RE: Oh, my Spartan memory

Subject: RE: Oh, my Spartan memory
From: Jonathan Kajeckas <jgkaje -at- wm -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 16:43:09 -0400

How about shibboleth? MW defines as "a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning"

Other thoughts: double entendre, touchstone, irony, The Wasteland


At 03:12 PM 4/12/2001 -0500, Douglas S. Bailey (AL) wrote:
The term I'm looking for is one of the figures of speech; the figures of
this type don't stand alone by themselves as jargon do. They're adjectives,
used to convey added meaning through the use of a relatively esoteric
reference. The term is itself a noun, just as hyperbole or metaphor are

That said, I've ruled out the following:

tacit abstruse arcane esoteric argot jargon recondite obscure colloquial
slang cant allusion citation

I'm wondering if the term is _metaphor_, but I doubt it...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Douglas S. Bailey [mailto:dbailey -at- commandalkon -dot- com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2001 1:51 PM
> To: 'TECHWR-L'
> Subject: Oh, my Spartan memory
> What's the generic term for a word that requires special
> insight to be understood completely? I think I used to know
> but my memory has been rather Spartan lately.
> If you know what I mean.
> Doug Bailey
> Technical Writer
> Technical Communications Dept.
> Command Alkon
> Email FAX: (413) 653-1027
Jonathan Kajeckas
IT Liaison for Morton


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