Posted by R. Berg on September 30, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Peri- posted by Lotg on September 29, 2003
: : : : : We've recently moved house and the only dictionary to surface so far in the unpacking is my partner's Collins - which I'm hear to tell you is an awful dictionary.
: : : : : So yesterday someone used the word 'parapetetic' (spelling???). This is a word I've heard before and I love the sound of it, but have no idea what it means, and I can't find it in David's Collins dictionary. Is it derived from parapet? If I've spelt it incorrectly, then probably not. If it is, then it makes no sense in the sentence in which it was used yesterday.
: : : : : Oh, and yes, I do know there's no such word as 'dictionaryless'. That was just a desperate plea for help.
: : : : Parapetetic basically deals w/ someone who tends to "walk around." For example, they said Jesus was a parapetetic teacher because he taught as he walked.... Guy
: : : Thanks Guy
: : Peripatetic. From the Greek "peri," around, as in perimeter, or periphrastic. At one time, peripatetic was more or less reserved for Aristotelians.
: Ahhh, so are these both valid words? I'm thinking, in the context I heard it, it was probably the latter that was meant, and I assume para, instead of peri.
There's just one word, and it's spelled "peripatetic."