Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eminent, etc.

Two sets of adjective homophones this week:

Emanant & Eminent
Immanent & Imminent

The two sets are almost homophones of each other, as well. They're easily confused, anyway, so I'm lumping them all together in the picture. I'll define them in the order they appear – not alphabetically today, I'm afraid:

Eminent – High-ranking, important, noteworthy, prominent.
Immanent – Taking place solely in the mind. Also, intrinsically part of something/someone.
Imminent – Soon to occur.
Emanant – Issuing forth, becoming tangible.

"The eminent king was so cruel, his subjects were overcome with an immanent plan to kick his ass at noon – which was imminent. When noon came, they kicked his ass – the plan became emanant."











Now, I ought to mention that there is a noun, Immanant, that should be included here as well. It's some mathematical concept I don't understand and couldn't possibly explain...









...But I can try to incorporate it into the picture.
"The eminent mathematician was so smug when he explained the immanant, the lesser mathematicians were overcome with an immanent plan to kick his ass at noon – which was imminent. When noon came, they kicked his ass – the plan became emanant."

Enjoy!

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