Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ll: Lacuna

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Generally, a lacuna is a gap. The term may refer to:
  • Lacuna (manuscripts), a missing section of text
  • Lacuna (music), an extended silence in a piece of music
  • Lacuna (linguistics), a lexical gap in a language
  • Lacuna (law), the lack of a law or legal source addressing a situation
  • Lacuna model, a tool for unlocking culture differences or missing "gaps" in text
  • Lacunar amnesia, in psychology, amnesia about a specific event

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2. Cocktail Party Banter: :"Now, that is a lacuna worth looking into!"
3. Literary Context: :  The young Pelletir didn't realize at the time that the novel was part of a trilogy, but his ignorance or lapse or bibliographical lacuna, attributable only to this extreme youth,  did nothing to diminish the wonder and admiration that the novel stirred in him." page 3 of 2666 by Robert Bolano.
4.  The Hunt for Words: found the word Lacuna in the book 2666 by Robert Bolano  and found it simply delightful.  It was such a short word but such a powerful one at that.
5.  Audio/Visual:

Friday, December 17, 2010


A 4 becomes a weird A.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bb: Bayesian analysis

Word Defined:  A computer analysis where the computer creates a profile of an average record in a database and then asks it find which records in the database are furthest away from the average.
 Cocktail Party Banter: I was setting the Bayesian Identifiers off by my overt sensuality, at books a million, last Tuesday.
Word Used in LiteratureContemporary Bayesian Econometrics and Statistics.
Bayesian inference
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Aa: Aphelion

Definition:The point at which an orbiting body, such as a planet or comet, is farthest away from the Sun.
Cocktail Party Banter: His anger kept him at the aphelion to the warmth in our relationship.
Literary ContextHence the immense benefit of party in politics, as it reveals faults of character in a chief, which the intellectual force of the persons, with ordinary opportunity and not hurled into aphelion by hatred, could not have seen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Aa: Aleatory

Definitionadj.1. Dependent on chance, luck, or an uncertain outcome: an aleatory contract between an oil prospector and a landowner.
2. Of or characterized by gambling: aleatory contests.

Coktail Party Banter: The player was so aleatory in his attempts to woo the girl that he failed half the time.  But the other half, he played the part of cuckold.

Literary Context: A complex play of themes and variations underscores a narrative that on its surface, appears so aleatory, following the rituals and routines of everyday life.
An Autumn Afternoon by Russell, Catherine / Cineaste

The Hunt for Words:  Found the Word while reading John Gardner's On Moral Fiction.  A great read by the way.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dd: Deluge

Definition: n.
a. A great flood.
b. A heavy downpour.
2. Something that overwhelms as if by a great flood: a deluge of fan mail.
3. Deluge In the Bible, the great flood that occurred in the time of Noah.
tr.v. del·ugeddel·ug·ingdel·ug·es
1. To overrun with water; inundate.
2. To overwhelm with a large number or amount; swamp: The press secretary was deluged with requests 
Cocktail Party Banter: "Don't deluge me with your tears."
Literary Context:
What private solicitude could rear itself against the deluge of the Year One of Liberty--the deluge rising from below, not falling from above, and with the windows of Heaven shut, not opened!

Hunt for Words:
found in the book, "Fingerprints of the Gods".  I knew what the word meant but like this word a lot.  And thought it would be cool to look up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Aa: Adamantine

1. very hard; unbreakable or unyielding
2. having the lustre of a diamond

Literary Context (How does the Word Work):
Here he was, talking like a gentleman at large who was free to come and go and roam about the world at pleasure, when that gallant coachmaker had vowed but the night before that Miss Varden held him bound in adamantine chains; and had positively stated in so many words that she was killing him by inches, and that in a fortnight more or thereabouts he expected to make a decent end and leave the business to his mother.
Hunt for Words: 
Found after looking at the Greek Myth Hephaestus (vulcanus or Mulciber)  son of Hera.  Then I read how he made his mom sandals that were adamantine ones.   I did not know this meaning, now that's heavy stuff.   
Audio/Visual: Adamantine