Coincidence; I just wanted to put in this word 'apposite' which I just read on the back flap of a book I'm reading. Never had seen it before.
Then in the Quinian article ( the double genitive thread- [of my sister's etc.] ) I met with it again, here used as adjective:
"The technical name for this construction is double genitive or double possessive (it has also been called the appositional of-phrase, and the post-genitive). Itís of great age ó examples are to be found in writings of the fourteenth century; by the eighteenth century it was common and unremarkable. "
Thats interesting Bran...at first I thought it must be an error in typing but now I see its a word (I'd not come across before).
1620s, "well-put or applied, appropriate," from L. appositus, pp. of apponere "apply to, put near," from ad- "near" + ponere "to place"
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
It's a good word. I used it from time to time - indeed, when it was apposite so to do - when marking students' essays, as in, "This is a very apposite argument."
Exactly where I learned it, Rhuby: comments on essays I wrote in high school, in the '60s.
Seems our education wasn't completely a waste of time, then.
Certainly seemed so to almost all the students I taught.
Of course, that was just their 'expressed' opinion. I think
deep down they thought otherwise.
Yes, you always wonder if they are just being polite! On my retirement, my colleagues presented me with a book full of letters from past students saying what a good guy I was. They had contacted all of the students that they could find. So, prolly 20 - 30% had moved addresses, there was a response rate of c.40-45% of the rest - and they are the ones wo are being polite, the others just stayed schtumm! Nice to hve it, of course, but it does make one think.
That was very nice indeed. You are very lucky.
Oh, yes! It is a much treasured possession.
Entirely apposite, I'm sure.
Thank Bransea. I just know it when you introduce. I'll remember it
I had forgotten this word completely.
Now it looks like new to me. Thank you moonlight.
I will have to start using this word at the apposite time. Thanks Bransea.
A word I am unsure if I did ever know. I do live and learn; ever a student in life.