the rule of superfluities
garnered from statutory drafters.
Plato's Timaeus describes a body composed not from humors, but compacted from earth and fire, water and earth; bile and phlegm figure only as superfluities
, harmful dregs.
We are awash in Winthrop's "superfluities
," on a global credit card binge, dependent on the "kindness of strangers" in China and Japan to not call in the loans.
The first gain from trade drawn from the quotation above is the value it gives to superfluities
and is now widely known as the vent-for-surplus gain from trade.
Commenting on the Pythagorean akousma "the superfluities
of your hair and nails must be cast away," Ficino uses Pythagoras as a catalyst to understanding divine truth.
During his discussion of the nonimportation movement, Fowler stresses that the "staunch Puritan Adams urged repeatedly that luxuries and superfluities
be eschewed" (94).
Good taste, also refined at court, arises from what Montesquieu calls "the constant use of the superfluities
of life," a phrase I will later trace back to Aristotle.
As the poetry of [that] this age is divested of 'poetical devices and conceits,' is so [packed] loaded with thought and emotion that [forces no superfluities] superfluities
are forced out; as the art of this age is so rich with the meaning of things that it is gaunt with a gauntness that puts the detail of fifty years ago to shame; so [was] is this Movement so heroic that the [short memorable phrases] the clash of brass bands, the floating [flying] bunting, the short memorable phrases spoken against the skyline, the traditional appanages of historical heroism had been crowded out.(25)(3)
We lived a simple life, bare of all superfluities
. We had three sets of clothes, which we mended until the material was too rotten to patch anymore.
are fortunately limited to those published in Britain.
As a recent study by Stephen Innes makes clear, the Puritan "civic ideals of social justice and mutual responsibility" required "that some abridge themselves of their superfluities
m order to provide for the necessities of others."
Gibbon drily observes that "it might perhaps be more conducive to the virtue, as well as happiness, of mankind, if all possessed the necessaries, and none the superfluities
, of life.
Free trade unions, strict obedience to the law, the equal rights of citizens and the existence of a legal opposition were seen by these circles as obstacles to "normal" economic development, pointless superfluities
that might be tolerated in the West, but which were completely unacceptable in Russia.
* The rule against superfluities
(construe statutes to avoid
Aspiring writers keen to weave a little humour Into their work would do well to read James Thurber, then, and to remember the three Ts: choose words that succinctly establish a comic Tone, Trim your narrative of superfluities
that will take the edge off your wit, and Time your comic moments so that-llke those of the master himself-they have the power to surprise and amuse.