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Monday, June 02, 2014

gnomist

\NOH-mist\ , noun;
1.
a writer of aphorisms.
Quotes:
In casting mere shadows on the dial, the gnomist as gnomon will conceal more truth than he reveals. His aphorisms may be subtly off-key…
-- W. David Shaw, Babel and the Ivory Tower: The Scholar in the Age of Science, 2005
He was one of the Gnomists or seven sages of Greece, and the most eminent of his countrymen.
-- Reverend David Blair, Outlines of Chronology, Ancient and Modern: Being an Introduction to the Study of History, 1865
Origin:
The term gnomist entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in the Greek gnṓmē meaning "thought, opinion, intelligence."
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