Nov 212010

adjective: meaning to have regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.

example: “a space of disappearance where ‘imperialism’ and ‘globalism’ are imbricated with each other”

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Nov 212010

(adjective) \at-ruh-BIL-yuhs\
1. Melancholic; gloomy.
2. Irritable; ill-natured; peevish.

Captain Aubrey’s steward [was] an ill-faced, ill-tempered, meagre, atrabilious, shrewish man who kept his officer’s uniform, equipment and silver in a state of exact, old-maidish order come wind or high water.
-Patrick O’Brian, The Hundred Days

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Nov 212010

adj. Merely mechanical; routine; ordinary, not refined; used pejoratively.

contempt for the banausic occupations – T. S. Eliot:
“a sensitive, self-conscious creature . . . in sad revolt against uncongenially banausic employment” (London Magazine).
being implicated in the banausic business of paid employment which the Greeks traditionally found so distasteful”

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Nov 202010

The wedge sank five times into the clay,
and a word, which had been spoken in a breath,
lay still until the gods’ names were forgotten.
Then, when strangers took the tile in hand,
while stars sailed into the dark
beyond the world, the dead tongue
in the clay began to speak.

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Nov 202010

See Wikipedia: “An anacoluthon is a rhetorical device that can be loosely defined as a change of syntax within a sentence. More specifically, anacoluthons (or “anacoluthia”) are created when a sentence abruptly changes from one structure to another.

Anacoluthon is often used in stream of consciousness writing, such as that of James Joyce, because it is characteristic of informal human thought.”

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