Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Word of the Week

My vote for Word of the Week was going to be ovenable. I'd never seen this before preparing my delicious Amy's vegetable pie, and the word charmed me.

Since then, however, in yesterday's New Testament class we learned the word instantiation. This one wins. It didn't exactly charm me, but it's a great word, so it wins anyway.

2 Comments:

Blogger AKMA said...

I learned “instantiation” in Formal Logic in college. An “existential instiantiation” proposes a definite example, an instance, of some sort of proposition.

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Some seminarian-blopggers love wordplay.

A hypothetical seminarian-blogger — let’ call her “ Raisin” — may or not be such a person.

If she is. . . (and so on)

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In that example, “Raisin” instantiates the general category of seminarain bloggers who may or may not love wordplay.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Baruch Grazer said...

Mirriam-Webster's Collegiate (10th) offers this edifying example from literature:

"Heroes instantiate ideals." W. J. Bennett.

6:21 PM  

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