Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

April 19, 2011

New Words: Parse & Palanquin

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORDS: PARSE & PALANQUIN

 

The question was How easy is it to parse?*

parsed, pars·ing, pars·es.   v.tr.

  1. To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part.
  2. To describe (a word) by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence.
  3.  
    1. To examine closely or subject to detailed analysis, especially by breaking up into components: “What are we missing by parsing the behavior of chimpanzees into the conventional categories recognized largely from our own behavior?” (Stephen Jay Gould).
    2. To make sense of; comprehend: I simply couldn’t parse what you just said.
  4. Computer Science. To analyze or separate (input, for example) into more easily processed components.

v.intr.   To admit of being parsed: sentences that do not parse easily.

parser pars’er n.**

     Consider the cognitive load your headline places on users. The more complex the headline, the more difficult it will be for users to parse, the more likely they are to overlook it. Try to keep your headlines straightforward and unadorned. Use concise and familiar words, if possible.*

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Palanquin also pal-an-keen n. A covered litter carried on poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers, formerly used in eastern Asia. *

…Mr. Law would speak of his sojourn in India,…of the elephants and the palanquins.

SOURCES

*http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/140675/10-questions-to-help-you-write-better-headlines/

**http://www.answers.com/topic/parsing

*** http://www.thefreedictionary.com/palanquin

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ADDITIONAL READING:

WORD OF THE YEAR 2008 VOCABULARY TEST

Eavesdropping—the good and the bad of it

BAD WRITING CONTEST ENTRY

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