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May
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comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
Nonsense also means lack of sense or meaning, e.g., in Logical Positivism, it can be said that anything but definition and tautology is "nonsense" or meaninglessness; thus theology and metaphysics are meaningless nonsense. This is of course a rather technical meaning, and likely not what is intended in the provided sentence
May
31
comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
Also, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity." (Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV)
May
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comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
The refrain from the book of Ecclesiastes "vanity of vanities... all is vanity" is sometimes translated as "meaningless, meaningless... everything is meaningless." To that "he discovered the vanity of consumerism and work" certainly fits both in that sentence and in the sentiment of the Ecclesiastes, e.g. " What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity." (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 ESV)
May
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answered What does “Every Jewish mother will die, a fact many are not exactly famous for playing down” mean?
May
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awarded  Scholar
May
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accepted How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”?
May
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awarded  Nice Question
May
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asked How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”?
Feb
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Dec
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comment How to ask a question to get an ordinal number answer
To clarify, Obama is the 43rd individual to be president, holds the 44th presidency, and the 56th presidential term.
Dec
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comment How to ask a question to get an ordinal number answer
-1 for factual inaccuracies. Though Obama has the 44th presidency, he is not the 44th individual to be president of the United States. Grover Cleveland was #22 and #24, which throws things off a bit. We have had 43 presidents, and 42 presidents preceded Obama.
Nov
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answered Word/phrase to mean something that just happens once
Oct
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awarded  Student
Oct
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asked Name for a type of idiom with two things joined (like “raining cats and dogs”, “bread and butter”)
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Jun
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comment When should “farther” and “further” be used?
What about metaphorical distance? As in "I was told to walk a mile in his shoes, but I walked [farther/further]". How about "'Did you get very far?' 'Yes, even [farther/further] than I expected to.']
Feb
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awarded  Teacher
Feb
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comment What's the opposite word for “sin”?
I don't mean to get so deep here. The question sort of begs it, though.