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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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(adjective) Straightforward; not fanciful or imaginative.

Synonyms: matter-of-fact

Usage: It is to be a cold, prosaic, matter-of-fact business proposition.
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Notes: Despite the efforts of legions of excellent novelists, prose has been tainted permanently with connotations of dullness and the commonplace that have taken over the meaning of today's word. This pejorativity has even leaked onto prosaist "writer of prose, prosaic person" to the point that a new term for a prose writer had to be acquired (from the French, as usual): prosateur. All the qualitative nouns bear the same stigma: prosaism, prosaicness, and prosaicalness all refer to dullness and boredom.

In Play: Today's Word has long since bolted the literary arena to romp about the general vocabulary of English: "Lida Lott came in a prosaic gray suit to help convince voters of her political savvy and gravitas." So now anything bereft of romance, beauty, and excitement may be said to be prosaic: "After jumping naked into the fountain downtown in an attempt to escape his prosaic life, Ralph found himself living an even more prosaic life in prison."

Word History: Today's Word came from Latin prosaicus "proselike", the adjective of prosa "straightforward (discourse)", the feminine of prosus, a reduction of proversus "turned forward", the past participle of provertere "to turn forward". This verb comprises pro "forward" + vertere "to turn". The original word that became vert- in Latin became the adverbial suffix -ward in such words as northward and homeward in English. In Russian it hardly changed: vertet' "to turn, rotate, spin".
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 8:03:55 AM

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Prosaic writing can be very exciting and poetic, at the same time!
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:09:23 AM

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ChristopherJohnson wrote:
Prosaic writing can be very exciting and poetic, at the same time!

The Difference between Prose and Prosaic Writing
The adjective from prose is prosaic. However, the term prosaic writing is not necessarily synonymous with prose.

The adjective prosaic carries the connotation of something being basic or simple. (Prosaic is synonymous with adjectives like everyday, run-of-the-mill, normal, ordinary, routine, and standard.)

In other words, a piece of writing described as prose might contain some imaginative figurative language. However, a piece of writing described as prosaic writing wouldn't contain such artistic flair (e.g., metaphors, similes, and hyperbole.)

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:42:41 PM

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Don't believe I've ever heard anyone use this word.
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Adj. 1. prosaic - not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and unimaginative essay"
unrhetorical - not rhetorical
2. prosaic - lacking wit or imagination; "a pedestrian movie plot"
pedestrian, prosy, earthbound
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"
3. prosaic - not challengingprosaic - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines"
humdrum, unglamorous, unglamourous, commonplace
unexciting - not exciting; "an unexciting novel"; "lived an unexciting life"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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