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Topic: 4) Contrariwise (1 of 3), Read 67 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 07:29 AM

Rinna Samuel, of Rehovot, Israel, writes, "Of course, there's always the yawning abyss created by the absence in English of anything remotely resembling the spiteful, infinitely powerful defiance of 'davka' of Hebrew (and Yiddish), which as far as I know can only be rendered weakly as 'just because' or 'all the more.' As in, for instance, 'Since you have driven me mad about going to Paris, I davka booked us into a hotel in Venice!' More nobly and famously, the spirit of Masada -- suicide rather than surrender to the Romans -- was in a big way davka. Anyhow, maybe someone can provide a snappy and ringing English equivalent."

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Topic: 4) Contrariwise (2 of 3), Read 71 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 09:23 AM

persistent, dogged, insistent, perseverant, perseverative, persevering, persisting, persistive, determined, steadfast, tenacious, unshakable, relentless, unremitting, stubborn, bullheaded, headstrong, intractable, mulish, pigheaded, refractory, stiff-necked, willful, unyielding, contumacious, insubordinate, rebellious, cantankerous, ornery, unyielding, obstinate

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Topic: 4) Contrariwise (3 of 3), Read 70 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 12:32 PM

well, since we're dragging out the old thesaurus, leave us not forget pertinacious and pervicacious.

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