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He Won't Get Far

I'm beginning to read, or trying to begin to read, The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Deciphering the jacket blurbs and the first two sentences of the prologue, I've already been stumped twice by the vocabulary:

gnomic: 1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms. 2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or relating to a writer of such sayings.

In this instance, gnomic is used to refer to a writer of aphorisms. Of course, full understanding is here contingent upon an assumption one is familiar with the meaning of "aphorism," which, as an admirer of The Sage of Potato Hill, I am.

Panglossian: Blindly or naively optimistic.

Thank you, thefreedictionary.com, for the lexicographic enlightenment, without which I would be too shallow, vapid, and stupid to continue reading The Shallows to find out just how shallow, vapid, and stupid the internet is making me.


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sjonsvenson
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
so I would better not start at it ...
pastilla
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I can hardly wait for the opportunity to call someone panglossian. Double points if I get to work in a nauseating reference to Candide.
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