Read Thomas Frank's discussion about this column and his book, Pity the Billionaire.
This year al-Zawahiri focused his annual message on a discussion of the drone war and its impact.
Forgive me, here, for bringing to the discussion a personal note.
What follows is an edited transcript of that discussion, which ended in tears for more than one of its participants.
Given the way the media works, someone who does that and who is visible can actually help set the agenda of the discussion.
At least it was he who had determined when the discussion should be closed.
After supper, Mr. Palfrey opened the discussion on Marriage.
Our absolute lack of facts only made the field of discussion wider.
Peaceful, thus drawn into the discussion, cleared his throat again.
Your discussion is interesting and I can understand it well.
mid-14c., "examination, investigation, judicial trial," from Old French discussion "discussion, examination, investigation, legal trial," from Late Latin discussionem (nominative discussio) "examination, discussion," in classical Latin, "a shaking," from discussus, past participle of discutere "strike asunder, break up," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + quatere "to shake" (see quash). Meaning "a talking over, debating" in English first recorded mid-15c. Sense evolution in Latin appears to have been from "smash apart" to "scatter, disperse," then in post-classical times (via the mental process involved) to "investigate, examine," then to "debate."