Thursday, 9 February 2012

Definitions

Bonus (n):  Something good or desirable gained or given with something else; an extra payment for reaching specified targets or at special times of the year; a bribe.

Bribe (n):  Something offered to someone to influence their judgement unduly or to persuade them to behave in a certain way; spoil, booty.
Booty (n): Spoil taken in war or by force; plunder.
Plunder (vt): To carry off the goods or possessions of by force.
Spoil (vt): To mar; to impair; to make useless; to treat over-indulgently.
Indulgent (adj): Ready to gratify the wishes of others; compliant; not severe.
Severe (adj): Conforming to a rigorous standard; hard to endure.
Gratification (n): A recompense, tip or bribe.
Recompense (n): Reward.
Reward (n): That which is given in return for good (or sometimes evil).

All drawn, selectively, from The Chambers Dictionary, 2003




5 comments :

  1. That's a very good way of making a point subtly without shouting. House point.

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  2. Are you sure the source is Chambers, and not Cabinet minutes?

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  3. I'm sure you've observed that you can put 'Large' in front of all these to maximise their significance, except 'Indulgent' and 'Severe'. Which is right and proper.

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  4. I'm gonna shout next time, Rog, trust me.
    Martin, how can you say that? You imagine the Cabinet are that articulate?
    Chris, I'm experimenting with putting 'self-' or its compounds in front of each word. It works with quite a few, if you take a pseudo-poetic perspective. (I particularly like 'self-bribe'.)

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  5. I didn't kmow gratification meant that. In fact now I'm not sure what I thought it meant.

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