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Hmm, akin to that of a scribe.

Yes, that is basically what I am looking for.

May hap this does call for a neolexia then. A word that describes the act there in of what the Amanuensis enacts while acting the recorder and or observer.


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Bravo, and I do agree Tsuwm; let us not chillax.

Yet in turn let us ideate upon this matter and either locate a word for which is, within the Greek terminology, exactus ["exact or accurate,"] unto what is sought, no matter the linguistic language; or seek to find a simple phrase for which does convey the desired outcome.

Either way, to speak, "He gazed without emotion upon the sadness evident before him..", is not conducive unto the iambic or meter of the poem for which I am attempting to create. Thus the need for disambiguation is most desperately desired.
Well, either that or to disambiguate the sentence, thus bringing understanding with one or two words.

*sighs* May hap I should delegate this poetic dribble unto the heaps of unfinished works within my office.

The English Language is one of the most frustrating and useless languages, within my opinion at the moment, for we do have umpteen words to describe one act, yet none to describe another. It is no wonder that many do look upon us and shake there heads at our audacity of speaking, "We are educated."

I do thank you all for aiding myself in this endeavor.


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Originally Posted By: wofahulicodoc

Commiserate is very close indeed. The only issue that I do have, is that the word does, yet again, deal with empathy. I am seeking the word that describes the act of viewing or seeing sorrow, and not the actual emotional connection.

It's the "amanuensis" function: to see, to register, to note, perhaps to record or to report, but not to sympathize or approve or judge, or indeed to respond in any way. Sorrow or joy or anything else is an independent dimension.

Robert Heinlein embodied it as Anne, the Fair Witness, in Stranger in a Strange Land. Neal Stephenson invoked it tangentially about three-quarters of the way through Anathem. I don't know that there's a single word for it.
Thats the point. There are special expressions and words for watching things and objects s.a. bird spotting, window shopping, but even those are not single words.

All of you survivors, have a very good Christmas Time amd a Happy New Year.

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Why can I not ever enact anything simply? Oh well, I do thank you all for listening.


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...and a Happy New Year to you and yours, too !

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Catholics know this word well, already guilty before getting out of bed. The word is contrition. Acts of contrition must be performed where others can see. Like the Mexicans who crawl on their hands and knees for miles until bloody.

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Profiling? They do not have to be performed publicly.

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