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Rigil Kent (February 13, 2012, 11:50:52 AM):
Right, since mere voting is ostensibly getting us nowhere, I am afraid that the day of calling the forces of La Résistance to arms has arrived. So will both of you kindly join me in setting your automatic spell checkers to American English. The mayem and anarchy sown thus will soon bring those refusing to share in the joy of fresh insignia to their knees! ;)

Mefiante (February 13, 2012, 13:08:36 PM):
With an effort [Otake-san] pulled his mind from eternal things to continue his last lesson. “No, it is not your lack of experience that is your greatest flaw. It is your disdain. Your defeats will not come from those more brilliant than you. They will come from the patient, the plodding, the mediocre.”

“Your scorn for mediocrity blinds you to its vast primitive power. You stand in the glare of your own brilliance, unable to see into the dim corners of the room, to dilate your eyes and see the potential dangers of the mass, the wad of humanity. Even as I tell you this, dear student, you cannot quite believe that lesser men, in whatever numbers, can really defeat you. But we are in the age of the mediocre man. He is dull, colorless, boring — but inevitably victorious. The amoeba outlives the tiger because it divides and continues in its immortal monotony. The masses are the final tyrants. … The roar of the plodders is inarticulate, but deafening. They have no brain, but they have a thousand arms to grasp and clutch at you, drag you down.”
But for its length, quite sig-worthy… ::)

Still, the prevalence of plodding mediocrity is one of the reasons this forum exists.

Hermes (February 13, 2012, 19:02:41 PM):
Κοπρος φανεται is not in the least outdated in Greece. As a matter of fact, Diogenes would find it hard to afford single barrel accommodation in Corinth right now, not to mention onions and a lamp. The rwenzori bit is a bit dated, but so is Papoulias.
Mefiante (February 13, 2012, 19:23:41 PM):
Κοπρος φανεται is not in the least outdated in Greece.
Linguistically or financially? ;) (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

While hardly an accomplished speaker of Greek myself, I have it on reasonably good authority that the phrase in question is rendered a bit oddly (though not outdated).

Hermes (February 13, 2012, 21:20:35 PM):
Both. The Greeks can't afford new dictionaries either.


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