Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#128140 05/03/04 11:04 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
wsieber Offline OP
old hand
OP Offline
old hand
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
The word measure, even if we limit ourselves to the noun, has many facets. Clearly, a scientist mainly uses it in the sense of "quantification of a phenomenon", i.e. value-free. In other circles, it is used to describe actions taken to change something: "draconian measures". I would like to hear from various quarters, what other uses of the word spring to your mind, and what you think are the original viz. the derived meanings..


#128141 05/03/04 11:18 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
in music, the word is used to describe regular divisions of a piece. they are defined by the meter.
kind of like a ruler... you know, a foot-stick.




formerly known as etaoin...
#128142 05/03/04 07:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 180
member
Offline
member
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 180
There's always, "The measure of a man". Which could, I suppose, have a double meaning.


Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,773
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,773
... how do you pronounce it? Around here, it's said, "MEH-sher", but I often hear (especially on TV) "MAY-sher".


Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
as in your first pronouncizing, but with a z: MEH-zher.



formerly known as etaoin...
#128145 05/04/04 05:30 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
wsieber Offline OP
old hand
OP Offline
old hand
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
"The measure of a man" - and man as the measure of all things. This is the direction I would like to explore. Where, in the space of values, do you locate the word?


#128146 05/04/04 08:56 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
And, of course...for good measure.


#128147 05/04/04 09:09 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400
and measure up--and the converse up to measure

in the garment trade there are 'standard measurement', (for some mythicly perfect person) and made to measure clothing, (couture).


#128148 05/04/04 09:53 PM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Where, in the space of values, do you locate the word?

I think the phrase the measure of a man, implies the quality of the man[sic] must measure up to a high standard. they must have integrity, and be hard-working, and kind, and generous.



formerly known as etaoin...
#128149 05/04/04 10:01 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 2,661
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 2,661
...a high standard. they must have integrity, and be hard-working, and kind, and generous.

There's no place like home.... there's no place like home... there's no place like home..


Page 1 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  Jackie 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,907
Posts228,517
Members9,162
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Doctor, Silverfox, Red_Canoe, Merchant7, crusoe66
9,162 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
1 members (A C Bowden), 87 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,542
LukeJavan8 9,869
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2022 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5