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#156792 - 03/07/06 10:50 AM Re: clerisy
Alex Williams Offline

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#156793 - 03/07/06 11:06 AM Re: clerisy
belMarduk Offline
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Ah but Alex, I was young and impetuous, and wanted to learn to fly for free. If it meant I had to be the best air cadet they'd ever seen (only the top-marked sergeants got the courses) then that's what I was gonna be.

Other things got in the way of my learning to fly - nepotism, politics and such - but that's another story involving a different type of worm. *sigh*

#156794 - 03/07/06 11:32 AM Re: survival training
Jomama Offline

Registered: 03/23/04
Posts: 133
Once apologized to a (non-conformist) Jewish friend for serving him
bacon...He said, forget it, he'd eaten rattlesnake in survival training, nothing else could be a big deal....and he was one who learned to fly at government expense.

#156795 - 03/07/06 11:55 AM Re: learning to fly
belMarduk Offline
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Hmmm. I see a pattern emerge here. Though we don't have rattlesnakes here. Would have been nice (she says nostalgically) to have those big fat rattlesnakes.

We do have garter snakes, but with our temperature, they're very small and skinny. Skinned and cooked, they are rather toothpick-like.

#156796 - 03/07/06 12:34 PM Re: learning to fly
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Survival training for AWAD involves being left to forage on a blank page, with nothing to eat but your words.

#156797 - 03/07/06 01:20 PM Re: clerisy
inselpeter Offline

Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City

That, Father Steve, is a can of worms.

Well, Martin Luther survived a Diet of Worms in 1521 so I suppose I oughta be able to handle it in 2006.

Somewhere or other I heard or read about this clue in the Times of London Sunday Crossword:

"kosher diet" (seven letters)

Answer (below):


Edited by inselpeter (03/07/06 10:07 PM)

#156798 - 03/07/06 08:24 PM Re: clerisy
Coinage Offline

Registered: 03/07/06
Posts: 1
As Fr. Steve points out, the transgression of the man and the woman wasn't about gaining knowledge. The citation shows it was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, not the tree of knowledge. (Apple Computer's logo and Isaac Assimov's misconception about knowledge and the pain of childbirth notwithstanding.) Humankind can't know the difference between good and evil without losing innocence (not ignorance) and choosing evil as an option. Likewise, their sin wasn't about sex but about wanting to be like gods (in control, no rulz!). Their embarrassment at being naked was because they suddenly noticed their bodies looked a lot more creaturely than godlike.

Like Texketz, I also don't see anything particularly ironic about clergy, etc. and clerk, etc. coming from the same roots. (The Scottish tartan for clergy comes from tartan for Clark (clerk), reflecting the reality that the clergy were often the only literate and the most educated members of their community. (Cf. "How the Irish Saved Civilization")

#156799 - 05/02/06 08:13 PM Re: Klerisei
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
Hey afepple,

The term seems to refer a specific (regional) group of clerics. Eg. 'Klerisei Sowiesodorf', unlike 'Klerus' and much like 'Abtei'. I would be very interested to know how long this construction has been in use. Do you think it's old? I remember having some discussion of neologisms created using the suffix '-ei' with someone. These sometimes result in odd sounding words such as 'Detektei'. Some seem to think such words sound more official and are more concise, others think they sound silly.

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