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Jan
22
comment What is it called when a snake is showing its head when angry?
You're right. Though I believe the original poster has a picture in mind of a hooded snake. So it seems.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Thank you all for the brilliant discussion and your learned company. I love English and your intelligent commentary delights.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. I especially love the sound of the last two words you listed and have taken special attention towards them. They go into my list of active writing vocabulary. As for the best answer so far, I believe yours and the one I have marked are on a tie. I had to choose one, so I chose the other.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Thank you for the wonderful suggestions and your learned company.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Wonderfully explained. Thank you, sir.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Nothing. I might go with it. Thanks.
Jan
22
comment What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?
Thanks very much for the suggestions, @BillFranke. I might use one of yours. I am also searching, I guess, for a sound. A sound that I can use in a more formal setting. Like the word 'didactic' would be an adjective I could use if the poem were instructional and literally stated. I'm looking for a more generic word that I can use in a formal setting.
Jan
11
comment The same word used to define itself
@Kris: True that.
Jan
11
comment The same word used to define itself
Sorry you both guys, Matt and Kris, you both provided very helpful answers and invested effort in helping me. I'll be able to upvote you once I have at least 15 points of reputation. Currently a disreputable. Heheh! :-)
Jan
11
comment The same word used to define itself
LOL! nice illustration.
Jan
11
comment The same word used to define itself
Oh nice. Thanks much. Yeah, sure, they are recursive. I was thinking of Lisp when typing up that question, honestly. As you suggest, circular reasoning does fit that statement I posted. Thanks very much for that. However, I think a recursive expression is what I was probably looking for and also ignoring for its familiarity. I was wrongly looking for an arcane expression. Thanks much.
Jan
11
comment The same word used to define itself
Close! Very close. And thanks much much for that. However, I have to say that it is narrower in scope than the usage I described. For example, this statement: "Only God can explain what God is." is not autological. It is evasive of its responsibility to provide meaning. But darn close, and darn useful reply. Sorry, I can only vote you up after I have crossed the minimum reputation limit. My current reputation is just 1 point. Will vote your answer up as soon as I am eligible.