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Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Captain Kremmen, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Pintupi -
    an Australian Aboriginal group who are part of the Western Desert cultural group and whose homeland is in the area west of Lake MacDonald and Lake Mackay in Western Australia. These people moved (or were moved) into the Aboriginal communities of Papunya and Haasts Bluff in the west of the Northern Territory in the 1940s–1980s. The last Pintupi to leave their traditional lifestyle in the desert, in 1984, are a group known as the Pintupi Nine, also sometimes called the "lost tribe".
    Over recent decades groups of Pintupi have moved back to their traditional country, as part of what has come to be called the outstation movement. These groups set up the communities of Kintore (Walungurru in Pintupi) in the Northern Territory, Kiwirrkura and Jupiter Well (in Pintupi: Puntutjarrpa) in Western Australia. There was also a recent dramatic increase in Pintupi populations and speakers of the Pintupi language.

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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Not to rain on your post, but I have one: Harigata.

    I think you'll find all you need with a gargle search. Good night, all.
     
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  5. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Technocracy - Rule by the educated or technical experts; a system of governance where people who are skilled or proficient govern in their respective areas of expertise in technology would be in control of all decision making. Doctors, engineers, scientists, professionals and technologists who have knowledge, expertise, or skills would compose the governing body instead of politicians, businessmen and economists. In a technocracy, decision makers would be selected based upon how knowledgeable and skillful they are in their field.

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  7. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I think we should be ruled by waitresses and retail cashiers. Is there a word for that?
     
  8. Michael 345 Bali in Nov closer Valued Senior Member

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    Two words

    Diners and shoppers

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  9. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    The Waiter Rule refers to a common belief that one's true character can be gleaned from how one treats staff or service workers, such as a "waiter". The rule was one of William H Swanson's 33 Unwritten Rules of Management, copied from Dave Barry's version "If someone is nice to you but rude to the waiter, they are not a nice person."


    It is actually much older than Dave Barry & usually said waitress yet was meant to apply to any service worker or sometimes even servants.
    Often a mother or grandmother told a young girl that if her boyfriend treats her very well but is rude to the waitress, she had best be very careful.

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  10. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Gynocracy - Government or rule by women.

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  11. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Barbarocracy - rule by barbarians

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  12. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Kakistocracy - a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century. It also was used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant use in the first decades of the twenty-first century to criticize populist governments emerging in different democracies around the world.

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  14. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    A society is also said to be judged by the way it treats it weakest members.To my mind employees come into that category as the abuser knows full well that they are not free to answer in kind. This makes them bullies and cowards.
     
  15. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    It's the antonym of "aristocracy" ,"aristos" meaning "best" and "kakistos" meaning "worst".
     
  16. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Sadly, nearly always, the best people & worst people are determined by how much money and/or power they have. Including when those root words were 1st used.

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  17. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    That is true(and clearly a self serving and unreliable measure) but in truth it is the devil's own business to come up with any objective definition of good and bad.

    I remember from my Greek lessons that they also used a word for "miss the mark"** to cover what would later be called "doing wrong" or "sinning". (can't actually remember the particular word now)

    **as in an arrow missing its target.
     
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    The word derives from "Old English syn(n), for original *sunjō. The stem may be related to that of Latin 'sons, sont-is' guilty. In Old English there are examples of the original general sense, ‘offence, wrong-doing, misdeed'".[ The English Biblical terms translated as "sin" or "syn" from the Biblical Greek and Jewish terms sometimes originate from words in the latter languages denoting the act or state of missing the mark; the original sense of New Testament Greek ἁμαρτία hamartia "sin", is failure, being in error, missing the mark, especially in spear throwing; Hebrew hata "sin" originates in archery and literally refers to missing the "gold" at the centre of a target, but hitting the target, i.e. error. "To sin" has been defined from a Greek concordance as "to miss the mark".

    The term hamartia derives from the Greek ἁμαρτάνειν hamartánein, which means "to miss the mark" or "to err". It is most often associated with Greek tragedy, although it is also used in Christian theology.
    Hamartia as it pertains to dramatic literature was first used by Aristotle in his Poetics. In tragedy, hamartia is commonly understood to refer to the protagonist’s error or tragic flaw that leads to a chain of plot actions culminating in a reversal of their good fortune to bad.
    What qualifies as the error or flaw can include an error resulting from ignorance, an error of judgement, a flaw in character, or a wrongdoing. The spectrum of meanings has invited debate among critics and scholars and different interpretations among dramatists.

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    Didn't realize it had such a wide relevance. It must have been that word as I remember that it took the genitive case as an object. Amazing how cultures arise and fade away . I imagine though , with scholastic endeavours and the longevity/detail of records on the internet that they will not go extinct so easily any more.
     
  20. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    It is far from certain that today's cultures will not fade away, including the internet.

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  21. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    Well didn't NASA send a "time capsule" into space?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record#p-search

    If there are no other civilizations out there to eventually find it that would be remarkable in itself** but if there were there is a better than zero chance they may find and translate it (including where it came from if Earth still exists then)

    We have a much better than zero chance of destroying all that in a short matter of years. It's fingers crossed.

    **for us to learn we are be alone would be as important to learn as to find other civilizations.
     
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    While I am glad they did that, it does not contain much info, barely enough to hope it may tell someone we were here once upon a time.

    If there are other civilizations in our galaxy, they may all be so far away that there is no significant chance they will find it.

    We cannot determine what the chances are it will be found but our best guess is barely more than zero.

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  23. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Hagiocracy - government by priesthood.
     

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