that’s it? that’s the eloquent comeback?

Beautiful deck of cards. Sadly, only offered in reward for $100 worth of fonts, and while there are far, far worse things to spend $100 on, I am on a budget til my first payday because I bought a ticket to go here yesterday. 😀

Stolen (among other things in this post 😉 ) from a friend, in order to fluff up the content, but i’m sure sidesh0w’s already seen it <sigh>…

Deadly muse. (creamycreamycheesycheesy)

Also, here’s yesterday’s word-of-the-day, which was actually one I had not heard before:

Socratic irony (suh-KRAT-ic EYE-ruh-nee) noun

A profession of ignorance in a discussion in order to elicit clarity
on a topic and expose misconception held by another.

[After Greek philosopher Socrates (470?-399 BCE).]

Today’s word in Visual Thesaurus: Socratic irony (Check this out, it’s popped up here before, but it’s still cool…edit: the word itself doesn’t work, but you can try it with others, try throwing down that standby of sixth-grade “world’s ____-est” convo’s antidisestablishmentarianism.)

“John, who’d been sitting in a plastic waiting-room chair not saying
a word, looked up, shrugged his shoulders and replied with an air of
Socratic irony that he honestly didn’t understand.”
Tristan Egolf; Lord of the Barnyard; Grove Press; 2000.

“Indeed, from one point of view, Socratic irony seems analogous to
false speech, in the sense that it is not straightforward and
direct.”
J. Peter Euben; Corrupting Youth; Princeton University Press; 1997.

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2 thoughts on “that’s it? that’s the eloquent comeback?

  1. When was that last time you saw the word “profession” used in that context? I’m thinking it’s the “Profession of Faith”, which is actually kind of redundant, if you read the third and fourth definitions of the word (on dictionary.com). I just thought it was interesting, because when you first read the definition of Socratic irony, you think, “How can you have a profession in a conversation? Is that some sort of ancient Greek job a philosopher could have, just someone who converses?” The answer to that question is: uh-huh.

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