[Northkeep] News of a propitious expressive magnitude...

Jerry Herring j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 23 09:55:56 PDT 2010

See you called me on my word usage...where few others might not have...I was concerned that I had not applied the correct aspects of the words used. Perhaps if I had said "of a propitiously expressive magnitude" then it may have been a more accepted and proper usage.

From Mirriam Websters online dictionary...

Pronunciation: \prə-ˈpi-shəs\
Function: adjective 
Etymology: Middle English propycyous, from Anglo-French propicius, from Latin propitius, probably from pro- for + petere to seek  — more at pro-, feather
Date: 15th century
1 : favorably disposed : benevolent

2 : being a good omen : auspicious <propitious sign>
3 : tending to favor : advantageous
synonyms see favorable
— pro·pi·tious·ly adverb 
— pro·pi·tious·ness noun

Pronunciation: \ik-ˈspre-siv\
Function: adjective 
Date: 15th century
1 : of or relating to expression <the expressive 
function of language>

2 : serving to express, utter, or represent <foul and novel terms expressive of rage  — H. G. Wells>
3 : effectively conveying meaning or feeling <an expressive silence> <expressive line drawings>

Pronunciation: \ˈmag-nə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\
Function: noun 
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnitudo, from magnus
Date: 15th century1 a : great size or extent b (1) : spatial quality : size (2) : quantity, number
2 : the importance, quality, or caliber of something

Propitious being the word used to describe what may be the felt out the importance of the news or the news itself, as in tending to be of good favor.  The word expressive is attempting to explain that there is meaning or feeling associated with the importance of the news. And magnitude is literally the importance, quality, or caliber of the feeling about the news and there by possibly the importance of the news itself.

I hope this better conveys my attempted verbosity.


From: Marc Carlson <marccarlson20 at hotmail.com>
To: List Northkeep <northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tue, March 23, 2010 11:19:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Northkeep] News of a propitious expressive magnatude...

> From: j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net
> Honorable Lady Elizabeth de Callais is it true, if I understand correctly, that some form of propitious
> expressions are in order after a very recent occurrence of auspicious magnitude involving a member
> of your family?

Ian, if you use smaller words, I'd be less inclined to question your usage.  While the auspices do appear
to be propitious, I think it's ominous to look at making propitiation in expression.  Or are you suggesting
that EdC's expressions are a propitiation?

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