Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Meaning: busy-body

Usefulness: 1

Logofascination: 1 (The Greek is fairly straightforward - perhaps that's what I find appealing.  Poly-, meaning many, and prag-, from the same root as pragmatic, meaning deed or act or thing. Many things; apparently being busy has never been a compliment, as pragmatic also once meant meddlesome. I'll need a different answer for people asking about my work.)

In the wild: Not really, but someone has written a book about exactly what the ancients thought of it.

Degrees: 1

Connections: n/a

Which is used in: the -mancy chapter (I know it's not Thursday, but I'm building up to tomorrow), La Tiers-Livre, XXV: In which Panurge etc. It's a bit you haven't seen much of, because there are no -mancys.
He hath not learnt the first precept of philosophy, which is, Know thyself; for whilst he braggeth and boasteth that he can discern the least mote in the eye of another, he is not able to see the huge block that puts out the sight of both his eyes. This is such another Polypragmon as is by Plutarch described.
Apparently Plutarch suggested that polypragmons should occupy themselves with science or history in order to keep out of mischief.

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