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Old 01-18-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Word of the day

Word of the day: BLOVIATE : talk or write at length, especially in an inflated an empty way
Example: Do not bloviate about your left-wing liberal views on this forum.

Sorry, this is not the Miriam-Webster definition.
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Word of the Millennium: LIE : "A lie is a statement that is known or intended by its source to be misleading, inaccurate, or false. The practice of communicating lies is called lying, and a person who communicates a lie may be termed a liar. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal, or psychological functions for the individuals who use them. Generally, the term "lie" carries a negative connotation, and depending on the context a person who communicates a lie may be subject to social, legal, religious, or criminal sanctions."

This one is taken from a reliable source, but it fails to adequately describe the adverse consequences of the behavior of people who engage in pathological lying. Almost as bad as liars are the people who defend liars.

Zakaria is right about the adverse consequences of lying, but the Internet is not solely to blame. Mark Twain said it long before the age of computers and the Internet: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”



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Old 01-18-2016, 11:54 AM   #3
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Pontificate: expressing one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:57 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Richard View Post
Word of the Millennium: LIE : "A lie is a statement that is known or intended by its source to be misleading, inaccurate, or false.
Several years ago a traveling evangelist told my riding buddies the same thing. The tavern was dead quiet for over two and a half months.

Granted, I have been loose with the truth more than most, and if I ever hurt anyone I'd feel terrible. Then again, I enjoy hearing or telling a deliberate yarn as part of the evening activities.

It's the sin I find troubling.
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
Pontificate: expressing one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic.
And preaching about “brothers in arms” is not pontificating?

How about HYPOCRISY : the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do : behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel Hypocrisy | Definition of Hypocrisy by Merriam-Webster



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Several years ago a traveling evangelist told my riding buddies the same thing. The tavern was dead quiet for over two and a half months.

Granted, I have been loose with the truth more than most, and if I ever hurt anyone I'd feel terrible. Then again, I enjoy hearing or telling a deliberate yarn as part of the evening activities.

It's the sin I find troubling.
Augustine of Hippo classified lies more than 1600 years ago:

Augustine of Hippo wrote two books about lying: On Lying (De Mendacio) and Against Lying (Contra Mendacio). He describes each book in his later work, Retractions. Based on the location of De Mendacio in Retractions, it appears to have been written about 395 AD. The first work, On Lying, begins: "Magna quæstio est de Mendacio" ("There is a great question about Lying"). From his text, it can be derived that St. Augustine divided lies into eight categories, listed in order of descending severity:

Lies in religious teaching

Lies that harm others and help no one

Lies that harm others and help someone

Lies told for the pleasure of lying

Lies told to "please others in smooth discourse"

Lies that harm no one and that help someone materially

Lies that harm no one and that help someone spiritually

Lies that harm no one and that protect someone from "bodily defilement"

Despite distinguishing between lies according to their external severity, Augustine maintains in both treatises that all lies, defined precisely as the external communication of what one does not hold to be internally true, are categorically sinful and therefore ethically impermissible.

Augustine wrote that lies told in jest, or by someone who believes or opines the lie to be true are not, in fact, lies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie
That last sentence, Chico, probably applied to the members of your MC, so you have nothing to worry about.



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Old Indian proverb, when you throw a stone into a pack of dogs the one that barks the loudest is the one you hit.
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How vapid . . .



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As long as we're doing the word of the day.....
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Wink Well Just Dang!!

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As long as we're doing the word of the day.....
¡¡Eso es terrible!! ¡Pero divertida!
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