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Postby M. Henri Day » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:20 pm

This little-used word ought to be more widely known, just as it should more often characterise the policies, both public and private, which we adopt. The AHD defines it thusly :

i·ren·ic [...] also i·ren·i·cal [...]

adj.

Promoting peace; conciliatory.

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[Greek eirênikos, from eirênê, peace.]
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i·reni·cal·ly adv.


«Blessed are the Peacemakers.»

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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:26 pm

eye-RE-nik? eye-REE-nik? I'm familiar with the word but I don't know its pronunciation (I would tend towards the first). I know Irene is eye-REEN, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the derivative should be pronounced the same (especially in English. Crazy language! :roll: )

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Postby anders » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:11 pm

You say tomatoes, I guess [eire:ne:] (classical pronunciation; I suppose Astrokatastro would have it [iri:ni])

Kinda special to me, 'cos I've known one wonderful Irena (Latvian) and one quite detestable but fascinating Irina [Swedish!)
Irren ist männlich
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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:15 pm

We have Irene's and Irina's in Brazil, but that's easy, you just pronounce it the way it's spelled, so that doesn't help me at all.

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Postby M. Henri Day » Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:10 pm

Just remember to kiss Irene in your dreams and to avoid her mother....

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Postby tcward » Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:42 pm

Any relation to siren...? You know, the ancient Greek myth states that the Sirens lured sailors to their doom, so it would make sense that the sound they made was inviting rather than alarming (which is what we associate with sirens today).

Hmm..

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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:33 pm

According to Merriam Webster, I can say it any way I like.

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Postby Flaminius » Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:39 am

I always cannot but make fun/pun out of irenic with ironic. It's an irenic era when one can be ironic.
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Postby Stargzer » Wed May 04, 2005 5:57 pm

M. Henri Day wrote:Just remember to kiss Irene in your dreams and to avoid her mother....

Henri


(Henri shows his age)

Goodnight, Irene.
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Re: irenic

Postby Stargzer » Wed May 04, 2005 6:13 pm

M. Henri Day wrote: . . .
«Blessed are the Peacemakers.»

Henri


Ah, Henri, thanks for the opening! :D

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