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A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Agenda (3)

An agenda could also be an ulterior motive or hidden purpose, as when we say of someone: "I think she has a political agenda." In this sense, the agenda is not what I want to accomplish, but where I want the field to go, an ideological stance or bias.

In Spanish, the word agenda means a small appointment calendar or "planner." So the agenda is also what must be done during particular days, hours, and weeks. That's an interesting metonymy.

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