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Post by Mark D Hamill » Tue May 26, 2009 11:07 AM

There is a hecotomb every day at a slaughterhouse.
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Post by MsDebby » Wed May 27, 2009 8:06 AM

atone

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-TOHN, rhymes with phone)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To make amends for.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the contraction of the phrase "at one" meaning "to be in harmony".

USAGE:
"While society must be protected from those who might pose it a threat, it is vital we let people get on with their lives once they have atoned."
Éamonn Mac Aodha; Minor Offenders Need More Help to Escape Spectre of Past Crime; The Irish Times (Dublin); Apr 28, 2009.

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Whoe'er excels in what we prize / Appears a hero in our eyes. -Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)
“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.” ~Anonymous
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Post by Mark D Hamill » Wed May 27, 2009 11:36 AM

I wonder how you know when you are done atoning?
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Post by MsDebby » Wed May 27, 2009 11:43 AM

In Judaism, you atone for your errors (sins) against others with that person. If you try atoning 3 times to get forgiven and you are not, then you have atoned enough. That does not include saying I'm sorry 3 times - it must be genuine attempts.

Only sins against god can be atoned for on Yom Kippur.
“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.” ~Anonymous
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Post by MsDebby » Thu May 28, 2009 8:10 AM

tessera

PRONUNCIATION:
(TES-uhr-uh; plural tesserae: TES-uhr-ee)

MEANING:
noun: A small piece of stone, glass, or tile used to make a mosaic.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin, from Greek tesseres, variant of tessares (four), from the four corners of its square shape.

USAGE:
"Like red-stained tessera, the remnants of lost lives come together to compose a vast and shocking mosaic of contemporary life."
Art Gould; Piecing It All Together; The Anniston Star (Alabama); May 10, 2009.

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As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields. -Leo Tolstoy, author (1828-1910)
“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.” ~Anonymous
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Post by Mark D Hamill » Thu May 28, 2009 11:46 AM

Three times for atoning should be more than enough.
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Post by MsDebby » Fri May 29, 2009 7:44 AM

decuman

PRONUNCIATION:
(DEK-yoo-muhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Very large.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin decumanus, variant of decimanus (of the tenth), from decimus (tenth), from decem (ten). The word was often applied to waves from the belief that every tenth wave is greater than the others. The word also referred to the main gate of a military camp in ancient Rome. This gate faced away from the enemy and the tenth cohort of the legion was stationed there. A related word is decimate and a dean is, literally speaking, a chief of ten.

USAGE:
"The lover whose soul shaken is
In some decuman billow of bliss."
Francis Thompson; The Way of a Maid; c. 1890.

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Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is. -Jean Anouilh, dramatist (1910-1987)
“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.” ~Anonymous
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