Wondrous Words Wednesday
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My words this week come from Drinking With Men by Rosie Schaap.
1. discursive – “He had a sharp and confident, if not downright arrogant, discursive style that lent itself well to debates, in which he habitually prevailed.”
Discursive has several meanings:
- moving from topic to topic without order: rambling
- marked by analytical reasoning
- of or relating to discourse
I was surprised by the difference in the meanings of discursive. From the context, I think the author meant the second meaning, marked by analytical reasoning.
2. simulacrum – “And every subsequent visit to the Man of Kent held out the possibility that something a little magical might happen, even if it was just a conversation with John, or the first cheeseburger I bit into after seven years of vegetariansim, or just the simple pleasure of introducing someone who’d never been there before to this place, this special place where a chicken might wander in at any moment, where surprised English tourists might pop in and be startled at first by this more-than-the-real-thing, more-English-than-the-English but still very upstate New York simulacrum of something so familiar to them, where the respect of a good barman made at least one college girl feel like a citizen of the world.”
Simulacrum is an image or representation.
3. loci – “It has managed to retain its spirit, its its singular genius loci.”
I felt like I should have known loci but I couldn’t define it, so I looked it up. My dictionary defines it as locus, which I had to look up as well. Locus is the place where something is situated or occurs: site, location.