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The fox and the grapes

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Topic: 9) The fox and the grapes (1 of 4), Read 89 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 08:40 AM

Eddy Rhead, of Manchester, England, writes: "I would like to know if there is a word for the feeling of wanting being better than the having. A lucky affliction if constantly faced with sinful temptations!"

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Topic: 9) The fox and the grapes (2 of 4), Read 77 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 05:50 PM

While this may not always apply, "anticipation" is what I would use in this instance. I use the recently released Star Wars movie as an example...the wanting to see the movie (the anticipation) was high, but the movie itself was a letdown for me. This latter feeling is usually called an "anticlimax" or "anticlimactic."

Hope that helps a little!

Aaron Reneker

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Topic: 9) The fox and the grapes (3 of 4), Read 68 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: John Posten (repsap@yahoo.com)
Date: Thursday, June 10, 1999 08:55 AM

This has caught my interest. Carly Simon used "Anticipation" well.

But there are two lines from the Bard that convey a sense that may contribute:
'Present fears are less than horrible imaginings' Macbeth
'It is a consumation devoutly to be wished' Romeo & Juliet (I think)

Perhaps english (should I capitalize) is stuck with 'anticipation.'

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Topic: 9) The fox and the grapes (4 of 4), Read 71 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: John Posten (repsap@yahoo.com)
Date: Thursday, June 10, 1999 09:10 AM

Goethe: Thinking is better than knowing; looking is better than thinking.


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