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    Compassionate, personable, searching, smart, harmonious.
    Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic culture roughly corresponding to fate. It is ancestral to Modern English weird, which has acquired a very different meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyrdsister View Post
    Compassionate, personable, searching, smart.

    Compassionate and personable stem from the same root. So do searching and smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Compassionate and personable stem from the same root. So do searching and smart.
    Yes... so...?
    Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic culture roughly corresponding to fate. It is ancestral to Modern English weird, which has acquired a very different meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyrdsister View Post
    Yes... so...?
    I am looking for isolated statements because if you say 1 isolated word, it can invoke many ideas at the same time, and you can say many words that are connected and still invoke less ideas than just this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    I am looking for isolated statements because if you say 1 isolated word, it can invoke many ideas at the same time, and you can say many words that are connected and still invoke less ideas than just this one.
    Oh dear Lord not one world in the English language or thought is in isolation.
    Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic culture roughly corresponding to fate. It is ancestral to Modern English weird, which has acquired a very different meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyrdsister View Post
    Oh dear Lord not one world in the English language or thought is in isolation.
    Ok how about this.

    Compassionate and sensitive are within one network of ideas, and there are more ideas that are also in this network. Visionary and innovation are in another network.

    If I say visionary, I invoke innovation. If I say Compassionate, I invoke sensitivity.

    Hence I can say compassionate, sensitive, emotionally astute, accomodating and still only touch basis with one root. And then I could use less words and just say compassionate and visionary and touch basis with two roots and invoke more ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Ok how about this.

    Compassionate and sensitive are within one network of ideas, and there are more ideas that are also in this network. Visionary and innovation are in another network.

    If I say visionary, I invoke innovation. If I say Compassionate, I invoke sensitivity.

    Hence I can say compassionate, sensitive, emotionally astute, accomodating and still only touch basis with one root. And then I could use less words and just say compassionate and visionary and touch basis with two roots and invoke more ideas.

    Can't we all just get along?
    This thread...which could have been poetic has been ruined by my
    word...Quixotic
    So I'm taking it back and nobody can play with it anymore.

    Thanks for defending my word and word choice Eileen, I agree that eventually we could connect all words in some way to each other...and in the end..isn't that an NF's job...connecting.

    So mommy and daddy please don't fight..please don't get a divorce. I'll be good. I'm taking the word back.
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    Can't we all just get along?
    This thread...which could have been poetic has been ruined by my
    word...Quixotic
    So I'm taking it back and nobody can play with it anymore.

    Thanks for defending my word and word choice Eileen, I agree that eventually we could connect all words in some way to each other...and in the end..isn't that an NF's job...connecting.

    So mommy and daddy please don't fight..please don't get a divorce. I'll be good. I'm taking the word back.
    There never was a 'fight'... this was supposed to be nothing more than a thought experiment....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    There never was a 'fight'... this was supposed to be nothing more than a thought experiment....
    Drat that was MY attempt at being funny
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    Drat that was MY attempt at being funny
    We didn't fight (yes, I got your joke; thank goodness SW is not my babydaddy, however) over "quixotic" though I was/am personally feeling annoyed about the aim of the thread and SW's responses to answers to his question. He seems to have a very precise aim for what answers he wants, but that aim has only somewhat become clear as he has responded in the thread, rather than being clear from the start. As a learner, I find that very frustrating. Though this is obviously not school, it's a good reminder for how I should design exercises.

    [And I STILL don't know what the problem was with "quixotic" if "visionary" is now not an appropriate response; see, it's all arbitrary according to SW.]

    If we were together, there's a fun way to do this sort of activity, though. We'd all have a post-it pad, and SW would say, "What adjectives describe a quintessential NF?" And we'd write down all the adjectives that we could come up with, and then we'd compile our post-its together. We'd have a lot of words that were the same, or that could fit in the same category. We'd go to the task of sorting words into concept piles, and then when we had distinct piles, we would find a word with which to classify those piles. So, for example, we might have "quixotic," "idealistic," "big-picture," "visionary," and "speculative," which could go together in one category (perhaps "VISIONARY" but perhaps not). This is called "affinity diagramming" and it is great fun.

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