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#217861 - 07/28/14 01:05 AM A harbinger of things gone [Re: Bazr]
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harbinger

PRONUNCIATION: (HAHR-bin-juhr)

MEANING:
noun: One that foreshadows the approach of something.
verb tr.: To signal the arrival of something.

ETYMOLOGY:
Originally, a harbinger was a host, a person who provided lodging. With time the sense changed to a person sent in advance to find lodging for an army. From Old French herbergier (to provide lodging for), from herberge (lodging). Ultimately from the Indo-European root koro- (war, host, army) which also gave us harbor, herald, harness, hurry, harangue, and harry. Earliest documented use: 1175.

USAGE:
"It is hard to elude the suspicion that it is a harbinger of further things to come."
Colby Cosh; Trigger Warnings are Easy to Ridicule; Maclean's (Toronto, Canada); Jun 2, 2014.
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HARBINDER - a harbinger past that binds future thinking
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. -Karl Popper, philosopher and a professor (1902-1994)

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#217862 - 07/28/14 02:16 AM Re: A harbinger of things gone [Re: jenny jenny]
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HARBUNGER - the war cry of the Koomananga tribe.
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live in the moment

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#217885 - 07/29/14 10:17 AM To be or not to be: OBSEQUIOUS [Re: Bazr]
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obsequious

PRONUNCIATION: (ob-SEE-kwee-uhs, uhb-)

MEANING:
adjective: Behaving in an ingratiating or servile manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
Earlier the word meant obedient or dutiful, with no connotations of fawning. Over time it has taken a negative turn. From Latin obsequiosus (compliant), from obsequi (to comply), from ob- (to) + sequi (follow), which also gave us obsequy. Earliest documented use: 1447.

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OBSEXQUIOUS - adjective: Behaving in an ingratiating sexual manner with no accompanying connotations of fawning.

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#217895 - Yesterday at 08:21 AM RESTIVE down South is still refusing to go forward [Re: jenny jenny]
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restive

PRONUNCIATION: (RES-tiv)

MEANING: adjective: Restless, uneasy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle French rester (to remain), from Latin restare (to remain standing). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sta- (to stand), which is also the source of stay, stage, stable, instant, establish, static, system, stet and nihil obstat. Earliest documented use: 1549.

NOTES:
Earlier the word meant refusing to go forward, as in a restive horse. Over time the word shifted in meaning and now it means the opposite. Instead of "unable to advance", now it means "unable to remain still".
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FESTIVE - today's "restive".

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#217906 - Today at 12:26 AM GARBLE x rated [Re: jenny jenny]
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garble

PRONUNCIATION: (GAHR-buhl)
MEANING:
verb tr.: To distort a message, document, transmission, etc.
noun: An instance of garbling.

ETYMOLOGY:
Originally the word meant to sift, for example to remove refuse from spices. With time its meaning became distorted to what it is now. From Old Italian garbellare (to sift), from Arabic gharbala (to select). Earliest documented use: 1483.
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GARBILE - angry words so vile they are unintelligible

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