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Postby timberline » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:39 pm

Huh, my paperback AHD 3rd doesn't have it!! But back-formation from the French reve gives us "dream," n'est-ce pas?
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Postby pengwenn » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:53 pm

Mlou wrote:He suddenly appeared like a revenant, all ghostly and pale, as if the shrouds of the grave still clung to him.


Good sentence Mlou but I think you gave too much away. The 2 definitions I found are:

1. a person who returns
2. a person who returns as a spirit after death

The book titles I found it on:
Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson (release Oct 2007)
Revenant by Carolyn Haines (release Sept 2007)
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke (March 2003)

Don't know if they're any good they's just what I found when I did a search on Amazon for Donaldson's when I couldn't remember the exact title. I've never seen the word before then.
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Postby bfsooner » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:58 pm

So, it's a fancy schmancy word for ghost???
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Postby pengwenn » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:04 pm

Um . . . well . . . since you put it that way, yeah.
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Postby pengwenn » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:19 pm

Thanks to mae we have a new word today:


ENJAMBMENT


any thoughts on this one?
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Postby Daniel » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:31 pm

Enjambment just means that a line/thought continues on/runs over into the next line. For ex:

This day, the sun is dispersing
the clouds which have shadowed
our cheer. We shall find
new energy now to go onward......

Each line is not a complete and finished thought.

This is what Mlou kindly explained to me.
"I think that in order to understand other people's suffering and distress one must have, among other things, a great imagination."

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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:45 pm

Hmmm...I seem to recall a revenant being a ghost or ghoul of some kind. At least that sounds familiar from my childhood D&D days.
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Postby Daniel » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:53 pm

Do you think it's a person who returns? You're so funny. I have no problem in admitting that it is true to some extent. However, if I were you, I would consider another meaning. I say it because I love you all here.
"I think that in order to understand other people's suffering and distress one must have, among other things, a great imagination."



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Postby pengwenn » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:23 pm

Jamie you are correct.
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Postby Daniel » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:27 pm

Another one!
HELLUVA- the dictionary says that it is used to emphasize how big, bad, good sth is, as in: He's a helluva heavy-petter.
Now, "helluva" is a shorter term for "hell of a"?
I know "petter" does not exist. Then what would be the word?
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Postby Hissmonster » Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:50 pm

I have one for you Penn:

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Postby Mlou » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:44 pm

Funny, I just ran across that word in a book I'm rereading, Angels & Demons, Dan Brown.
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Postby Daniel » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:10 pm

:cry: at least say sth about "helluva"!
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Postby Mlou » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:19 pm

What's there to say? You've already looked it up. You know what it is, slang.
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Postby Daniel » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:31 pm

"helluva" is a shorter term for "hell of a"?


That's my question.

What's there to say? You've already looked it up. You know what it is, slang.

That's a question of your own that you answered to yourself. :roll:
"I think that in order to understand other people's suffering and distress one must have, among other things, a great imagination."



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