Use it in a Sentence: axiomatic & aphorism

Okay, it appears the writing community out there is not getting the gist of this exercise. This could be my fault, maybe I haven’t explained it well enough…

In a nutshell, Dear Writing Community, I throw a word up and you participate by writing a sentence using that word in the comments section. You score points for alluding to the word’s meaning in less than three sentences without iterating the definition verbatim and you can’t use character dialogue to allude. Check out this article for the complete rules to my tDCS writing exercise.

Bored & moping. Gratuitous violence soon to follow...

Bored & moping. Gratuitous violence soon to follow…

The winner of  last month’s Use it in a Sentence is… NO ONE. Mostly because no one actually entered. Stanley is very disappointed in the writing community right now. You’re boring him. Please don’t bore Stanley. The first stage is moping which is soon followed by Stanley’s rendition of Vyvyan from The Young Ones being, very, very bored… Note to self: hide the cricket bat this time.

Come on people, I know you’re out there. I get a bunch of likes from other writers every time I put up a writing article, so I know you’re seeing these things. Does Stanley have to make personal visits to your households to get you to participate? Trust me, you don’t want this. He hates travelling! Puts him in a right mood…

Okee, dokey. On to business.

Have you ever looked up a word only to read the definition and you’re like “???”. Or you see the word defined simply by another word and then you have to go look up that word before the meaning becomes clear to you. Maybe it’s just me. Look, I’m under a lot of pressure around here! I can’t seem to find the cricket bat and Stanley’s getting that crazed look in his eyes…

Today’s word does not come from Dictionary.com’s word of the day app. It’s one of my favorite words, axiomatic. I just like the way it sounds. It’s one of those words that can totally stump a conversation. Simply saying “stop being so axiomatic” can create long awkward pauses that suggest you may have won the debate or at the very least scurried the moron in front of you away for a while. Most aren’t exactly sure what axiomatic means even though they’ve used it before. Then they go look it up and the second definition is a single word which generally doesn’t help much because people are simply too lazy to look the second word up, and if they do it’s an adjective which is defined by its derived word! At which point they are either stuck in a dictionary loop or have left the party entirely.

You score a extra points for incorporating both of these words in your wonderful entrees.

axiomatic adjective (ak-see-uh-mat-ik)
1. pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious.
2. aphoristic

aphorism noun (af-uh-riz-uh-m)
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Action)

Okay, to get you all started I’ll go first:

One would think the success of Obamacare would be axiomatic to the Conservative Base as they are all insured with cheaper premiums and better plans now. However, stupid is as stupid does.

(evil grin) See what I did there?

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Posted on May 3, 2014, in Productive Pondering & Lollygagging, Use it in a Sentence, Writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nicole Chardenet

    Does a twist on an aphorism count? Because aphorisms tend to be cliche. I was thinking of something like this:

    It’s axiomatic that most homophobic men are misogynist as well, since a gay man is someone who acts more feminine than other men, and female, of course, is inferior. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em Democrat.

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