Posted by GPP on September 30, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Peri- posted by R. Berg on September 30, 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."
Goddess, it's impossible to ever be dictionaryless if you're online.
http://www.onelook.com links to M-W Online and to many other dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc, and via AHD or Columbia Ency, to http://www.bartleby.com, which has an entire reference shelf online free. If you use MS IE (possibly others--I've never checked) you can easily add a OneLook link that sits at the top of your screen with the toolbars. Never need to use a paper dictionary again!