Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Meaning: with a lower-case i, someone who advocates seizing territory back* from another nation or state. With a capital, a member of a 19th century Italian political party which advocated the annexation of Italian-speaking districts from surrounding nations.

Usefulness: 2 (Slightly abstruse, but you'll get points from the politically inclined. Could be useful if you were interviewing Diego Marani, who likes to discuss the attempts of nation-states to co-opt language as identity and/or delineator of borders, and the way that the EU is - possibly - undoing that. Podcast here, or interview here. He's also attempted a universal language, albeit a Euro-centric one.)

Logofascination: 2 (From the Italian for 'unredeemed', as in 'unredeemed Italy'.)

In the wild: A Washington Post blogpost on the issues with a study that supposedly mapped 'racial tolerance'.

Degrees: 3

Connections: irredentist - unredeemed - Redeemer

Which is used in: Logopandecteision. I think Sir Thomas' point here is theological - a rejection of the Covenanters on the basis that God is God, whatever form you worship under, so what's all the fuss about? It's not sound theology, and probably not even sound logic, but it's a popular argument.
That the Catholick Romans have constantly, and yet doe, after the manner of the learned Paynims of old, most heartily relish variety of consecrations, plurality of invocations, and adoring one and the same thing under a great diversitie of titles, is apparent by the several names of churches, huge legend of saints, and different dedicaitons to one diete: as of one edifice to Christ the Redeemer, and of another to Christ the Mediator, of one to our Lady of Help, and of another to our Lady of Mercie; even as the warlike Romans devoted their temples to Iupiter Feretrius, and Iupiter Stator, to Diana Lucina, and Diana Fluena.
There are also political issues around using Catholics as an example to Covenanters, but they're a bit more complicated, and I think this post is long enough as it is. 

*Or, in some cases, just seizing territory. 

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