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New Not what the dictionary says
[link|http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=secular&x=23&y=17|http://www.m-w.com/c...secular&x=23&y=17]


Main Entry: 1sec\ufffdu\ufffdlar
Pronunciation: 'se-ky&-l&r
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saecularis, from saeculum the present world, from Latin, generation, age, century, world; akin to Welsh hoedl lifetime
1 a : of or relating to the worldly or temporal (secular concerns) b : not overtly or specifically religious <secular music> c : not ecclesiastical or clerical (secular courts) (secular landowners)
2 : not bound by monastic vows or rules; specifically : of, relating to, or forming clergy not belonging to a religious order or congregation (a secular priest)
3 a : occurring once in an age or a century b : existing or continuing through ages or centuries c : of or relating to a long term of indefinite duration


I was using the first defitinition. As you can plainly see there is more than one defintion which makes it vauge and ambiguous.

BTW didn't someone once post in here that Coca Cola invented Santa Claus? I searched and found this:
[link|http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp|http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp]


Origins: Santa
Claus is perhaps the most remarkable of all the figures associated with Christmas. To us, Santa has always been an essential part of the Christmas celebration, but the modern image of Santa didn't develop until well into the 19th century. Moreover, he didn't spring to life fully-formed as a literary creation or a commercial invention (as did his famous reindeer, Rudolph). Santa Claus was an evolutionary creation, brought about by the fusion of two religious personages (St. Nicholas and Christkindlein, the Christ child) to become a fixed image which is now the paramount symbol of the secular Christmas celebration.


It clearly states that Santa Claus has become the paramount symbol of the secular Christmas celebration.

As I did state, something being secular is relative to the person doing the judgement. Peter apparently sees Santa as not being secular, but Snopes does see Santa as secular. This just adds to the confusion.



"Lady I only speak two languages, English and Bad English!" - Corbin Dallas "The Fifth Element"

New Oh yes it is.
[link|http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=71094&dict=CALD|http://dictionary.ca...y=71094&dict=CALD]


Peter
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New That's not a proper Engrish dictionary
As it's from Cambridge. :-)
New Which is in which country (hint hint)?


Peter
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New United Kingdom?
New "United Kingdom of A, B, C and D E"
Value of A is?

Bonus points for filling in the rest without googling.


Peter
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[link|http://www.kuro5hin.org|There is no K5 Cabal]
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New Araq?
New /me pulls the IFS lever.


Peter
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New Beeria, Crikey, Disrael, and Effinghanistan
-drl
New You've won a free IFS!


Peter
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[link|http://www.kuro5hin.org|There is no K5 Cabal]
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New Anglos, Berbers, Chinese and Damned Europeans?
-----------------------------------------
"If you don't vote, it's your fault!"
-jb4

George W. "I cannot tell a lie"
George W. B. "I cannot tell a lie from lie related program activities"
New My IFS machine is busy tonight...


Peter
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New Arrogant Bastards with Crappy Dictionary Examples?
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New STAB!


Peter
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New Ah...
Anglic Boffins Can't Describe English, Arguing Balefully, "Colonials Defy Eloquence".
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New Administrative Boofheads Continually Defy Elegance


Peter
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New WOBAFGKMRNS
"Wow! Oh be a fine girl, kiss me right now sweetie!"

(who can identify without looking?)
-drl
Expand Edited by deSitter March 10, 2004, 04:16:37 PM EST
New Re: WOBAFGKMNRS
Stellar sequence, innit?
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New you get a gold star
-drl
New Not much of a stretch.
I was only a year away from an Astronomy degree when I quit... :-)
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New hmm go back? exciting times for astronomy
-drl
New Two reasons:
1) Tensor calculus
2) Gotta pay the mortgage
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New Sheeat
I could teach you tensors in a month. If you ever want tutoring just say "go" and you'll have it down, bro. Seriously.
-drl
New Or Scott could just get his son to teach him...
New I'm sure Scott can handle it
Few subjects are taught as poorly as vector and tensor analysis. It's just a matter of presenting it correctly from a non-mathematician's point of view. That doesn't mean less rigorous or correct, just less general.
-drl
New joke == missed. :D
New You make an assumption...
... that I *want* to learn tensors. There's a reason I'm not a physicist or a mathematician or an astronomer... I don't *like* doing math. This has nothing to do with my ability to do math; it's all motivation. :-P
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New Without googling
England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

That is not exactly in order of aquisition. IIRC, England's claim to Ireland, asserted with varying degrees of success, goes back to the twelfth centry when the Pope gave Ireland to Henry I. And Northern Ireland corresponds closely (and not coincidentally) with the area in which England long had the strongest hold, aka "The Pale".

Cheers,
Ben
"good ideas and bad code build communities, the other three combinations do not"
- [link|http://archives.real-time.com/pipermail/cocoon-devel/2000-October/003023.html|Stefano Mazzocchi]
New You are correct!
No, it's not in the order of acquisition, but it is in the order that rolls off the tongue best ;)


Peter
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New In which country is the law in question being examined?
We have different definitions for things over here you know. If it was a UK Law, you could use a UK definiton. When in Rome do as the Romans do and all that. :)



"Lady I only speak two languages, English and Bad English!" - Corbin Dallas "The Fifth Element"

     I am trying to understand seperation of church and state - (orion) - (106)
         Your religion must be dead for 1000 years - (altmann)
         You found it. - (inthane-chan) - (67)
             a few nits - (danreck)
             Aw, what the hell... - (danreck) - (65)
                 How I read it - (orion) - (64)
                     You also have to look up the 14th amendment - (ChrisR) - (9)
                         Thanks for that - (orion) - (8)
                             Religious freedom is an individual's right... - (ChrisR) - (7)
                                 The way I see it - (orion) - (6)
                                     Getting off into gay marriages? - (ChrisR) - (5)
                                         Sorry I brought it up - (orion) - (4)
                                             Why did the blood tests go away? - (ben_tilly) - (3)
                                                 Test have not gone away everywhere and it is not because of - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                                                     That link didn't work in mozilla :-( - (ben_tilly) - (1)
                                                         I had the same problem w/Moz. - (a6l6e6x)
                     This is why the law applies - (JayMehaffey) - (4)
                         Court rooms - (orion) - (3)
                             The legislature enacts the laws, - (ChrisR) - (2)
                                 Still more questions - (orion) - (1)
                                     Re: Still more questions - (JayMehaffey)
                     The phrase you are looking for verbatim - (Ashton) - (2)
                         Sort of "read between the lines" - (orion) - (1)
                             NO.. - (Ashton)
                     I think you are reading it quite accurately... - (danreck)
                     You could speculate or... - (ben_tilly) - (44)
                         Causes even more confusion - (orion) - (43)
                             Secular isn't vague. - (pwhysall) - (33)
                                 By that reasoning then... - (ben_tilly) - (2)
                                     I didn't reason at all. - (pwhysall) - (1)
                                         Do try to keep up, willya? - (ben_tilly)
                                 Not what the dictionary says - (orion) - (29)
                                     Oh yes it is. - (pwhysall) - (28)
                                         That's not a proper Engrish dictionary - (ChrisR) - (27)
                                             Which is in which country (hint hint)? -NT - (pwhysall) - (26)
                                                 United Kingdom? -NT - (ChrisR) - (24)
                                                     "United Kingdom of A, B, C and D E" - (pwhysall) - (23)
                                                         Araq? -NT - (ChrisR) - (3)
                                                             /me pulls the IFS lever. -NT - (pwhysall)
                                                             Beeria, Crikey, Disrael, and Effinghanistan -NT - (deSitter) - (1)
                                                                 You've won a free IFS! -NT - (pwhysall)
                                                         Anglos, Berbers, Chinese and Damned Europeans? -NT - (Silverlock) - (1)
                                                             My IFS machine is busy tonight... -NT - (pwhysall)
                                                         Arrogant Bastards with Crappy Dictionary Examples? -NT - (admin) - (14)
                                                             STAB! -NT - (pwhysall) - (13)
                                                                 Ah... - (admin) - (12)
                                                                     Administrative Boofheads Continually Defy Elegance -NT - (pwhysall) - (11)
                                                                         WOBAFGKMRNS - (deSitter) - (10)
                                                                             Re: WOBAFGKMNRS - (admin) - (9)
                                                                                 you get a gold star -NT - (deSitter) - (8)
                                                                                     Not much of a stretch. - (admin) - (7)
                                                                                         hmm go back? exciting times for astronomy -NT - (deSitter) - (6)
                                                                                             Two reasons: - (admin) - (5)
                                                                                                 Sheeat - (deSitter) - (4)
                                                                                                     Or Scott could just get his son to teach him... -NT - (inthane-chan) - (2)
                                                                                                         I'm sure Scott can handle it - (deSitter) - (1)
                                                                                                             joke == missed. :D -NT - (inthane-chan)
                                                                                                     You make an assumption... - (admin)
                                                         Without googling - (ben_tilly) - (1)
                                                             You are correct! - (pwhysall)
                                                 In which country is the law in question being examined? - (orion)
                             The Bottom line.. - (deSitter) - (3)
                                 The footnotes to the bottom line... - (danreck) - (2)
                                     Re: The footnotes to the bottom line... - (deSitter) - (1)
                                         Jefferson is spinning like a rotisserie chicken in his grave - (danreck)
                             I didn't say that it was simple - (ben_tilly)
                             Makes me wonder... - (Nightowl) - (3)
                                 They don't make you - (ben_tilly) - (2)
                                     True, but what I really meant - (Nightowl) - (1)
                                         Well, apply the Lemon test - (ben_tilly)
         It started with the Roman Empire. - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
             A fallacy in your argument - (orion)
         funny you should ask - (rcareaga) - (12)
             in one area of the article, only half is revealed - (boxley) - (7)
                 and this "agriculture" stuff - (rcareaga) - (1)
                     You know, if you have to choose... - (ben_tilly)
                 Actually, less than half is revealed - (jb4) - (3)
                     China is far more advanced in this area. - (a6l6e6x)
                     When I was there - (lincoln) - (1)
                         The problem is an expired contract... - (jb4)
                 Bought/sold :-0___ you mean like IT workers? -NT - (Ashton)
             bRandishment - (Ashton) - (3)
                 for every blowdried3piecesuitlimoowning preacher - (boxley) - (2)
                     And those sammich-handing-out ones remain silent as - (Ashton) - (1)
                         nope, in their view meek get sh*t -NT - (boxley)
         Look no further than the first phrase of the first amendment - (ChrisR)
         Re: I am trying to understand seperation of church and state - (JayMehaffey)
         Also a key point that nobody else is pointing out... - (ben_tilly) - (1)
             The effect is nonlinear - - (Ashton)
         It goes back to Jefferson. - (Another Scott) - (9)
             Which goes back to the pilgrims, IIRC - (Steve Lowe) - (2)
                 Right - (deSitter) - (1)
                     Interesting sidenote - (deSitter)
             Vauge language - (orion) - (5)
                 Um, all speech and writing is subject to interpretation. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                     You b*3tard... - (danreck) - (1)
                         Not meant to cause offense. - (Another Scott)
                 Not in the current context - (deSitter) - (1)
                     Your interpritation - (orion)
         Can't take the time for an appropriate clue bashfest - (Silverlock) - (2)
             If you cannot answer the question - (orion) - (1)
                 I'm not sure what your question actually is. - (Silverlock)
         sepArate <<<_______grating, that___over and over and___ -NT - (Ashton) - (4)
             Perhaps that explains why the search came up empty? -NT - (ChrisR) - (3)
                 16,300 hits in Google. :-/ -NT - (Another Scott) - (2)
                     Did you mean: separation of church and state? - (ChrisR) - (1)
                         Yup. ;-) - (Another Scott)

* tilly wonders what the upper limit on the length of a /topic is.
* tilly suspects that we are about to find out.
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