19 June 2010

Word of the day


pan·e·gyr·ic (pn-jrk, -jrk)
1. A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment.
2. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.

Used in a sentence:
"Illness and unceasing anxiety had seen to her losing all that; and we can safely neglect all panegyric in that direction, even the observation of foreign envoys; for each panegyrist had an axe to grind."
~Hilaire Belloc, Elizabeth, Creature of Circumstance

Unrelated, however, I liked Belloc's lament in the above book about the decline of English prose and language:
"On the other hand, more and more of us now possess a familiar acquaintance with the glorious German tongue in which it is possible to converse with animals."

I thought it was that Victorian charmer, Dr. Dolittle, who spoke with animals.

Snark off.

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