A renowned philosopher was held in high regard by his driver, who listened in awe at every speech while his boss would easily answer questions about morality and ethics.
Then one day the driver approached the philosopher and asked if he was willing to switch roles for the evening"s lecture.
The philosopher agreed and, for a while, the driver handled himself remarkably well.
When it came time for questions from the guests, a woman in the back asked,
"Is the epistemological view of the universe still valid in an existentialist world?"
"That is an extremely simple question," he responded. "So simple, in fact, that even my driver could answer that, which is exactly what he will do."
n. - hinged or removable cover, esp. For a container.
- = *eyelid. put the lid on colloq. - be the culmination of.
- put a stop to. lidded adj. (also in comb.). [old english]
of the land n. State of affairs.
- —v. (lies; lying; past lay; past part. Lain) 1 be in or assume a horizontal position on a surface; be at rest on something.
- (of a thing) rest flat on a surface.
- remain undisturbed or undiscussed etc. (let matters lie).
- a be kept, remain, or be in a specified state or place (lie hidden; lie in wait; books lay unread). B (of abstract things) exist; be in a certain position or relation (answer lies in education).
- a be situated (village lay to the east). B be spread out to view. —n. Way, direction, or position in which a thing lies. lie down assume a lying position; have a short rest. Lie down under accept (an insult etc.) Without protest. Lie in stay in bed late in the morning. Lie low 1 keep quiet or unseen.
- be discreet about one's intentions. Lie with be the responsibility of (a person) (decision lies with you). Take lying down (usu. With neg.) Accept (an insult etc.) Without protest. [old english]
- —n. - intentionally false statement (tell a lie).
- something that deceives. —v. (lies, lied, lying) 1 tell a lie or lies.
- (of a thing) be deceptive. give the lie to show the falsity of (a supposition etc.). [old english]
—n. - either of the two fleshy parts forming the edges of the mouth-opening.
- edge of a cup, vessel, etc., esp. The part shaped for pouring from.
- colloq. Impudent talk. —v. (-pp-) 1 touch with the lips; apply the lips to.
- touch lightly. lipped adj. (also in comb.). [old english]
past and past part. Of *light1, *light2.
—v. (-bb-) hit or throw (a ball etc.) Slowly or in a high arc. —n. Such a ball. [probably low german or dutch]
Cit. Abbr. In the passage cited. [latin loco citato]
cabin n. Hut built of logs.
- —n. - unhewn piece of a felled tree; any large rough piece of wood, esp. Cut for firewood.
- hist. Floating device for gauging a ship's speed.
- record of events occurring during the voyage of a ship or aircraft.
- any systematic record of deeds, experiences, etc.
- = *logbook. —v. (-gg-) 1 a enter (a ship's speed, or other transport details) in a logbook. B enter (data etc.) In a regular record.
- attain (a distance, speed, etc., thus recorded) (had logged over 600 miles).
- cut into logs. log in = log on. Log on (or off) open (or close) one's online access to a computer system. Sleep like a log sleep soundly. [origin unknown]
- n. Logarithm. [abbreviation]
n. Colloq. Lavatory. [origin uncertain]
v. (-pp-) 1 a (often foll. By off, away) cut or remove (a part or parts) from a whole, esp. Branches from a tree. B remove branches from (a tree).
- (often foll. By off) remove (items) as superfluous. [old english]
n. - colloq. (prec. By a or in pl.) A a large number or amount (a lot of people; lots of milk). B colloq. Much (a lot warmer; smiles a lot).
- a each of a set of objects used to make a chance selection. B this method of deciding (chosen by lot).
- share or responsibility resulting from it.
- person's destiny, fortune, or condition.
- (esp. Us) plot; allotment of land (parking lot).
- article or set of articles for sale at an auction etc.
- group of associated persons or things. cast (or draw) lots decide by lots. Throw in one's lot with decide to share the fortunes of. The (or the whole) lot the total number or quantity. A whole lot colloq. Very much (is a whole lot better). [old english]