Word of the Day Archive
Monday November 8, 2010
1. Of or pertaining to the common people; popular.
2. Of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular.
3. Of, pertaining to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 b.c. and a.d. 500.
The unmistakable Roth delivery - that inimitably juicy, excoriating, grandstanding blend of the demotic and the literary that peaks in ranting splendour in the best of his long novels - is here reduced to a narrative voice that seems to flirt with banality.
-- "Critical eye: Book Reviews Roundup," www.guardian.co.uk, October, 2010.
Allying himself with the socialist tendency within the movement, Rotas sought to support demotic culture and its language.
-- Peter Holland, Writing about Shakespeare
Demotic stems from the same Greek root as democracy, demotikos, "of or for the common people." Originally, the term described the simpler of two forms of ancient Egyptian writing.