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#4140 - 07/16/00 11:23 PM Words about ailments and afflictions
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There is nothing amusing about amusia, especially when it is you who happens
to be struck with the malady. My guess is most of us are when it comes to the
inability-to-produce-music part, few where the appreciation part is concerned.
This week's AWAD features more words about ailments and afflictions, words
you don't want to hear from your doctor's mouth.


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#4141 - 07/21/00 10:03 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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Friday, July 21st, the word is anhedonia. I wondered if this would show up during this "summer of discontent."

What Academy Award winning (US) film was (according to it's director) supposed to be called anhedonia?

The answer is Woody Allen's "Annie Hall."


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#4142 - 07/21/00 11:11 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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Welcome, jmica.

Golly, I was just wondering if I'd get you confused in my
mind with jmike. Then I realized if I sort of Brit-speak your name, "you" could almost be Jamaica! (Yes, I'm weird.)

I don't think a movie or show called anhedonia would do very well! Oh--and I wasn't aware that this is a summer
of discontent--'splain, please?


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#4143 - 07/21/00 12:57 PM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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Why a "summer of discontent," you ask? This week the theme is "words about ailments," last week it was terms from phychotheraphy. This talk of things like trichotillomania is enough to make one want to pull one's hair out!

Fortunately, I cannot do that.


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#4144 - 07/22/00 06:57 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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Ah, now I get it. Merci.

And...obscurant, aren't you?


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#4145 - 07/22/00 08:55 AM Re: hypogeusia
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Interesting to have a Dr Culpepper being quoted re 'diminished acuity of taste' (hypogeusia).



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#4146 - 07/23/00 10:22 PM Re: hypogeusia
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>>Dr Culpepper being quoted<<

Um--because pepper of all kinds is strongly flavored?


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#4147 - 07/24/00 10:16 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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I bristle at this misplaced charge of obscurantism!

Shakespeare's Richard III speaks of "the winter of our discontent... ." In the 60s (an era which we can both remember) the phrase was switched around and applied to the summers of discontent which were marked by inner-city riots. The only exception to the summers of disconcent was the summer of '67 --the summer of the Peace and Love in San Francisco. The next summer Robert Kennedy was gunned down, Martin Luther King was gunned down, tanks rolled against the Prague Springtime of freedom and the Police rioted in Chicago. In the summer of 2000, Anu Garg has marched a melange of maladies before us: yet another (if minor) summer of discontent.



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#4148 - 07/24/00 10:28 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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>I bristle at this misplaced charge of obscurantism!

no need to bristle, your exposition was very welcome, I'm sure. I enjoy literary allusions (how else could I read Umberto Eco??) but I can get frustrated too when they don't register. Folks here are certainly not afraid to ask when we use words that baffle them!


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#4149 - 07/24/00 10:46 AM Re: Words about ailments and afflictions
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Well, jmica:

FIRST, you say that you cannot pull your hair out.
THEN, you say you "bristle"!

If you cannot pull your hair out, that leads me to think
you don't have any TO pull out--in which case, how then
can you bristle, O obscurant one?


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