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Re: verbal ouroboros #113090
10/15/03 11:32 PM
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I had to share this:
on looking up "ouroboros" at One-Look, the sponsor for the day was a company called Endless Pools...



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Re: verbal ouroboros #113091
10/16/03 12:29 AM
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We're back at the bottomless cesspit again, aren't we.

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Re: verbal ouroboros #113092
10/16/03 12:35 AM
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In reply to:

Now, Bingley. You know she meant I won't let my students ride that a patient "claimed"


...and to think all this time I've been imagining that Zed is a male. Must be the Jed Clampett connection. The Asp will understand.


Re: verbal ouroboros #113093
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Hey, Wordwind, don't get me involved! (I thought you were male at first, too, but hey...)


Re: verbal ouroboros #113094
10/16/03 04:43 PM
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The best way to understand what an ouroboros is is to do a Google image search. (But whatever you do, don't "google" it!) Here's a link to one example http://www.esoterica.gr/articles/sciences/quantic/ouroboros.jpg. I was just being cheeky because the idea that the word "verbal" would serve to illustrate a linguistic concept seemed...autophagous as it were.



I thought of another good connotation/denotation pair. "Evil" and "wicked" seem pretty close, but in normal everyday speech here in the U.S. we'd use the latter more to describe someone whose activities violated social mores (e.g. sexual mores), for example "a wicked woman." But someone who is truly dangerous or harmful would be more aptly described as evil.

Re: verbal ouroboros #113095
10/17/03 01:41 AM
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Ewww, what is that thing? Thanks, though--at least now I know. Alex--you can be very deep, you know that? Very subtle connections there, my friend. Kudos.


ouroboros :again, and again #113096
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Its interesting, i looked at ouroboros, and it took me a minute to recognize it,(sad) since i have posted the word not once but twice! (and sadder still the second time, i was claiming once again not to know the word!)

i wonder if its the concept, or what, but its a word that several of us have trouble remembering!

(my last post about it was 24/25 months ago? --somehow, i think it was near/just before September 11( the september 11) i have vague memeries, that the book was late back to the libray because it was on my desk, and the office was closed, and i couldn't get to it.)


Re: verbal ouroboros #113097
10/18/03 10:48 AM
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Thanks for posting the link, Alex. I can only imagine what comes up on googling. I tried googling Powwow the Indian Boy earlier this week. Careful with that one, too. Anyone here remember that cartoon? I think Faldage said he did but I haven't found many who do.


Re: Powwow the Indian Boy??? #113098
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Not me. Nuh-unh. Must of was sommedy else.


Re: ouroboros :again, and again #113099
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its a word that several of us have trouble remembering

prolly a silly, but what are other Greek words that are in common usage in English? and what are the synonyms for ouroboros that might be used more frequently? and are some languages just more difficult to integrate into English than others? and why is the sky blue?




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