Introductory remarks on a new blog category: gnomica

It has occurred to me from time to time to do a citation, a citation from some ‘name’ – and then offer a brief comment in connection therewith.

I imagine these brevities as specialized forms of my category obiter dicta, but I think they are independently interesting and sufficiently so that they merit their own category:  gnomica (singular: gnomicon).  My neologism (this word is not listed in the OED) for these entries comes from (what else?) a Greek word — γνώμη gnōmē ‘thought, idea, bit of knowledge’ — designating a common type of ‘general wisdom’ about anything and everything under the sun.

By affixing the common formant -ικ- -ic- (whose approximate semantic loading amounts to something like ‘pertaining to, related to, having to do with, etc. etc. whatever it is attached to) I have now created for myself a new blog ‘category’ wherein are offered a general truth/apophthegm/proverb as a hook on which to hang notions about daily doings and such. Cf. the vast hordes of -ic- formations in modern English, like atomic, endemic, generic, etc. etc.  Incidentally, our equally numerous ‘-ics’ words come off an ancient pluralizing and highly productive -ικά -ica suffix, giving the sense of ‘things, matters, etc. having to do with, etc.’

These little gnomica are enjoyable items to do, and it is my hope you too will find them of interest – and maybe set you to thinking about this or that, whether related to the given entry closely, tangentially, or even remotely.

There are innumerably sources for sayings, and I start you on your journey with this general ‘index’ link here.

As always, civil and articulate comments – whether con or pro – are more than welcome.

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One Response to Introductory remarks on a new blog category: gnomica

  1. Helga says:

    Looking forward to read your ideas, explanations, and thoughts about your chosen “gnomica”. There always seems to be a story behind a citation or a proverb.

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