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Saturday, July 28, 2012

banausic

\buh-NAW-sik\ , adjective;
1.
Serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Quotes:
Banausic to the point of drudgery? Sometimes. Often tedious? Perhaps.
-- David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
To me, the Venetians whom I have met, seem to be merely inadequate, incondite, banausic, and perfectly complacent about it.
-- Frederick Rolfe, The Armed Hands
Origin:
Banausic comes from the Greek word bánaus meaning "artisan, mere mechanical." It entered English in the 1820s.
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