|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Q&A about words » I'm thinking of a word.. Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#138459 - 01/31/05 04:43 PM I'm thinking of a word..
Loc: this too shall pass
Here's a question that came to me out of the "aphorisms" thread in Miscellany. I think we may have discussed this is these pages once before; but I'm trying to remember the word for an aphorism or epigram that serves to introduce a chapter or the title page of a book. (it's not epigram, is it?)
here's an example from a book I have in front of me right now, it appears on the page before the title page of The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong.
We had certainly luck in finding good cooks, thourgh they had their weaknesses in other ways. Gertrude Stein liked to remind me that if they did not have such faults, they would not be working for us. - Alice B. Toklas
[The Book of Salt is written from the point of view of one of their cooks when they lived in Paris. Alice and GertrudeStein (it's how she wanted to be nymed by her employees) mostly provide background for the story.]
edit - uncle bill reminds me that the word is epigraph. do'h! maybe one day I'll remember this. to help me, here is a link to the apposite thread; interestingly, in a crossthreading way, Ms. J. uses the word (and I use the word "word" advisedly) dord in this thread. and precisely at that.
edit - now that I've revisited that thread, I am reminded of how circular these discussions can become; e.g., dord, epigraphs, Meaningless Maxims -- so how come no one has yelled yart! at me?! what a chance at payback y'all have been missing.
#138460 - 02/02/05 06:00 PM Re: I'm thinking of a word..
Loc: this too shall pass
if anyone was curious at all as to the answer to this, I posted it myself, on behalf of bill. this resulted in 0 replies until, unnecessarily, now.
anyway, here is the def'n of epigraph, per M-W.
epigraph \E-peh-graf\ noun [Gk epigraphe, fr. epigraphein] (1624)
1 : an engraved inscription
2 : a quotation set at the beginning of a literary work or one of its divisions to suggest its theme
© 1996 Zane Publishing, Inc. and Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Forum Stats 8876 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members RBG4L, jimrsbjorklund2, Ralph2, JoanPerrin51, Steve_Benko
8876 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 68 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 82 endymion6 80 wofahulicodoc 61 A C Bowden 40 May 33 Rainmaker 15 Tromboniator 4 BranShea 1 Ralph2 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10532 LukeJavan8 7709 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 6033 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith