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#165534 02/01/07 12:53 AM
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>Hydra, though I have perforce read your signature line many times, I still don't understand it. Would you explain and/or source it?

It's a dictum from the Turba Philosophorum (or Turba Philosopkorum), a twelfth century text on alchemy.

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Is perforce a portmanteau word?




I think a portmanteau word you take a little bit of one word and a little bit of another and kinda smoosh them together. Perforce is two whole complete words whanged one right up next to each other.

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>explain and/or source it?

And as to its meaning, Herman Hesse provides the clue when he states: "It is an old idea that the more pointedly and logically we formulate a thesis, the more irresistibly it cries out for its antithesis."

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two whole complete words whanged one right up next to each other

Same with French propos when it got Englished.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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the more pointedly and logically we formulate a thesis, the more irresistibly it cries out for its antithesis."




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whanged one right up next to each other So this is an official grammatical term, right?

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So it's like that, is it?

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Even the greatest signature gets boring after about 225 posts.

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It must be like having a conversation with someone who finishes every sentence by saying "...but you must know that we are all in agreement, whatever we say." He he. I totally agree. Bye-bye signature.

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I agree that no signature is immune from becoming trite and boring. Especially when you are an active poster.
In my "professional" email signature line I have a list of over 30 which I rotate.
(Perhaps I should stop being lazy and do the same here)

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