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Old 02-02-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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phrontistery will do.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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Re: Obscure Word

uuuhhh...

...an establishment for study and learning (sometimes including modern universities) ?
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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English derivation of the classic (and modern) Greek word "phrontisterion," appearing most famously (to a few of us) in Aristophanes' comedy "The Clouds," where it is used to refer to Socrates' "school." In this case often translated as "thinkery." In today's Greece it's a private school to which parents send their budding genius kids (at great expense) to learn math, or foreign languages, or physics, or whatever, well enough to get into university (since the average secondary school doesn't do such a hot job). Aristophanes penned the quote I used elsewhere in response to another of Jage's challenging posts - "brekekekex koAX koAX." Now THAT is obscure! But then we named our beloved SMB "Spitaki."
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Phooey on phrontistery, I'm thrilling to thinkery!
Can hardly wait to use it.
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Joanna, what a kick to know I can still thrill somebody, albeit obscurely!
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For me, the more obscure, the better!
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Lufa? Uffda!
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I guess this is the "intellectual" version of the dancing tomato thread.


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Old 03-09-2009, 08:24 AM   #10
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the ineffectual version...
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