.
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