Adjective Fertile and productive. Usually applied to land, as in “a lush, fecund island.” Or to the land of a lucky farmer, tilling his “fecund plots that keep his neighbors in envy.” However, fecund means fertile and land isn’t the first bearer of fertility that usually comes to mind. “For all the pro-choicers out there…
So for instance, you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and asking, “How do I know that I am? Are there logical assumptions that I can make to prove my own existence or should I conduct experiments? Do I need to be empirically verified? Is it even possible to know for sure that I exist? What about how? How do I exist? Is it possible to discover a method by which I exist?”
Ontology is looking at yourself in the mirror and asking, “Do I exist? How do I exist? How do I know that I exist? Am I an indivisible whole or am I set of components? Is my whole a component of some larger whole?”
Preoccupied with pleasure and vice.
“The dissolute professor lost his tenure when he showed up shitfaced for an AM lecture on Wittgenstein.”
“The earliest battles were internecine and costly, piles of dead crowding battle-lines that barely moved.”
Not getting anywhere because you’re moving in arbitrary, haphazard directions.
“The idea had been Denver, but Neil was a desultory driver and we spent days in St. Louis before calling on Lisa in Memphis.”
Concise to the point of being curt or stoic.
A person, thing, or event that’s in the wrong time period or chronological order.
“The play ostensibly took place in 1923, though the men were wearing anachronistic top hats.”
Also used as a synonym for vestige, as in, “Ben’s mid-life crisis fomented his belief in monogamy as an anachronism.”
Almost anal about details, meticulous, keeping everything neat and by the book.
“The fastidious little twerp had me count out each coin as he logged them in his notebook, five long minutes for a plastic cup of power-mix lemonade.”
“The mendicant needed shoes, 500 miles from Biloxi.”