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apposite - opposite

Posted By: BranShea

apposite - opposite - 02/06/12 07:15 AM

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. "
Posted By: Candy

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/06/12 12:36 PM

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).

apposite
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
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/06/12 03:19 PM

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."
Posted By: Tromboniator

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/07/12 05:29 AM

Exactly where I learned it, Rhuby: comments on essays I wrote in high school, in the '60s.
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/07/12 03:59 PM

Seems our education wasn't completely a waste of time, then. wink
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/07/12 04:23 PM

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.
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/07/12 08:54 PM

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.
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/08/12 01:53 AM

That was very nice indeed. You are very lucky.
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/08/12 10:46 PM

Oh, yes! It is a much treasured possession.
Posted By: Candy

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/09/12 10:57 AM

A great memento Rhuby.
Posted By: Tromboniator

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/09/12 03:12 PM

Entirely apposite, I'm sure.
Posted By: moonlight

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/26/13 03:32 AM

Thank Bransea. I just know it when you introduce. I'll remember it
Posted By: BranShea

Re: apposite - opposite - 02/26/13 10:11 PM

I had forgotten this word completely.
Now it looks like new to me. Thank you moonlight.
Posted By: Bazr

Re: apposite - opposite - 06/06/14 11:46 AM

I will have to start using this word at the apposite time. Thanks Bransea.
Posted By: AlimaeHP

Re: apposite - opposite - 12/14/14 07:27 PM

A word I am unsure if I did ever know. I do live and learn; ever a student in life.
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