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Monday, October 24, 2005

Accismus

At Ambivablog I learned that today's word of the day is:
accismus (ak-SIZ-muhs) - noun

Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it.

[From Greek akkismos (coyness or affectation).]

Accismus is showing disinterest in something while secretly wanting it. It's a form of irony where one pretends indifference and refuses something while actually wanting it. In Aesop's fable, the fox pretends he doesn't care for the grapes. Caesar, in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, is reported as not accepting the crown.
A fine word for something we sometimes realize we've built our lives around.

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3 Comments:

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Annalee Blysse said...

I've been known to show disinterest for something I secretly wanted. Good word.

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger kenju said...

Ididn't know there was a word for it! My mom said this was the way to approach boys!

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great way to approach boys, especially if you're interested in the boys that:
A. Don't have anyone else who actually shows interest in them. Because if they (we) know someone is interested, then all else being equal it's quite easy to guess who they'll go to first.
B. Don't have enough respect for you to decide that if you're not interested then they should be polite and leave you alone.

Good to know what your mom wanted for you...

 

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