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Charientism


SIDEY’S CHALLENGE – link

Charientism

My dear, he said,
How nice to see you again.
Would you dance with me?
He bent his head
And kissed her hand,
Lingering longer
Than he need.

She looked at him,
Met his eyes for an instant
Then dropped her gaze.
Unwilling to show
The dislike she felt.
I would love to, she replied,
If you only could.

noun • /KAR-ee-un-tiz-um/ • a gracefully veiled insult.

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Charientism is the hardest of the four for me to specify because the definitions don’t always agree with each other. The OED has “gracefulness of style, expression of an unpleasant thing in a pleasant style.” Anyone who has ever studied New Testament Greek can see the word “Charis” behind it, which is the central NT term for “grace.” So, charientism appears simply to be an ability to speak graciously, and even to “cover over” the rough spots or unpleasant realities of the moment with smooth speech. Thus, a diplomat would need to practice charientism regularly. In classical Greek the term charientismos describes a person who is a wit or jester.

It can also refer to someone who is “charming.” One who is a charientismos is opposite to someone who speaks in a piercing, sharp, hasty or earnest manner. In his online rhetoric, Professor Burton defines the term as “mollifiying harsh words by answering them with smooth and appeasing mock.” Maybe. The root concept, however, seems to be the “charm” of the person responding, who is able by the calm and even gently ironic or humorous manner to “take the sting” out of what has been said. It is a very valuable verbal skill to have.

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Man, the Destroyer

Raw sewage and industrial waste flows across international borders New River passes from Mexicali to Calexico, California


Man, the Destroyer

Is it too much to ask
That our water be clean,
Uncontaminated
By sewage
Leaking into our dams?
Is it too much to ask
That our leaders appoint
Competent, knowledgeable people
To manage our cities,
Towns, townships
And rural communities
So that they have access
To clean, potable water.
Is it too much to ask
That such appointees
Put self-interest aside
To serve the people
And perform their tasks
To the best of their ability.
Is it too much to ask
That people not performing
Up to standard
Are given notice to quit
Not handshakes of gold
For non-performance.
If things continue
The way they are,
With rewards for nothing,
Our beautiful Rainbow Nation
Will wither and die,
Imploding on itself
Left to vultures and maggots
To clean the cesspool
Caused by mismanagement.

Water pollution
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater).
Water pollution affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water; and, in almost all cases the effect is damaging either to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.
Water pollution occurs when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds.

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